The Last of Us is simply one of the finest video game experiences ever crafted, giving rise to insane fan theories, cosplays, and fan art. When it was released in 2013, Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic masterpiece captured the hearts of every gamer who played it. But what video games do you play after you finish The Last of Us? It's a tough act to follow, to be sure, but there are several survival horror games that have similar qualities as Joel and Ellie's (voiced by Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, respectively) dystopian road trip.
You may have loved The Last of Us' emphasis on character writing, excellent acting, great stealth mechanics, and desperate gunplay. Well, lucky for you, there are many experiences with the same engaging elements, whether it be from Naughty Dog, Bioware, Telltale, Capcom, or a host of other beloved companies that have turned out classic games. So, if you're looking to fill in the hole in your heart with great games similar to The Last of Us, check out the list below!
The post-apocalyptic genre is essentially the new western, which The Last of Us embraces with the road trip story structure and acoustic guitar melodies. If those parts of the game appeal to you, check out Red Dead Redemption. You play a rough-and-tumble former outlaw trying (and failing) to escape his past. The game has an open world structure that developer Rockstar is known for, but it cuts out the political satire that defines so much of the Grand Theft Auto games.
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Still considered by many to be the best Uncharted game, Uncharted 2 was when The Last Of Us writer's Neil Druckmann was really starting to have a commanding creative influence on Naughty Dog's games. Following Nathan Drake as he searches for the lost city of Shambhala, Uncharted 2 features the introduction of a fan-favorite character named Chloe. It also has some amazing set pieces, from a train sequence in the Himalayas to a collapsing building in Nepal. The character stories and dialogue have also made the game a classic that's very near and dear to many gamers' hearts.
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The Walking Dead's Season 1 tells a remarkably similar story to The Last of Us, but that doesn't mean it should be considered a rip-off by any means. Based off the popular Walking Dead comics (not the show), you play as Lee, a man convicted of murder who most protect a girl during the zombie apocalypse. If that sounds too familiar, don't worry. There are plenty of amazing twists and turns in the story as you play through its five-episode season. It's an experience that's similar, but also completely different, from The Last of Us.
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Another Fallout means another wasteland to explore. In this installment, you're a parent searching for your lost son. You may not have a surrogate child with you on the journey, but if you want to play as a scorned parent looking to fill a hole in their heart, this game will fit the bill. One thing this game has over The Last of Us is a portable nuclear bomb launcher, which automatically makes it better than pretty much everything else out there.