Emotionally moving and genuinely frightening, The Last of Us might also be the most visually arresting game of this generation. Developed by notorious perfectionists Naughty Dog—creators of the Uncharted series—The Last of Us excels in every facet of game design from combat and stage layout to storytelling and voice acting. You must guide a grizzled old soul, Joel, and a young girl under his protection, Ellie, through a realistically corrupt and decaying post-apocalyptic society. Along the way, you are beset on all sides by the infected—they’re not quite zombies, per se—and roving bands of sadistic thugs who are just as terrifying. Ammo is a rare, prized possession, so much so that you’re forced to get through certain areas with nothing more than a shiv. You’ll shudder every time you have to use it, and be thankful that someone managed to make a game capable of eliciting real emotion from the player.