Recent Articles: The Last of Us

Continue Countdown #2 – The Evil Within, Borderlands: Pre-Sequel, Super Mario 20, More

The second episode of Warp Zoned’s “Continue Countdown” is now available to watch through our YouTube channel. It’s a PAX East kind of show as Editor-In-Chief John Scalzo, Staff Writer Mike Ryan, and special guest Adam Woolcott discuss the blandness of The Evil Within, the bizarreness of The Behemoth’s Game 4, and the baffling choice to put Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

The trio also delves into the Console War Between the PS4 and Xbox One, next-gen remakes like The Last of Us Remastered, and whether the inclusion of Marvel characters will affect our decision to purchase Disney Infinity 2.0. Finally, they looked at yet another piece of Beyond Good & Evil 2 concept art, the release date gap between the 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. 4, and the quasi-announcement of Super Mario Bros. 20.

9 Topics… 30 Minutes… And Go!

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Naughty Dog details Grounded Bundle, the final DLC for The Last of Us

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Naughty Dog is readying the third (and final) DLC release for The Last of Us, and now they’re finally ready to talk about it. The Grounded Bundle will be available as a free download for Season Pass holders and as three separate DLC packs for everyone. All Grounded Bundle content will also be included in The Last of Us Remastered for the PS4.

The centerpiece of the Grounded Bundle is Grounded Mode ($4.99), a brutal new challenge for the single-player campaign that ups the difficulty to new heights. According to Naughty Dog, the AI in Grounded Mode is “relentless, smart, and brutal” making survival “near impossible.” To showcase their toughness, players will receive a new Trophy upon the completion of Grounded Mode.

The bundle will also include the Reclaimed Territories Map Pack ($9.99), which will add four new maps to the game’s multiplayer mode. “Wharf,” “Capitol,” “Coal Mine,” and “Water Tower” will reintroduce players to locations that are “familiar yet unfamiliar” to those who have completed the single-player campaign.

The Grounded Bundle will include five new weapons. Four will be available as part of the Survivalist Weapon Bundle ($5.99) and a single gun, the Full-Auto Rifle, will be available as a free download for all The Last of Us players. If you spring for the Survivalist Weapon Bundle, you’ll receive the Specter, Double Barrel, Enforcer, and Launcher.

Finally, a pair of Skills packs ($3.99 each) will be included in the Grounded Bundle. The Situational Survival Skills Bundle will enhance your maneuverability while the Professional Survival Skills Bundle will make you a more deadly combatant.

Naughty Dog has announced a release date for the Grounded Bundle yet, but they did announce that the Last of Us Season Pass will no longer be available after May 13, so a May/June release (ahead of the Remastered version’s “Summer” launch) is likely.

More details about all the maps, weapons, and Skills can be found after the break. (more…)

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Here’s a teaser trailer for The Last of Us Remastered

The Last of Us Remastered is still coming to the PS4 this Summer with a graphics upgrade and all the downloadable content from the PS3 release. But now naughty Dog has given us visual proof in the form of a teaser trailer. Enjoy!

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Sony officially announces The Last of Us Remastered for PS4

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After that rather embarrassing PlayStation Store leak this morning, Sony has officially gone ahead and announced that The Last of Us Remastered will be released for the PS4 this Summer.

The Last of Us Remastered will be developed by Naughty Dog and will include all of the downloadable content currently planned for the PS3 edition including the “Left Behind” expansion, the “Abandoned Territories” map pack, and the upcoming “Reclaimed Territories” pack. The PS4 edition of the game will also feature 1080p visuals and optional commentary from Creative Director Neil Druckmann, Troy Baker (Joel), and Ashley Johnson (Ellie).

