The violence means something
Most games make death such a casual thing that it literally becomes a press button event. The Last Of Us takes a different route – the violence is there but it resonates with meaning and ramifications. This is a game about ordinary people simply trying to not die, both you and the enemy. No special training or powers, just survival of the fittest. Underlining the far more tangible motivations is a shocking sense of impact to it all; frenzied beatings, guns that feel like ugly and heavy tools rather than beautifully designed machines. You’ve only you’ve only got to watch the closing moments of this The Last Of Us gameplay to see how killing leaves a mark not a score.