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The Last of Us

[An earlier version of this piece had an inaccurate statistical description of one of the downloadable weapons. The offending paragraph has been updated for factual accuracy.]

I know, I'm late to the party. Despite being interested in 2013's The Last of Us on PlayStation 3, I kept putting off getting it. When the current-generation remaster showed up as a pack-in for the PlayStation 4 late last year, I finally took the plunge.

Even then, I played through the entire single player campaign before touching the multiplayer. I only recently got into the online Factions mode, but it has become my latest obsession. Taking the stealth/action/crafting/cover-based shooter gameplay and pitting players against one another is fantastic, and I anticipate it will keep me busy for months.

There is one small problem: the relatively recent multiplayer downloadable content contains some of the worst elements of free-to-play multiplayer -- exacerbated by the fact that The Last of Us is not actually a free-to-play game.

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