If you’re interested in pre-ordering The Last of Us Remastered, you’ll net yourself a few in-game bonuses including:

  • 100 Supply Points (XP) for use in Factions mode
  • Two special bonus skins for Joel and Ellie which will be unlocked after you complete the Single-Player Campaign
  • Increased Crafting Speed for use in the Single-Player Campaign
  • Increased Healing Speed for use in the Single-Player Campaign
  • 9mm Reload Speed Increase Upgrade for use in the Single-Player Campaign
  • Rifle Clip Capacity Increase Upgrade for use in the Single-Player Campaign

And if you pre-order the digital version from the PlayStation Store, you’ll receive all of the above as well as a trio of bonuses for the game’s Factions multiplayer mode:

  • Early Access to the Brawler Survival Skill
  • Early Access to additional Loadout Points
  • Early Access to the Jeep Cap and Surgical Mask

On the PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog has promised they will reveal more details about The Last of Us Remastered soon.

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Sony confirms The Last of Us Remastered to be released for PS4

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A banner ad currently in rotation on the PlayStation Store has confirmed that Sony and Naughty Dog will bring The Last of Us to the PS4 in an enhanced edition known as The Last of Us Remastered.

The PS4 edition of the game will be priced at $59.99 and will be available through the PlayStation and as a retail disc release. However, when it will be available is the big queston as clicking on the banner ad returns a “Page Not Found” error. It’s also unknown if The Last of Us Remastered will include the Left Behind expansion, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume it will as including downloadable content is par for the course for this kind of re-release.

Keep your eyes peeled to the PlayStation Blog, I’m sure an official announcement with all of these details is imminent.

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Continue Countdown #1 – Project Morpheus, The Last of Us Movie, South Park RPG, More

Welcome to the world premiere of Warp Zoned’s “Continue Countdown.” In each 30-minute episode, the Warp Zoned staff will discuss nine news stories from the week that was.

Get your quarters ready because in this episode Editor-In-Chief John Scalzo, Senior Editor Nicole Kline, and Staff Writer Mike Ryan talk about Sony’s “Project Morpheus” headset, the movie adaptation of The Last of Us, DriveClub’s delay, our expectations for Alien: Isolation, Gone Home’s console port, the epicness quotient of Angry Birds Epic, South Park: The Stick of Truth and the future of the licensed game, used games at Walmart, and our suggestions for the Official Scrabble Dictionary.

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The Last of Us wins Game of the Year at 2014 GDC Awards

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The 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards were handed out last night and The Last of Us took home “Game of the Year.” Naughty Dog’s unquestioned dominance in this year’s awards season really makes you wonder, does it ever get boring for Neil Druckmann and company? I’m guessing no, but after winning several BAFTAs, multiple DICE Awards, the Writer’s Guild Award for Videogame Writing, and a Warp Zoned Golden Pixel Award, it stops being surprising. In addition to being selected as “Game of the Year,” The Last of Us was also honored with the “Best Game Design” and “Best Narrative” awards.

But The Last of Us wasn’t the only winner last night. Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was picked as the “Best Handheld/Mobile Game” while IGF darling Papers Please took home the award for “Best Downloadable Game” as well as the “Innovation Award.”

The only other multi-award winner of the night was BioShock Infinite, which was recognized for its sights and sounds with the “Best Visual Art” and “Best Audio” awards. Finally, the low-key Gone Home (and its developer, The Fullbright Company) was picked as the “Best Debut” while the bombastic Grand Theft Auto V took home “Best Technology.”

The full list of this year’s winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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The Last of Us takes home Best Game at 2014 BAFTA Awards

baftagameThe 2014 BAFTA Awards were handed out yesterday in London and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us was crowned the big winner of the night. The Last of US was declared “Best Game” by the British Academy and also took home four additional awards: “Action and Adventure,” “Story,” “Performer” (for Ashley Johnson’s portrayal of Ellie), and “Audio Achievement.”

The Last of Us, an American game, shared the spotlight with two distinctly British titles. Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V (“Best British Game,” “Game Design,” and “Multiplayer”) and Media Molecule’s Tearaway (“Mobile & Handheld,” “Family,” and “Artistic Achievement”) won three awards apiece.

The remainder of the awards were split between a handful of games and you can check out the complete list of winners after the break. (more…)

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