Sexual conquest and emotional connections in Dragon Age: Inquisition

It's a dynamic rooted in both the competitive, goal-driven nature of games, and the laddish perspectives of many of the people traditionally making games. But things are changing as games, and the people making them, take a more sophisticated approach. Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare's big fantasy role-playing game, focuses on the relationships between the character and the non-player characters he or she encounters throughout the story. Players have latitude about who they wish to spend time with, and how. Simply conquering another's affections, and notching a win on the bed-post, is not the point, according to creative director Mike Laidlaw. Must Read Dragon Age: Inquisition Preview "Let's not have gifts that buy affection. Let's not have sex be the end goal,"...


Want to save time and money? Stop buying games at launch

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions of Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition have just been released for $60. For that price you get the full version of Diablo 3, a bunch of social features, the Reaper of Souls expansion, and visuals that are much improved from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version. I’m happy to report that it’s the best version of the game so far, as I spend my evenings wrecking shit with my Demon Hunter. It goes further than that, though. The original PC version was a bit of a mess. It needed to be online to work, the real-money auction house was a controversial choice, and the loot was overwhelming. Every aspect of these flaws has been addressed in the console version, along with the ability to directly control your character and play almost as an action game. If...


The Last of Us Remastered's photo mode can also make beautiful trailers

The PlayStation 4 remaster of The Last of Us is capable of taking some gorgeous screenshots, thanks to the game's photo mode. But it can do more than just snap stunning stills, as shown by the "Time" trailer shot by machinima maker Grant Voegtle. Voegtle uses The Last of Us Remastered's photo mode camera to turn some frozen moments and Gustavo Santaolalla's score into something impressive enough to make even Naughty Dog game director Neil Druckmann say, "Holy shit." Voegtle says more "Time" trailers may be on the way. The shots are pulled from throughout The Last of Us' campaign, so spoilers abound if you haven't played the game.


Two key developers leave Uncharted's studio for Call of Duty's

Two key developers with tenure on the acclaimed Uncharted franchise and The Last of Us have left their studio for Infinity Ward, the makers, most recently, of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Jacob Minkoff, the lead designer on The Last of Us and Uncharted 3 in fact left at the beginning of the year, according to a new listing on his LinkedIn page. Taylor Kurosaki, a narrative design lead for Naughty Dog, confirmed (through his bio on Twitter) that he is also with Infinity Ward, which is owned by Activision. Both developers are expected to work on Infinity Ward's next Call of Duty project, due for 2016. In March, Naughty Dog's former creative director, Amy Hennig, left the studio after 10 years and joined Visceral Games to work on an unannounced Star Wars title. The studio also has seen the...


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...


The Last of Us has an epilogue, and here it is (correction)

The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog created one final closing scene for the game, 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 finds Joel...


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.


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...


The Last of Us review update: Remastered on PS4

The Last of Us was already one of the most visually impressive games of the last generation, so the necessity of "remastering" it for next-gen hardware is arguable. The results, however, are not. The Last of Us Remastered is a lovingly curated package. In addition to a graphically improved version of the core game that looks better, runs smoother and loads faster, Remastered contains a number of bonuses — most notably, the excellent Left Behind single-player DLC. While I would have loved an option to slot Left Behind into its place in the timeline while playing through the game, just having it included at all is a blessing. While this is a great package for anyone who hasn't played The Last of Us yet, it also includes some nice elements for people who are already hardcore fans. A...

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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