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The Last of Us EP28: Triangle Harder

By Shamus
on Wednesday Dec 10, 2014
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I know a running joke on the show is how we constantly make fun of Josh for playing so bad, but I think we need to drop that gag for a minute and talk about these goofy mechanics. What is going on here? In the first few minutes we can see:

  1. The game gives you a triangle prompt. Press it, zombie dies. Whee.
  2. Game doesn’t give the prompt, no matter how you position yourself, how long you wait, or how close you get. It gives no feedback as to what you’re doing wrong.
  3. The game doesn’t give the prompt, but you can kill the zombie anyway.
  4. The game gives you the prompt, but when you hit the button it insta-kills YOU instead.
  5. Sometimes you can quicktime event out of getting grabbed. Sometimes you just die.

I have no idea. On one hand, I love this game for its characters, story, and gorgeous visuals. On the other hand, it looks like a completely annoying pain in the ass to play.

See, Shamus. If you had PLAYED the game you would understand. The stupid, random, unexplained, and unfair mechanics just reinforce the stupid, random, unexplained, and unfair nature of life in the post-apocalyptic world. This isn’t broken mechanics, it’s an integral part of the storytelling and besides I didn’t have any trouble and I beat the game on hard while drunk.

Goofy gameplay aside, this entire section is completely fantastic. Best videogame photobooth since SBCGFAP.

Comments (43)

  1. silver Harloe says:

    @9:30 so THAT’s where Ellie learns to ride a horse :)

  2. Andrew says:

    I haven’t seen the episode yet but I really hope you guys made it ALL the way through the many, MANY, puns in the pun book…


  3. KingJosh says:

    “Do the Zombies have Zombie Hospitals?” –Josh, about 3:35 mark

    You see, Josh, in some editions of D&D, Zombies are healed by “negative energy.” So, the Spoiler Warning crew’s commentary IS their hospital.

    • SpiritBearr says:

      The “of the dead” series has the concept of the dead continuing to attempt to do what they did when they lived. All Hospitals would become Zombie hospitals filled with zombie patients and zombies doctors trying to fix them. Although in the “of the Dead” series, trying to fix them would be applying gauze and using defibrillator paddles for maximum comedic effect.

    • Daemian Lucifer says:

      Ive seen only torchwood deal with undead in a (somewhat) realistic manner,meaning no regeneration of tissue,no matter how shallow a wound.So for such undead,hospitals would be a must,just to stitch up the regular day bruises and grazes.And plastic surgery would be even more profitable than it already is.

  4. Viktor says:

    I really can’t deal with how good these 2 are together. I doubt I could make it through the game, my heart would give out.

  5. Daemian Lucifer says:

    Rutskarn,you are a couple of years younger than ellie,so how come you arent as cute when telling puns?

  6. Paul Spooner says:

    +1 for the “‘armless” pun

  7. Daemian Lucifer says:

    Not on topic,but are these new?

    “30 comments. (A twenty-sided die has 30 edges.)”

    “15 comments. (Fifteen is the smallest natural number with seven letters in its name.)”

    • Tizzy says:

      Nah, they’ve been around a while, but they’re easy to miss, given the usual rate at which comments come in. Not sure why this particular post has generated so few comments so far…

      • Ivan says:

        I think it was broken earlier today, whenever I clicked on the comments I would get some sort of error. I think it said something about not being able to connect to the server though I didn’t really know how to go about letting Shamus know about it.

        In any case it looks like it’s sorted out now.

  8. Phil says:

    I guess the lesson of this video is that, if at first you don’t succeed, triangle, triangle again.

  9. Corpital says:

    The dog on the Pet Noura poster on the cover in the beginning looks so happy. I like him.

    What? Rest of the episode? Yeah yeah, praise character interaction, be unhappy with mechanics. But the puppy is really really excited to be there.

  10. MrGuy says:

    Remember back when in the main game Joel needed to explain what a clicker was to Ellie?

  11. Target182 says:

    The mall in Brandon, Florida has a really nice carousel

  12. Thomas says:

    I have no idea whats up with that stealth kill prompt

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