The Last of Us
Parent Approved Hero5.0/10
Safe for Time and Money8.0/10
- Short play time
- Engaging story
- Blurred lines of good and evil
- Extreme violence and gore
- Adult language
- Themes lack hope and goodness
Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
The Last of Us is a first person shooter filled with gore, death, hopelessness, and violence. You play as Joel a smuggler in a post-apocalyptic America who is taking a young girl named Ellie to safety across the nation. You battle zombie hordes, other humans, and use any means necessary to win.
The Last of Us is a wildly violent horror-fest. Players will be highly engaged by the story, much like The Walking Dead. However, the death and carnage are not worth the price of admission. This game is similar in many ways to DOOM (2016).
The Verdict: Skip It
Parent Approved Hero: 5/10
- Joel struggles to walk the line between good and evil.
- You often only kill when forced to. You are forced to kill a lot.
- While Joel is complex, and Ellie starts innocent, the line of acceptable blurs quickly.
Appropriate Combat: 1/10
- You kill in any way necessary.
- Tons of gore and blood.
- Combat is often the only solution.
- Weapons are realistic, gritty and gory.
Constructive Language: 1/10
- “The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.” (ESRB)
- Characters engage in topics ranging from porn to murder.
Spiritually Sound: 3/10
- There aren’t any specific religions, dark forces or other spiritual red flags.
- Players are pushed to make decisions that occur in real life: Who should live, who should die, and how.
Family Safe: 1/10
- -Dark subjects and themes: Apocalypse, death, zombies, survival
- -Masochistic enemies bent on killing you
- -Mutant humans with a lust for death chase you
- -The backstory is just as gruesome and dark as the plot
Safe for Time and Money : 8/10
- Can be beaten in about 15 hours.
- There are DLC that can now be bundle purchased. No micro transactions.
Positive Message: 2/10
- +Heroes fight for survival against all odds.
- +Loyalty and the idea of family are major themes.
- -Revenge is justified, even celebrated
- -Murder is a must
- -The end justifies the means, as long as it’s your means. If it negatively impacts your character, then you’re not okay with it.
- -The story is dark, depressing and ultimately hopeless. There is no light at the end of the tunnel.
Discuss these with your gamer sometime this week. Pick a car ride, a family dinner, or other time together and talk through how the gospel connects to this game.
Q: The wisest man to ever live once said: “There is a time to be born and a time to die…a time to kill and a time to heal.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3) How might we know when there is a right time to give life or take it? How does this game handle life and death?
Q: For those who are in Christ, death holds no sting. (1 Corinthians 15:55) Paul said that this life is simply service to Jesus, and dying means stepping into everything God originally created us for: Relationship with Him. (Philippians 1:21) (1 Corinthians 13:12) This is the hope of Christ – the gospel. How would this game change in light of the gospel?
If you like this game you should check out:
Any number of games from this same developer:
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Crash Bandicoot Trilogy: Rated for Everyone.
You play as Crash Bandicoot, a Mario-esk character, who must rise up and save the world from an evil villain.