Weekend Confirmed 171 - Xbox One, The Last of Us Spoiler-Cast

By Ozzie Mejia, Jun 28, 2013 11:00am PDT

With Jeff Cannata absent, host Garnett Lee is left to discuss the beginning of the summer doldrums. He welcomes in "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Nikole Zivalich to discuss any final Xbox One thoughts before shifting to Borderlands 2's Assault on Dragon's Keep DLC and discuss the pros and cons of the Season Pass model. Shacknews' Andrew Yoon joins the show for the latter half to help briefly discuss Company of Heroes 2, before ending the normal part of the show a little early with some Finishing Move. That paves the way for a special Spoiler-cast, as the final half-hour of the show is fully dedicated to discussing The Last of Us and its many twists and turns. If you haven't finished the game yet, bookmark it for the future. If you have, enjoy the discussion!

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 171: 6/28/2013

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:30:14

    Round 2 - 00:31:41 - 00:56:59

    Round 3 - 01:03:58 - 01:31:17

    The Last of Us Spoiler-cast - 01:31:49 - 02:02:07

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  • In regards to Joel and what kind of character he is, Garnett you are completely wrong and here's why(spoilers below):

    Joel makes comments throughout the game that give hints as to what kind of guy he really is. Sometime after you and Ellie are ambushed after you get your truck Ellie makes a comment about how people could do that and she then asks Joel if he has ever killed an innocent person before. He basically responds that he has ambushed people exactly like how they were ambushed and he's killed plenty of innocent people because they needed to survive. I would say the last part of the game is very "gamified" but it felt contextually appropriate. Joel is in that survivor mode where he's "seeing red" and all he can think about is that another daughter is going to die and he cannot take that.

    I think the ending of The Last of Us was very hitting, at least to me personally. I literally had my jaw on the floor as it ends so appropriately and doesn't feel the need to make a large speech or give us a rather out of context and bombastic cutscene. Joel is not a bad person. Clearly his emotions were where they were because of the area they both just reached. Joel is literally a product of his environment, whether or not we feel that way. This game is linear and is meant to tell us a story. The only thing we have control over is the ability to get extra information in the optional dialogue. Other than that we are getting fed a story by Naughty Dawg, so it doesn't matter how we interpreted his character or how we felt he or Ellie should be at the end. He is who is he and we are given ample evidence through the intro and other stuff (especially dialogue) about what he is: a survivor.