6The death of Sarah
The start to The Last of Us brilliantly sets the tone for what was to follow. The opening moments, when the player took control of Sarah, are so dramatic and are really added to by playing as such a young character. Looking for Joel seemed important from the very beginning.
Sarah’s death was shocking. It revealed how harsh and brutal the world in The Last of Us was going to become. It also turned Joel into the protagonist we all grew to love. At that very moment we bonded with Joel more than we’ve bonded with pretty much any gaming protagonist. What an opening.