14 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Last of Us'

The Last of Us has one of the best storytelling in all of video game history, which is why it's a shame that it's only available on the PlayStation 3 and 4 platforms. The storyline is so deep that it has spawned a slew of The Last of Us fan theories. In the opening scene of the game, you see a heart-wrenching death that tears out your heart and leaves you in tears. And if the story isn’t enthralling enough (which it most definitely is), the gameplay is solid and engaging.

Even the most compelling video game storylines don't trigger tears, but that's what makes The Last of Us so special. With such a connection to the heart, the epic tale and grueling gameplay are coveted by tons of gamers. The Last of Us 2 probably isn't coming out until 2018, but in honor of a brilliantly chilling trailer, let’s reminisce about this amazing game. Check out these The Last of Us facts if you want to have your mind blown like a Clicker running into an improvised proximity mine. #GoldenEyeAintGotNuthinOnUs

  • The Disease Is Inspired By A Real Infection

    The zombie infection of the game was inspired by a real world infection called Cordyceps fungi. It affects insects, growing out of the head and seizing control of motor functions. Straley and Druckmann saw it on an episode of Planet Earth and immediately had their idea for the monsters of The Last of Us. Bruce Straley told VentureBeat:

    It was a fate worse than death. There’s something beautiful and intriguing about the pictures of the fungus and how colorful and delicate it was, but then you know that this is growing through every pore of that insect. We wanted that contrast between the elegance and the delicacy versus the pure anguish, pain, and disgust of being controlled by a parasite.

  • Tess Was Originally Going To Be A Villain

    In the original story, Joel's companion/pseudo-love interest, Tess, was actually going to become a villain after Joel and Ellie escaped the city. Feeling betrayed, she would hunt down Joel to seek revenge. She would ultimately catch up with them, and would be killed by Ellie just before killing Joel. End of game. Wow. That would have been pretty mundane, right? Fortunately, Druckmann and Straley realized that. 

  • Ellie Swears An Impressive Number Of Times

    Throughout the game, Ellie drops more f-bombs than any other character. 53 to be precise. Some gamers found it to be hilarious, while others thought it was a bit excessive. While it's clear that Ellie is a product of the fallen world, the fact that she curses more than any other character is a tad shocking. 

  • The "Chatter" Between Characters Is Innovative

    During gameplay, Joel and Ellie (along with other characters) talk with each other as they move throughout the world. Druckmann and Straley were inspired by Drake and Tenzin's occasional chatter in Uncharted 2, doubling down on this advent to enrich the experience of realism in the game. Ellie dropped a few more F-bombs in these instances, but that's not even included in the 53-count tally. Go Ellie.

  • There Was Originally An Infected Elephant

    Apparently, there was a sequence in the game where Joel was going to be pursued by an infected elephant. Take that, Shakespeare. 

  • The Unbearable Likeness Of Elliot Page

    The Unbearable Likeness Of Elliot Page
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    It's no secret that Elliot Page was none-too-pleased after the release of The Last of Us, seeing how the main character is strongly reminiscent of the actor.

     What is not as widely known is that Naughty Dog actually attempted to make Ellie's final appearance less Page-y and more like Ashley Johnson, the voice actress for Ellie. Obviously, it didn't work that well.