The Last of Us Part I

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
Last of Us Part 1 Box Cover

Common Sense says

age 18+

Bloody horror remake with themes of friendship, sacrifice.

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 14+
I am actually 13 almost 14 but I only wrote it here because I know nobody reads the teens section.Nailed it. Incredible game. I am already a huge the last of us fan such incredible games both the first and second game . The story is amazing it’s so interesting and complete. The gameplay is really awesome too like the second they have many options of challenges. The game is very complete in many ways but it sure has a lot of violence like bodies exploding people being stabbed and screaming when dying. Well other than that and a lot of swearing I think it’s okay for a mature 13 year old to play it.

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Great role models
Too much swearing
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age 15+

A piece of art with potentially distressing material

I don't think it's unfair to describe this game as an artistic masterpiece. The main character, Joel, is set up as gruff and traumatized at the beginning but begins to take on a paternal role for his newfound daughter, Ellie. Ellie is a foil to Joel, being lighthearted and adventurous at first before events throughout the pair's journey to Colorado harden her to the outside world. All of the areas are beautifully designed and portray a haunting beauty of nature reclaiming a fallen world. There are a few potentially triggering scenes. There is an implied depiction of attempted sexual assault during the climax of the game --- the season "Winter" --- but it is not explicitly shown and left up to the imagination. The game also isn't light on the violence, with characters able to die (and dying) in brutal ways. TLOU tackles serious themes such as the death of children and animals, suicide, cannibalism, and existentialism. One of the main themes of the game is if the wants of the many outweigh the needs of the few --- not to spoil anything, but near the end of the game Joel has to make a choice to sacrifice a loved one's life in return for a longshot chance to saving millions.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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