The Last of Us (2013)
Set 20 years after a pandemic has radically changed known civilization, infected humans run wild and survivors are killing each other for food, weapons - whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a violent survivor, is hired to smuggle a 14 year-old girl, Ellie, out of an oppressive military quarantine zone, but what starts as a small job soon transforms into a brutal journey across the United States.
"The Last of Us" takes place in United States, twenty years after a spore-based infection rapidly spread across the globe, wiping out a vast majority of the population by warping its hosts’ brains and turning them into deadly predators capable of killing with a single bite. The majority of the world’s population has been reduced to either struggling survivors or ravenous infected. The game features several locations across United States, including in Boston, Lincoln, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City.
Joel is a single father living in Texas with his twelve-year-old daughter Sarah. On the early morning after his birthday, a sudden outbreak of a mutant Cordyceps infection ravages the United States, which changes its human hosts into rabid, cannibalistic monsters. As Joel, his brother Tommy, and Sarah flee the initial chaos, Sarah is shot by a soldier and dies in Joel's arms. In the 20 years that follow, much of civilization is destroyed by the infection, with pockets of survivors living in either heavily-policed quarantine zones, independent settlements, or nomadic groups. Joel now lives in a quarantine zone in Boston, working as a smuggler alongside his friend Tess. Joel and Tess hunt down Robert, a local gangster, to recover a cache of weapons stolen from them. Before they kill him, Robert reveals that he traded the goods to the Fireflies, a rebel group fighting against the authorities governing the quarantine zones. Joel and Tess encounter the Fireflies' leader, Marlene, who promises them double their stolen cache in return for smuggling a teenage girl, Ellie, to Fireflies hiding outside quarantine. Joel, Tess, and Ellie sneak out in the night, but after an encounter with a patrol Ellie is revealed to be infected. Full infection normally occurs in under two days, but Ellie asserts she was infected three weeks ago, and that her immunity may lead to a cure. The trio fight their way out of the quarantine zone to the drop-off point, but find that the Fireflies there have been killed. Tess reveals she was bitten during an encounter with the infected, and chooses to sacrifice herself against approaching military soldiers to give the pair a chance to escape, believing in Ellie's importance as a cure. ...
Did You Know? If attempted in real life, Joel and Ellie would have traveled over 3,400 miles (5,400 km) from the start in Boston, to the end of the story in Jackson.