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Platform PS3, PS4 Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Naughty Dog Release Date 2013-06-14

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The Last of Us review: dead inside

The best parts of The Last of Us are devoted to building these two characters, and their relationship with one another. Ellie's development is especially powerful. Though hardened by the world she lives in, she talks and acts like a believable teenage girl. When she gets mad at Joel, her anger is apparent outside of cutscenes — she noticeably hangs back and rebuffs Joel's commands. At other times she'll skip, hum to herself and banter about random topics you'd expect a 14-year-old to be concerned with. She reminded me of my sister when she was in high school, and it made it easy to build a connection to her. Joel and Ellie's relationship is antagonistic at first and more affectionate later, but its development doesn't feel forced. The Last of Us is full of incidental...

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Watch The Last of Us stars share their first meeting, discuss 'alternate' ending

To celebrate the release of The Last of Us Remastered for PlayStation 4, the PlayStation Blog released an interview with the stars of the game in which they recall the first time they met and the musical alternate ending. The video, which you can watch above, features Ashley Johnson (Ellie) talking briefly about working with the actor auditioning for Joel just before Troy Baker. In one cut, Johnson pushed the actor — only to be pushed right back, resulting in a tumble. After she regained her feet, Johnson reacted with some of Ellie's signature spirit. "Alright, we're gonna do this," she said of her thoughts at the time. "I'm totally gonna fight this motherfucker." The two never came to physical blows, of course, and Baker was ultimately cast for the part. But the pair fans know today...

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The Last of Us had an epilogue that Naughty Dog cut, and here it is

The Last of Us had one final closing scene that Naughty Dog left on the cutting room floor, and during The Last of Us: One Night Live, yesterday's one-off live performance based on the game's story, the studio presented the epilogue for those in attendance. (Warning: Spoilers for The Last of Us follow.) NeoGAF members who were in the audience provided details on the forum about the show and epilogue. According to those reports, Neil Druckmann, writer and creative director of The Last of Us, introduced the final scene after the credits rolled by saying that it was a special treat for the audience — Naughty Dog will never release it publicly. The performers, Troy Baker as Joel and Ashley Johnson as Ellie, acted out the epilogue on stage. According to the attendees' reports, the scene...

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Watch The Last of Us: One Night Live right now (update)

Update: The performance is over, but you can watch the entire show above. The Last of Us: One Night Live is live, right now, right here. It's streaming live right now, from PlayStation's Twitch channel, from now until 10pm Pacific (1am eastern). For more on The Last of Us, read our The Last of Us Remastered review here.

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What do Shakespeare and The Last of Us movie have in common?

With a film version of The Last of Us on the horizon, the voices behind game protagonists Joel and Ellie have weighed in what they both hope to see in the characters' transition from console to silver screen. Speaking with IGN, voice actors Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker describe how different interpretations and visions of a narrative — and by extension different actors — are part of the evolution of any popular story. Johnson responded to a question of what she wants to see from the new Ellie actor by saying: "Selfishly, the only requirement I would want is just that they love it as much as I do, which clearly is not going to happen. But to at least have played the game so they know what it was, but who knows if that's going to happen. I know somebody could do an amazing job with it...

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GameStop has a plan to give The Last of Us owners half off of the Remastered edition

What do you do with that PlayStation 3 version of The Last of Us when the game makes its debut on the PlayStation 4 July 29 as The Last of Us Remastered? GameStop has an answer. From July 27 through August 2, the retailer will take your PS3 disc on trade and give you half off the PS4 version, which will retail for $49.99. Sony is not offering a discount for those who own the original version of the game, though it did drop the price by $10 in late June. For more on The Last of Us Remastered, be sure to read our recent impressions of the "stunning visual masterpiece" and watch the E3 2014 trailer below. You can also read our review of the original and the story-based Left Behind downloadable content, which will be included in Remastered.

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The Last of Us will be performed on stage for just one night

Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic adventure The Last of Us will be coming to a new format next week: the theater. To commemorate the launch of The Last of Us Remastered, a live theatrical performance called The Last of Us: One Night Live will consist of a live reading of selected scenes from the game from actors Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hana Hayes and Annie Wersching. It will be performed under the direction of creative director and writer Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog. One Night Live will be performed only once, according to a PlayStation Blog post, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Calif., on Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m. PT. The performance will be intercut with video from motion capture sessions filmed during the development of The Last of Us, and composer...

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The Last of Us recreated as a PS1 game

Maybe you pine for the days when video games were blocky and rigid, when you struggled to suspend your disbelief. This isn't just a series of cubes covered in muddy textures, you'd think. This is a fungus-covered hallway in an abandoned apartment complex, barely standing after the fall of man. If that's you, perhaps you'll find comfort in The Last of Us reimagined as a PlayStation 1 game. The users at NeoGAF, never ones to back down from a Photoshop challenge, were inspired by a joke to create these novel screenshots. User plainr_ created the first two images, while KyleFedora created the bottom one. A new thread has been created for hosting images of other similar demakes. It's worth a look!

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Voice of The Last of Us' Ellie rips Ubisoft over male-only cast in Assassin's Creed Unity

Ashley Johnson, the voice actor whose role as Ellie in The Last of Us earned her a BAFTA award, weighed in on Ubisoft's male-only cast of playable characters in Assassin's Creed Unity, chiding the publisher and its developers for not including women. "When I saw the gameplay and saw that [in] their multiplayer you do not have the option to play as a female. I was like, 'Give me a fucking break!'" Johnson told VideoGamer.com in an interview on Friday. "It's 2014! How many video games do you have to make to realize maybe have an option to have a female be in there?" However, her co-star, Troy Baker, cautioned that if this controversy means video games now include an obligatory female character, it risks tokenizing them and making the situation worse. "I think that's almost even more...

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Special edition The Last of Us and Destiny-themed PS4 consoles coming to Japan

New images revealed by Sony this week show off two new PlayStation 4 models themed around the upcoming releases of Destiny and The Last of Us Remastered, with both models coming to Japan soon. The white-colored Destiny console looks quite a bit like the Destiny console planned for Europe, with the addition of a Destiny logo on the Japanese version. You can check that out below. The other upcoming bundle, The Last of Us Remastered PS4, also includes the game's logo as well as silhouettes of protagonists Joel and Ellie on a black console. You can check that out above. Both consoles will ship with a copy of their respective game. The Last Of Us console will cost 47,980 yen (or roughly $473) and be released on Aug. 21. The Destiny-themed console is priced at 46,980 yen (or rouhly $464)...

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A look at how The Last of Us Remastered will let you take pretty photos of ugly monsters

The Last of Us Remastered will include a special mode for players to create and share images from the post-apocalyptic thriller, and Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells offered a glimpse at the mode on Twitter today. During our hands-on session with The Last of Us Remastered yesterday, Naughty Dog community specialist Eric Monacelli said that the studio plans to implement a photo sharing mode with a launch-day patch. Players will be able to use the DualShock 4's Share button to post screenshots, as usual. But the special mode will allow them to turn off the game's HUD and tweak other elements to create artful images based on screengrabs from the game. According to the photo Wells tweeted, the mode looks to be called Share Mode in The Last of Us Remastered; we've checked in with...

The Last of Us Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-06-14
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Naughty Dog
    • Score 7.5
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Naughty Dog
    • Score 8.0
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