Which duology is better , GOW or TLOU?

Which Duology did you prefer?

  • God of War / God of War: Ragnarok

    Votes: 119 57.8%
  • The Last of us Part 1&2

    Votes: 87 42.2%

  • Total voters
    206

Bartski

Gold Member
 
I personally prefer TLOU . The story in 1 is far superior imo and the gameplay loop is overall better. Best stealth gameplay outside of Chaos theory. GOW is great but it feels more like a B movie while the last of us story imo holds up with a Quality film. Not as good as Oscar winners but GOW is like MTV movie quality.
 
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vivftp

Member
Extremely close for me, but TLOU2 is my GOAT so it tips the scales.

In terms of any video game duologies, these two sets of games are definitely my #1 and 2.
 

Lupin25

Member
Personally, from last-gen nothing beats PART 2’s moment-to-moment gameplay on harder difficulties.

Nothing.

Gotta go with TLOU/2 here.
 
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Gaiff

Member
God of War and it's not close. The Last of Us is one of the most boring games I've ever played. I was three hours in and had just reached Bill and could count the number of combat encounters I had done on one hand. My friend told me "Keep playing, it gets better". I said nah, if your 10-12 hours game is still shit after 3 hours, it's a shit game.

Didn't even touch the sequel because I can't stomach Druckmann's self-righteousness and asshatry, and by all accounts, I did well.

Ragnarok suffers from the ND treatment but at least it's not the entire game.
 
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Black_Wolf

Neo Member
As a series, God of War wins by a pretty large margin for me (although TLOU1 and GoW 2018 are close, GoW Ragnarok far eclipses TLOU2, at least for me). Granted, I don't think that God of War 2018 could have ever existed without the template and example set by the Last of Us, so I think it somewhat "owes" TLOU in that regard. I felt like God of War 2018 took the TLOU template and did it better, IMO.

God of War 2018 had the same "mentor and apprentice" type of interactions but in addition, also had a more interesting story. While both games had an "escort mission" premise (getting from Point A to Point B; in TLOU's case, to deliver Ellie to the Fireflies and in GoW2018's case, to deliver the ashes to the highest peak), GoW 2018 had more of a plot building in the background (Kratos getting the attention of the Aesir gods, and three of them actually confronting you as well as the implied threat building in the background of Odin and Thor, with Mimir's stories further amplifying that). TLOU didn't really have any of this type of stuff - the game was entirely carried by Joel and Ellie's interactions (which were excellent). GoW 2018 also had a persistent supporting cast that grew with the protagonists throughout the game and also had their own mini character arcs (Brok, Sindri, Mimir, Freya) whereas TLOU's supporting cast was very "one-and-done," where they'd serve their purpose and then never really appear again.

I don't want to get into spoilers for Ragnarok (since its still a relatively new game), so I will just say that God of War Ragnarok continues the strong character growth and arcs that the first game started, and nails the landing for almost everyone. It also has an even more interesting plot brewing in the background that greatly supports the characters and their arcs. The game certainly has some pacing issues, certain characters needed a bit more screen time than others, and mechanical things like traversal could get a bit dry, but as an overall package, I thought GoW Ragnarok was a great sequel. With TLOU2, I felt that the game's overreliance on coincidence, strange character decisions and an overall much weaker supporting cast than the first game (TLOU1) puts it well below its predecessor (TLOU1) as well as both of the [Norse] God of War games.
 

Flabagast

Member
TLOU by a country mile.

GOW Ragnarok is not a bad game per se, but average at best with a lot, and I mean a lot, of baffling design and narative decisions. I am 100% sure I will never ever replay it. It is also probably the most overrated game in the last 5 years.

On the other hand, TLOU deserves every award it has ever got, particularly TLOU 2 which was very bold and at an extremely high level of quality and production value.

Both series are not in the same league if I am being honest.
 

rofif

Member
I like TLOU2 most of these 4 games.
But I like GOW 2018 more than first tlou.
 
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Lupin25

Member
genre-wise nothing from current-gen either

I find TLOU/2 to be almost perfect experiences (despite Part 2 being a bit long), I still remember all the different ways I replayed encounters. The gameplay loop was more addicting.

GOW/Ragnarök are really great, but there’s flaws in both I just didn’t find with the TLOU universe.

But this is really “Naughty Dog vs. Sony Santa Monica”. In my opinion… it’s ND.
 

Grildon Tundy

Gold Member
For story, mine would be:
TLOU > TLOU II > GOW:R > GOW 2018

For gameplay, it'd be:
TLOU II > GOW:R > GOW 2018 = TLOU

For Dad Power Fantasy Fulfillment®, it's:
GOW:R > GOW 2018 > TLOU >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> TLOU II lol
 
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Vick

Member
For story, mine would be:

TLOU > TLOU II > GOW:R > GOW 2018

For gameplay, it'd be:

TLOU II > GOW:R > GOW 2018 = TLOU

For Dad Power Fantasy Fulfillment®, it's:

GOW:R > GOW 2018 > TLOU >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> TLOU II lol
For me, Narrative/Story:

The Last of Us > God of War (2018) > God of War: Ragnarök > The Last of Us: Part II

Gameplay:

God of War (2018) > God of War: Ragnarök = The Last of Us: Part II > The Last of Us
 

TGO

Hype Train conductor. Works harder than it steams.
God of War easily.
TLOU is a masterpiece no doubt but it was always a one and done game to me.
The sequel is like most sequels these days, and is probably best ignored
GOW in my opinion is Sony's flagship series.
 

Certinty

Member
Gameplay and visuals wise The Last of Us Part II is far beyond the other three.

Story and characters wise The Last of Us Part II is far behind the other three.
 

Grildon Tundy

Gold Member
For me, Narrative/Story:

The Last of Us > God of War (2018) > God of War: Ragnarök > The Last of Us: Part II

Gameplay:

God of War (2018) > God of War: Ragnarök = The Last of Us: Part II > The Last of Us
Interesting about your putting GOW '18 over GOW:R in gameplay. What did you like more about '18? It's been a while since I played 2018, but I thought GOW:R refined and expanded on it from what I remember.
 
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twonha

Neo Member
I adore TLOU and loved TLOU2, even if their flaws are easy to see.

I enjoyed God of War '18, but not nearly as much. I'm in no rush to try Ragnarok.
 
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