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Recent Articles: The Last of Us
The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s immersive, third-person action survival game, took the world by storm last year. It was almost universally loved and won many awards. But the Dogs were coming off of years of making Uncharted games, and it wasn’t the easiest road.
Grounded: The Making of The Last of Us is a documentary that follows the developers on their journey to create this game. It was previously available to Season Pass holders, but right now, it’s available for free on Amazon. It’s 95 minutes long, and will fill that hole you’ve had since you finished the Left Behind DLC.
UPDATE: The entire film has been posted to YouTube as well. Watch it right here after the break. (more…)
The nominees for the 2014 BAFTA Awards have been announced and… drumroll please… The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto V both racked up a ton of nominations.
Both games will be competing for the coveted “Best Game” award against Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Tearaway, Super Mario 3D World, and Papers Please. Due to its British origins, GTA5 is also competing in the “British Game” category against Tearaway, The Room Two, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Gunpoint, and DMC: Devil May Cry.
In addition to “Best Game,” The Last of Us was nominated for nine awards including “Artistic Achievement,” “Audio Achievement,” “Game Design,” “Original Music,” “Story,” “Action and Adventure,” and “Multiplayer.” Two “Performer” nominations (one each for Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson) round out the game’s honors. As for GTA5, it received seven additional nominations including “Audio Achievement,” “Game Design,” “Game Innovation,” “Story,” “Action and Adventure,” “Multiplayer,” and “Performer” (for Steven Ogg as Trevor Phillips).
The 2014 BAFTA Awards will be awarded on Wednesday, March 12. The complete list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)
There’s always something going on at Naughty Dog. Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of The Last of Us, told Eurogamer that the Dogs are considering a sequel to that game or creating a new property as their next project.
“We just wrapped up Left Behind, and Bruce Straley, the game director, and I have been doing this for over four years now. So it’s just time for a break, and to recharge the batteries… We have started brainstorming some stuff. To be honest, some of them are sequel ideas, and some of them are brand new IP – we’ve spent the last few weeks brainstorming new IP. So we have to get some good steps and see… It’s kind of like how we approached Left Behind. Can we tell people a story that’s really worth telling, and that’s not repeating itself? And if we can’t, where can we get inspired – what is something that’s really going to challenge us, and push storytelling in this medium forward?”
The Last of Us: Left Behind, which comes out next week, is the game’s first – and the only – single-player DLC. This prequel will give us more insight into Ellie’s past, focusing on a friendship she had before she met Joel.
I can’t imagine a sequel to The Last of Us, but there have been plenty of times I couldn’t imagine a sequel and I was blown away (Dead Space 2, anyone?). I’m looking forward to seeing what the Dogs have planned for us.
Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us won the 2014 Writer’s Guild Award for Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing. The tale of Joel and Ellie was lauded all year as one of the best games, so this is unsurprising.
The Last of Us was up against some pretty stiff competition: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, God of War: Ascension, and Lost Planet 3. Personally, I’m shocked that BioShock Infinite wasn’t nominated.
It’s great to see video games up for major writer’s awards, but I think things will get much more interesting once indie games start getting nominated, or get their own category. Papers, Please and The Stanley Parable would have been hard pressed in a fight against each other for best writing.
You can find the rest of the 2014 Writers Guild Awards film and televeision winners at their website.
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.
… 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.