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Recent Articles: The Last of Us
I wasn’t sure what to think when I first saw trailers for The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s first non-Nathan Drake game in six years. It certainly looked like a Naughty Dog game, with the same style and graphics, but this was set in a post-apocalyptic world, one in which humans had been infected by a strange fungus, which left the victims zombified. The remaining survivors of humanity lived in terror in a wasteland. While the Uncharted games had dabbled in science fiction (remember those crazy mutants from the second game?), this was the studio’s first real deviation from reality. I was doubtful that they could pull it off, mainly because the market is so saturated with these types of games, and in the end, not many of them are that great. But from what I saw in the half hour demo at PAX East this past weekend, Naughty Dog just might succeed. (more…)
The Warp Zoned crew is at PAX East, and the first thing we did was head straight for The Last of Us and give the 30-minute demo a go. We played as Joel, protecting Ellie and Tess as they try to make their way through the downtown of a destroyed city. I spent a lot of time wandering, picking up med kits, ammo, and notes. I also picked up a bottle and a brick, later throwing them to distract the infected from tearing my neck off.
It feels a lot like the Uncharted games – obviously – but with a metric ton of tension that left me shaking afterwards. The buildings you make your way through are crumbling, giving it more of that Naughty Dog feeling. The graphics are amazing, the sound is engrossing and terrifying, and the action is top notch. The only bad thing so far? You can’t jump.
Stay tuned for more from the show floor as we play more games!
Sony made a bummer of an announcement today on the PlayStation Blog, saying that The Last of Us has been pushed back to Friday, June 14.
“As we entered the final phase of development for The Last of Us, we came to realize just how massive Joel and Ellie’s journey is. But instead of cutting corners or compromising our vision, we came to the tough decision that the game deserved a few extra weeks to ensure every detail of The Last of Us was up to Naughty Dog’s internal high standards,” wrote Neil Druckmann, Creative Director at Naughty Dog.
“As a team we pride ourselves on setting a very high quality bar for every aspect of our games – gameplay, story, art, design, technology and more. We want to make sure The Last of Us raises that bar even further – for ourselves, and most importantly, for you, our fans.”
It’s nice to see them taking their time with it to make sure it’s perfect, as opposed to releasing it and then doling out DLC fast and furiously after. But it’s an odd choice to have it come out the day after E3 ends. Either way, as Druckman said, this is their “most ambitious project to date,” so rushing it is a bad idea.
The Last of Us is creeping ever closer to its Spring release date and, on the most recent episode of GameTrailers TV, the developers at Naughty Dog revealed the infected for the first time.
Known as “runner” and “clickers,” the infected in The Last of Us are shuffling monsters that are also quite deadly. Check out the interview/gameplay video above and continue counting down until May 7.
Good news everyone! Sony is planning to release a demo for The Last of Us before the game’s May 7 release. And there’s even more good news if you plan on purchasing God of War: Ascension… you’ll receive early access to the demo!
According to Sony, the demo content is still “to be determined,” and it’s unknown whether the demo will include a single-player level or a multiplayer preview or both.
I guess what we’re saying is that this isn’t the last you’ve heard of the demo for The Last of Us.
If you watched the 2012 Spike TV Video Game Awards, you know that Sony has given Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us a May 7, 2013 release date. But did you also know it’ll include a multiplayer mode?
Naughty Dog has been dropping hints about a multiplayer mode for awhile now, but now it’s finally a sure thing. The news comes via the announcement of a pre-order bonus pack for the game offered through GameStop. Players who secure their copy of The Last of Us early will receive access to the Survival Pack, which will include the following multiplayer-specific swag…
- Bonus Experience Points
- Multiplayer Melee Attack Booster
- Extra In-Game Currency
- Special Customizable Character Items
- Special Bonus Skins for Joel and Ellie (Unlocked Once Single-Player Campaign is Completed)
If you prefer to buy your games elsewhere, other retailers will be offering the Sights & Sounds Pack as a pre-order bonus. It’ll contain a downloadable soundtrack, a PS3 Dynamic Theme, and two PSN Avatars (Winter Joel and Winter Ellie).
More details on The Last of Us’s multiplayer mode will be revealed soon and don’t forget to watch the Spike TV VGA trailer again.
For the first time, we get to see the characters we know from The Last of Us interact with other groups of survivors. “Once upon a time,” a character says as the trailer begins, “I had somebody I cared about. And in this sort of world, that’s only good for one thing: getting you killed.” There’s more gameplay, more gamescape, and more of those crazy rage monsters. Naughty Dog has hit it out of the park yet again.
I can’t wait until The Last of Us’s release on May 7.
It’s hard to believe that Spike TV has been handing out their Video Game Awards for ten years, but that’s exactly what will happen when the 2012 edition of the awards shows airs on Spike TV (and simulcast on Xbox Live) this December.
Once again hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, this year’s “Game of the Year” will come from a list that includes Assassin’s Creed III, Dishonored, Journey, Mass Effect 3, and The Walking Dead. Journey actually scored seven total nominations, making it one the most honored games at the 2012 VGAs (an honor it shares with Halo 4 and Borderlands 2).
This year’s slate of “Spike TV VGA World Premiere Trailers” (always the highlight of every VGA show) will include several unannounced projects as well as hugely anticipated 2013 releases like The Last of Us, Gears of War: Judgment, and South Park: The Stick of Truth.
The 2012 Spike TV Video Game Awards will take place on Friday, December 7. The complete list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)