|Platform PS3||Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment||Developer Naughty Dog||Release Date 06/14/2013|
By Philip Kollar on Jun 05, 2013 06.05.13
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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By Alexa Ray Corriea on Mar 07, 2014 03.07.14
Troy Baker, the actor behind Joel from Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, thinks the recently-announced live action movie adaptation is in good hands — though he hasn't revealed if he will be reprising his role for the film, reports IGN. The voice actor stated fans shouldn't worry about the quality of the adaptation, which is being written by The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann. "From experience I trust implicitly everyone at Naughty Dog," Baker said. "From Christophe to Evan to Bruce Straley to Neil Druckmann. To everyone who liked that game, you need to trust what they're doing. I know that if it wasn't going to be something that accurately represents that story, they wouldn't do it." Baker suggested he has not been approached yet about participating in the film, though it...
By Tracey Lien on Mar 06, 2014 03.06.14
Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Walls and Christophe Balestra issued a statement today to address reports that The Last of Us game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckmann were involved in the recent departure of Uncharted series creative director, Amy Hennig. The statement was issued in response to what the co-presidents described as "hurtful allegations" against Straley and Druckmann — both of whom worked on Naughty Dog's most-recent game, The Last of Us — which insinuated that they were the reason for Hennig's sudden departure from the studio. "Earlier this week we had to confirm the regrettable news that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog," the statement reads. "She will be missed and as we stated before we appreciate the significant contributions that she has...
By Michael McWhertor on Mar 06, 2014 03.06.14
Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3 game The Last of Us is being adapted into a live-action movie to be distributed by Sony Pictures subsidiary Screen Gems, Deadline reports. Neil Druckmann, the game's creative director, is attached to write the film's script. He recently won the Writers Guild of America's Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games award. The Last of Us' big screen adaptation will be produced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures production company. "Screen Gems' Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention insisting we go after it, and when I saw the quality of the storytelling, I knew the audience for this project was far greater than just the gaming community and that Neil Druckmann must write the screenplay," Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper...
By Colin Campbell on Mar 01, 2014 03.01.14
Fans of Left Behind, Naughty Dog's latest DLC story for The Last of Us, can see some of the work that went into the story, via a new mini-documentary. Behind the Scenes with The Last of Us: Left Behind talks to the designers, writers and actors behind the story, which explored the relationship between Ellie and her friend Riley. It looks at how Riley, who originally appeared in a comic spin-off, reconnects with Ellie. Through their relationship, elements of Ellie's story, not shown in the core game, emerge. Earlier this week, Naughty Dog released the full documentary The Making of The Last of Us onto YouTube.
By Dave Tach on Feb 28, 2014 02.28.14
The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog will expand the game's single-player campaign and multiplayer component with upcoming downloadable content, according to a post on the developer's official website. Naughty Dog's "final drop in the Season Pass" does not have a release date, but community specialist Eric Monacelli teased its contents. "It is chock full of multiplayer goodness with new maps, new weapons, new skills and also a brand new difficulty mode for the single-player campaign," Monacelli wrote. "We'll have more information on it as in-game elements near completion." The $19.99 Season Pass that Monacelli referenced includes access to three DLC packs for the PlayStation 3-exclusive game. The first, the Abandoned Territories Map Pack, includes four multiplayer maps and was r...
By Ben Kuchera on Feb 25, 2014 02.25.14
There are ten things going on at once, and I suppose that the cover I was relying on wasn’t quite as effective as I had assumed. I died, the game took a second to find my last checkpoint and it placed me back in the world. That’s when I noticed that I had lost close to 30 minutes of progress in the game. I would have to fight across two large sections of the map, climb into the tank again and slowly retake the building to get to where I was. Instead I turned off the system, put down the controller and went to bed. Bad checkpoints kill any and all interest I have in games, and replaying large sections of a level due to the developer’s inability to use them well is infuriating. It’s 2014, why aren’t checkpoints a solved problem? Why does this keep happening? What makes a bad...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Feb 24, 2014 02.24.14
Grounded: The Making of The Last of Us, a documentary from Area 5 and Naughty Dog on the critically acclaimed action-adventure survival game, is now available to watch for free on YouTube. Originally available only to season pass holders, Grounded was released on Amazon Instant Video last week. The documentary, which you can watch above, features exclusive interviews with the game's creators and the voice actors who brought the characters to life. Grounded is intended to be watched as a "thoughtful afterword" to The Last of Us, and viewers are advised to complete the game first. Naughty Dog released the game's first and last story-driven downloadable content, Left Behind, Feb. 14. For more on how the DLC introduced a new character and perspective on Ellie, check out our interview...
By Dave Tach on Feb 24, 2014 02.24.14
Voting for the 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards and the Independent Games Festival Audience Awards are open now through March 1 at 2:59 p.m. ET, organizers announced today. The GDC Choice awards are designed for developers to recognize the best of their own in categories that include Best Debut, Best Technology and Game of the Year. Nominees announced earlier this year include Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, Media Molecule's Tearaway and The Fullbright Company's Gone Home. For the IGF's Audience Awards, you can vote for a game at the IGF's official site until March 1. The IGF Awards celebrate indie gaming's best in categories like Excellence in Audio, Excellence in Narrative and Excellent in Visual Art. Nominees were also announced earlier this year and include Klei Entertainment's...
By Emily Gera on Feb 24, 2014 02.24.14
There is a 50 percent chance that last year's Naughty Dog release The Last of Us will not be the end to the series, according to studio creative director Neil Druckmann in a recent Reddit AMA. Druckmann took to Reddit to respond to a comment asking the likelihood of gamers returning to the world of The Last of Us in the future. "If you're asking about a sequel ... right now I'd say it's 50/50." While Druckmann didn't specify what will be required of the studio before a sequel is considered, he later commented that a new release featuring protagonists Joel and Ellie will only be made is it "doesn't repeat what we've done, but somehow builds on the original." Naughty Dog released its final story-centric DLC The Last of Us: Left Behind earlier this month. The DLC takes place while Ellie...
By Danielle Riendeau on Feb 20, 2014 02.20.14
I watched a parade of dumb caricatures across dozens of movies. There were exaggerated butch women in flannel, limp wristed "fabulous" guys, bi women who were "traitors" for having sex with men and drag queens so over-the-top they were somewhere in orbit around Mars. I giggled gamely, at first, thinking that this was all sort of a communal in-joke, and we could all laugh at ourselves a little bit. The truth slowly dawned on me — this shit isn't actually funny, it's lazy. It can be harmful in that it widens the cracks that exist in the community, between subgroups of people — between cisgender and transgender people, men and women, people of color, and so on. That same logic applies to video games, as in any form of entertainment. And since mainstream games are just starting to...