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Last of Us: Left Behind, Project CARS, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, more added to PS Store

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Have you left The Last of Us behind? Maybe the release of a standalone version of The Last of Us: Left Behind on the PlayStation Store will convince you to pick it up again. Now available for just $9.99, the game can be downloaded now on the PS3 and PS4.

Also available this week is a string of other new titles, both big and small…

  • Project CARS (PS4) is a slightly ambitious car racing simulation from Slightly Mad Studios.
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS4) brings two of the best-loved RPGs in the series to Sony’s current-generation console for the first time.
  • Schrodinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark (PS4) is a wacky puzzle platformer that has one of the best titles ever.
  • Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4) is the latest game from PixelJunk creators Q-Games.

More information on all of these titles (and a few others) can be found after the break. And, as always, a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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The Last of Us: Left Behind will be available as a standalone game on May 12

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Sony has announced that Naughty Dog’s Ellie-centric expansion for The Last of Us will be released as a standalone PlayStation Store download in May. For $9.99, players will be able to download The Last of Us: Left Behind for either the PS3 or PS4 on May 12.

The downloadable add-on, which is currently priced at $14.99, will get a permanent price cut on May 12 to match the price of the standalone game.

In case The Last of Us has completely passed you by, you can catch up with Left Behind’s opening cinematic right here.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition wins “Game of the Year” at 2015 SXSW Gaming Awards

sxsw-logoBioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition won “Game of the Year” at the 2015 SXSW Gaming Awards, but 2014’s other big releases walked away with the rest of the categories.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and The Last of Us: Left Behind were the only multi-award winners. Shadow of Mordor collected trophies for “Excellence in Gameplay,” “Excellence in Animation,” and “Excellence in Design and Direction,” while Naughty Dog’s expansion to The Last of Us was awarded with the “Most Valuable Add-On Content” trophy as well as “Most Valuable Character” (for Ellie).

The full list of winners (which also includes Destiny, Far Cry 4, Alien: Isolation, Transistor, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, and many others) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Destiny wins “Best Game” at 2015 BAFTA Game Awards

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) handed out their Game Awards last night and Bungie’s Destiny was awarded “Best Game.” The top prize was Destiny’s only win at the ceremony as the British Academy decided to spread the Game Awards around to many different deserving titles.

However, that didn’t stop Monument Valley from winning big. The mobile title from Ustwo captured the “British Game” award as well as the “Mobile & Handheld” award. Other only other multi-winner last night was Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us: Left Behind, which took home the “Story” award and the “Performer” award for Ashley Johnson’s portrayal of Ellie.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which won “Game of the Year” at the GDC Awards only managed to come away with the “Game Design” award at the BAFTAs. Dragon Age: Inquisition, which won “Game of the Year” at both Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards and the DICE Awards, went home empty-handed at the BAFTAs.

The complete list of winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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WGA bestows Writers Guild Award on Last of Us: Left Behind for Outstanding Writing

wgaThe Writers Guild of America has announced the winners of this year’s Writers Guild Awards and Naughty Dog (and Neil Druckmann) has emerged victorious for a second year in a row. After taking home the statuette last year for The Last of Us, Naughty Dog and Druckmann were recognized this year for the writing in the game’s expansion, The Last of Us: Left Behind.

The Last of Us: Left Behind beat out three other games for this year’s Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing award including Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation and a pair of Assassin’s Creed titles (Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry and Assassin’s Creed: Unity).

Their 2015 win marks the fourth time a Naughty Dog-developed game has won the Writers Guild Award. In addition to Druckmann’s win last year, Amy Hennig was honored in 2012 for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and in 2010 for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

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2015 Writers Guild nominees: Alien: Isolation, Last of Us: Left Behind, AC: Unity, Freedom Cry

wgaThe Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for this year’s Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing award, which they use to honor the best game writing of the year.

Continuing their love affair with Ubisoft, the Guild nominated both new entries in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, for this year’s Writers Guild Award. Two other games are have also been nominated this year, Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us: Left Behind expansion. The full list of nominated writers can be found here:

Alien: Isolation (Sega)
Writers: Dan Abnett, Dion Lay, Will Porter

Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry (Ubisoft)
Lead Scriptwriter: Jill Murray
Scriptwriter: Melissa MacCoubrey
Story: Jill Murray, Hugo Giard, Wesley Pincombe

Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Ubisoft)
Story: Alexandre Amancio, Sylvain Bernard, Travis Stout
Scriptwriting: Alexandre Amancio, Travis Stout, Russell Lees, Darby McDevitt, Ceri Young
Additional Scriptwriting: Jeffrey Yohalem

The Last of Us: Left Behind (Sony Computer Entertainment)
Written by: Neil Druckmann

Writers from Naughty Dog and Ubisoft have been trading off top honors at the WGA Awards for the last five years. Naughty Dog prevailed last year for their work on The Last of Us, following wins for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (2012) and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2010). In between, Ubisoft collected a pair of WGA Awards for Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (2013) and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (2011).

If history repeats itself, writers from Ubisoft will be hoisting a trophy in victory when the winners of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards are announced on February 14.

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The Last of Us: Left Behind will be the game’s only single-player expansion

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Were you hoping for more single-player DLC for The Last of Us after the upcoming “Left Behind” expansion? You might want to sit down, I’ve got some bad news.

Eric Monacelli, Naughty Dog’s Marketing Manager, has responded to fans on PlayStation Blog Europe and confirmed that “Left Behind” is the only single-player expansion planned for The Last of Us. That is definitely disappointing.

The Last of Us: Left Behind will be available to download from the PlayStation Store on February 14. But if you’re at all interested in the expansion, you should definitely watch the recently released opening cinematic.

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Here’s the opening cinematic from The Last of Us: Left Behind

… and it’s wonderful.

In this prequel, we get to see Ellie as she was before she met Joel. The trailer shows Ellie and her friend Riley reunited in an unusual way, with Ellie obviously struggling with some feelings of betrayal. This is the first single-player DLC for The Last of Us… and by that I mean hopefully the first of many. For an in-depth look at Ashley Johnson, the voice of Ellie, check out the PlayStation Blog interview with her, or this video interview with Johnson and Yaani King, the voice of Riley.

The Last of Us: Left Behind will be available on Friday, February 14 on PlayStation 3. I hope you’re ready to spend your Valentine’s Day with Ellie.

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