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Posted by mracoon (4979 posts) 1 year, 1 month ago

Poll: GotG Round 3: The Walking Dead - Season One vs. The Last of Us (1020 votes)

The Walking Dead - Season One 49%
The Last of Us 51%

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Two takes on the post-apocalypse. Two games where you escort young companions. Two games that can make you cry. Only one winner.

The Walking Dead - Season One (2012)

The Last of Us (2013)

Voting closes at midnight GMT / 4pm PST Monday.

#1 Posted by noizy (722 posts) -

Ouch.

#2 Posted by StarvingGamer (8559 posts) -

Gar, as much as I love TWD, I think I have to give this one to TLoU. As a parent, the relationship between Joel and Ellie felt much more honest. Not in terms of the characters, but the writing. Also it's, you know, a game.

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I will punch anybody who doesn't vote for The Walking Dead.

#5 Edited by LackingSaint (1856 posts) -

THIS IS THE WORST DECISION I HAVE EVER BEEN FORCED TO MAKE IN MY LIFE NOOOO

At the very least, this is a guarantee that at least one of these fucking phenomenal games is getting to the next round. Gonna go with The Last of Us, just because I think the gameplay is more interesting and the character development is done better.

#6 Edited by MonetaryDread (2180 posts) -

@noizy said:

Ouch.

I will punch anybody who doesn't vote for The Walking Dead.

What about someone who doesn't care about game story and prefers a game that can be played?

#7 Edited by Yummylee (22577 posts) -

Oh man, this is like the perfect pairing. Though it admittedly wasn't as hard as I thought it would be -- The Last of Us, done! I really liked TWD, but it isn't even in my top ten for the overall generation (definitely top 15), whereas The Last of Us fits in rather snugly at I think No.5.

They're both also telling somewhat similar stories, and as far as the execution is concerned, I think The Last of Us has some significantly better acting going on with its characters.

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#8 Edited by MooseyMcMan (11414 posts) -

I will punch anybody who doesn't vote for The Walking Dead.

Let me take my glasses off first. *Puts on brass knuckles as well.*

#9 Edited by LackingSaint (1856 posts) -

@noizy said:

Ouch.

@video_game_king said:

I will punch anybody who doesn't vote for The Walking Dead.

What about someone who doesn't care about game story and prefers a game that can be played?

Both of these are games that can be played. The Last of Us is a 3rd-person shooter/adventure game and The Walking Dead is a point-and-click adventure game with choice mechanics.

#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@video_game_king said:

I will punch anybody who doesn't vote for The Walking Dead.

What about someone who doesn't care about game story and prefers a game that can be played?

You don't want to know what I'd do to them.

#11 Edited by JayEH (534 posts) -

TWD may have had little to no gameplay but the TLoU's gameplay got real boring.

#12 Edited by Yummylee (22577 posts) -

I will punch anybody who doesn't vote for The Walking Dead.

This isn't exactly a battle you're suitably fitted to fighting for, considering that you haven't played The Last of Us. Or at least I assume as such, since I've seen you mention many a time that you don't have a PS3.

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#13 Posted by mracoon (4979 posts) -

This is a horrible pairing. In the end I went with TWD but I really love the story in both games.

#14 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

This was an extremely difficult choice for me, since I loved both of them. I ended up going with The Last of Us, but it's more of a tie. The presentation is what tipped the scales I suppose

#15 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#16 Posted by RonGalaxy (3270 posts) -

I will punch anybody who doesn't vote for The Walking Dead.

yo dawg, Ill fight you... over VIDJA GAMES

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#17 Edited by Yummylee (22577 posts) -
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#18 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#19 Edited by solidlife (885 posts) -

Something about that visceral combat really got to me in TLOS, I think its the gotg for me sorry TWD

#20 Posted by FlipperDesert (2106 posts) -

This is gonna end badly.

#21 Posted by BeachThunder (12439 posts) -

This isn't fair :( The Walking Dead's soundtrack is covered in comic sans!

#22 Edited by Pr1mus (3952 posts) -

Given that the entirety of your possible enjoyment of TWD is based solely on its story, writing and acting and that TLoU crushes it on every one of those front while also backed by quality gameplay and outstanding production values the choice is extremely easy.

#23 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#24 Posted by CaLe (4056 posts) -

The Walking Dead was great, but even with all its well written characters and emotional gut punches it's still amateur hour when compared to The Last of Us.

#25 Posted by Broomhitches (173 posts) -

I haven't played TLOU yet and I feel bad for voting without playing it.

#26 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1482 posts) -

This is a matchup that tears apart communities.. I must vote The Last of US, i really liked the gameplay as well as the story....hell even the multiplayer was really fun. Also Ellie is better than Clementine.

#27 Edited by erhard (442 posts) -

TWD just doesn't compare to The Last of Us. It's already been linked but it deserves an embed:

#28 Posted by UitDeToekomst (750 posts) -

wow. the battle of the games most overrated in each of the last two years. i found The Last of Us less frustrating than The Walking Dead, so i voted for it, although i think it is a travesty that either game has made it this far.

#29 Posted by Flappy (2356 posts) -

I wasn't able to beat people down with bricks (cowlicks don't count) in TWD, so TLOU wins.

#30 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1219 posts) -

The Last of Us had one of the best singleplayer experiences this generation and it secretly had some of the best multiplayer as well.

#31 Posted by Milkman (17338 posts) -

Oh, fuck this poll. Fuck everything about it.

I guess...I'll go with...um...Walking...Last...I...

Walking Dead!

Fuck! Is there anyone we can make this tie and send them both to the next round?

#32 Posted by SunBroZak (1380 posts) -

The Last of Us took what I loved in The Walking Dead and mixed it in with Naughty Dog's level of presentation. So it's The Last of Us for me.

#33 Posted by guiseppe (2842 posts) -

This is a harder choice than that gutwrenching moment in TWD. Oh wait, there are several, TWD gets my vote. Love both these games though.

#34 Posted by hidys (1029 posts) -

That was not easy...

#35 Edited by BaconGames (3577 posts) -

I'm sure The Last of Us is a hell of a story-based game but the magic of The Walking Dead is the choice mechanic woven throughout the incredible characterizations and writing. The investment and emotional heartbreak that comes from the complete package of The Walking Dead will sit among the pantheon of storytelling in my eyes and it likely will at large.

Also I don't see how mechanically TLOU escapes criticism because from what I know it's not the best playing game in the world either. Better than TWD but if we include the dialogue choices as part of the gameplay, that advantage falls apart to me. They're both great games but except for a few others, nothing trumps The Walking Dead this generation from where I'm standing. *Harumph*

(It sucks because I'm sure TLOU will be up there as well but damn man, The Walking Dead.)

#36 Edited by tourgen (4542 posts) -

hahahahahah! This is a great matchup. Bravo.

#37 Posted by Yummylee (22577 posts) -

The Last of Us had one of the best singleplayer experiences this generation and it secretly had some of the best multiplayer as well.

It got be a little repetitive for me after a while, but it was still an incredibly fun month's worth of shanking other players in the neck with a shiv! Also, bandages! I would get so many damn points playing as a medic in that game, it almost rivals how insanely overpowered (and enjoyable) the medic class was in Resistance 2's cooperative campaign.

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#38 Posted by flasaltine (1711 posts) -

TWD has a more emotional story. That wins.

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#39 Edited by Yummylee (22577 posts) -

Oh shit, TWD's catching up! I guess they both have somewhat of an advantage of each other, too. The Last of Us will still be much fresher in a lot of people's minds I would imagine, but TWD is much more widely accessible and has most likely been played by more people.

Anywhoo, I'm going to continue to refresh this thread, with the only theme that could truly emphasise the incredible awe for such a duel to be undertaken:

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#40 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2733 posts) -

The Walking Dead is good. Like, really fucking good.

But not The Last of Us good.

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#41 Edited by Little_Socrates (5718 posts) -

Eh. The Last of Us was okay.

#42 Posted by TowerSixteen (544 posts) -

@video_game_king: I sort of assumed if you were running this poll, It'd just be 63 slots that all said "Fragile Dreams" and a final slot that read "I'm a fucking moron".

#43 Posted by thatdutchguy (1283 posts) -

The Last of Us is the only right answer here.

#44 Posted by Killerfridge (317 posts) -

The Walking Dead is good. Like, really fucking good.

But not The Last of Us good.

#45 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3998 posts) -

Walking Dead was a vastly better take on a similar story. Last of Us was presented very well, but I don't think the story had any interesting turns (in fact it was extremely predicable) and the characters weren't very likable like Lee and Clementine ended up being. Not that they weren't likable I guess, but they just didn't have that same depth.

Also the Last of Us was not that fun to play. Very much saw all its tricks within the first couple hours.

When I got to the end of Last of Us I basically said "Okay?". They were kind of just in limbo and things went exactly as I knew they would go hours before. Not that Walking Dead was crazy unpredictable, but I cried at the end of it. It was extremely touching and hit emotional notes Last of Us doesn't come anywhere near. It has a very clear theme to it. It also had more than two characters worth giving a shit about.

Still trying to figure out why Last of Us is held in such high esteem but I guess it is and I just don't see eye to eye with most people on this one.

#46 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@video_game_king: I sort of assumed if you were running this poll, It'd just be 63 slots that all said "Fragile Dreams" and a final slot that read "I'm a fucking moron".

Actually, it would read more like this:

  • Fragile Dreams
  • Katawa Shoujo
  • Pandora's Tower
  • Radiant Historia
  • I'm turning myself in to the police
#47 Posted by Deranged (1859 posts) -

I don't know man... The Last of Us felt like a more complete package considering the gameplay, brilliant writing and graphical presentation but fuck, the way The Walking Dead pulled it off just hit me harder because YOU had to make terrible decisions and live with the consequences. It was more impactful and heartfelt for me.

#48 Posted by TowerSixteen (544 posts) -

@towersixteen said:

@video_game_king: I sort of assumed if you were running this poll, It'd just be 63 slots that all said "Fragile Dreams" and a final slot that read "I'm a fucking moron".

Actually, it would read more like this:

  • Fragile Dreams
  • Katawa Shoujo
  • Pandora's Tower
  • Radiant Historia
  • I'm turning myself in to the police

I suppose I'd vote Radiant Historia, then commit ritual suicide if it lost to the overhyped porn game( Besides, I don't think most visual novels really count as games by even the broadest definition). Yes, I realize that's unnecessarily reductivist. Also, I loathed the girl I was babysitting in PT.

#49 Posted by Coafi (1494 posts) -

What?! This is too hard, I can't decide so, I ain't voting.

#50 Posted by ReTarDedFisHy (1071 posts) -

To ReTarDedFisHy, The Last of Us felt more focused on delivering a powerful and compelling narrative that, even though there was only one path, had much more of an impact on him in the end than Walking Dead ever did.