I'm a retail pharmacist. I did my undergrad at UCDavis where I got a B.A.S. dual degree in Biology and Italian. I got my Pharm.D. From University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
I have no idea what you mean by “episodic development?”
I haven’t played either game yet. I was planning on picking Metro Last Light up for Xbox 360 but I since sold that console and switched to the PS4. Now, I’m thinking that Metro Redux might be a solid grab at $49.99. I just bought The Last of Us Remastered too so it looks like the only games that I have purchased have been re-releases. Lol.
Does anyone have any other recommendations? I recently got word that GameStop is selling Killzone Shadow Fall for $19.99. That seems like a pretty good price but a lot of people have been saying that the game is merely a tech demo. As far as gameplay and level design is concerned, there isn’t much there. What is everyone’s opinion.
Oh yeah, and I also recently read Metro 2033 by Dimitry Glukhovsky so I figure I have to play the game.
Here is another snippet video on whether or not The Last of Us 2 might be made:
I really hope that they release as much “The Last of Us” stuff as possible. I would even welcome a full novel as I really didn’t get my fix with “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. I just finished reading American Dreams, and that was good. I’m really looking forward to a blockbuster movie as well and I hope someone like Hugh Jackman or Dylan McDermot plays Joel.
Yeah you’re right. I read that part after the fact.
It looks like The Last of Us 2 will drop sometime in 2015! Naughty Dog is working on a sequel!!
All the current arcade racers are social open world games and I don’t care for them.
The last great racing game was Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit for PS3. Everything has gone down hill after that.
The problem with Infamous for me was that I didn’t care about the smoke, neon, or rock powers. There were only 3 really and you didn’t get the rock power until the last fight. The game seemed to rely heavily on being able to move around using your powers and not on level design or even graphics. The level of detail in the environments just wasn’t there and you couldn’t really explore anything. The game seemed to focus on zipping up the sides of buildings. This just wasn’t fun for me.
I guess I’m not that much into superhero type video games except maybe the occasional Batman game. I’d much rather play a tactical gritty third person shooter with a strong story.
I just tweeted the game designer and he favorited one of my tweets that proposed that they make a sequel. I hope they do because TLOU was one of the few games that oozed class and polish. I don’t play that many games that have that kind of detail, level design and overall graphics. It was like eating a decadent desert playing that game!
What does Last Guardian wrong mean?
I think The Division might be similar to The Last of Us. I’m looking forward to it until Naughtyy Dog releases TLOU movie which is in the works. That should be awesome!
I haven’t played an open world game that I like.
Do you have any recommendations?
The problem with Infamous SS was that the environment didn’t change. You couldn’t open doors or go into buildings. Also, it didn’t really have a strong story…it was just one stupid mission after the next. Aside from Batman, I haven’t played a superhero game that I remotely like. I’d much rather stick to linear games until someone can open my eyes to what a good open world game should be.
I am noticing the grass more in games like MLB:The Show and Madden 25! Suprisingly though, I am still not wowed yet in anything I’ve seen lately. I was wowed when I played TLOU on PS3. That’s why I bought the remastered version for PS4. The environments were varied and beautifully rendered showing how nature can reclaim buildings in a post-apocalyptic world.
That being said, I am definitely awaiting a sequel. Even if it’s not worthy of the original, I’m sure it will hold it’s own graphically and I’m definitely a graphics kind of guy. I can’t really get into a game with poor graphics.
The thing about the last of us was that it told a strong mature narrative and that’s what I hope continues this gen. I’m 37 so I can’t warm up to some of the tween games like Infamous SS. I consider that game to be marketed towards the tween demographic. Lol. You might disagree though. I just think TLOU could be enjoyed by a 40 or 50 something…it was like a good classic book.
Thanks for the article! I remember reading that awhile ago. I guess the point I am trying to make is that other next gen games seem to utilize gimmicks for their graphics push like the neon or smoke / rock effects of Infamous SS. TLOU was different due to the painstaking detail of the environments. I guess the detail was what pushed the hardware vs. a lot of rocks flying around in Infamous SS.
Something I have been thinking about but I’m not sure if it should be a new thread is the graphics of TLOU. What I’m noticing in a lot of next gen games like Knack and Infamous SS are lots of particle effects whizzzing around like the concrete villains in Infamous SS.
In TLOU, the only scene that had particle effects were the spores that the Bloaters threw. The rest of the game was unremarkable really in terms of anything that could push the GPU. What do you think? What about TLOU graphics made it push the PS3 to it’s limits.
Does art direction have anything to do with graphics?
You really think it will be in the PS4 life cycle? I mean, so far there is no word that they’re working on it and a game needs a minimum of 3 years development I think. They better get started pretty quickly if they’re planning on a sequel!!
Yes…it was a chore for me primarily because you are stuck in the same environment all the time. You can’t go into buildings, open doors, that sort of thing. It’s mainly about the missions which weren’t all that fun to complete.
If you look at the textures used for the buildings, posters, the streets etc. I think The Last of Us on PS3 was prettier. The only next gen aspect of Infamous SS was the powers – neon and video in particular as well as the particle effects like the rock villains or DUP that turned into rocks. All of this was rubbish IMO.
I was really disappointed that the environments didn’t change in this game. You are stuck in the city for most of the game and you can’t open doors to buildings to explore.
I don’t really get much of a story. It’s definitely not even close to the level of storytelling that The Last of Us told. The missions are ridiculous too. I am just not getting this game at all.
So far I just don’t like how the PS4 has been recording my gameplay. I think the share button is broken in all honesty.
I am trying to figure out how I can get the footage the Elgato records to my computer which is across the room from my TV. The mic would be on my desk that doesn’t face the TV so I think I would encounter problems trying to record commentary as I play. Hmm…
It’s strange but some people get like 13 or so views per walkthrough video and others get 150,000 views! If there was an ad on their video, I think they would be making good money. Maybe those people getting views are partnered with Machinima. I have no idea.
Great review! I just sold Castle Wolfenstein on eBay for $30. I think I could have gotten much more for it but oh well.
I echo your sentiments, Fuzunga. I don’t think the share button has been working. A lot of the time there is no video for me to upload after I hit share so it is definitely tempermental. I hope Sony patches this soon because it would be great to be able to upload walkthroughs to YouTube however it seems like it would be tedious using the share button vs. the Elgato and your computer’s editing program.
Double tapping the share button every time I want to start a recording would be irritating for me. Many times I die in a game and I don’t want the video recorded…it’s only after beating a boss for example, that I would want the last 15 minutes saved for example.
How does the Elgato or PS4 record commentary? You were mentioning you could do this?
I understand. I thought the concept of making money through video game walkthroughs sounded interesting and fun. Maybe I will get an Elgato and start making videos. The Elgato costs $150 so it definitely isn’t cheap…hmm…
I finally got past the boss after many many attempts at it. I have no desire to play that segment of the game again!
Have you heard of “theRadBrad.” I read somewhere that he makes anywhere (range) from $136,000 to $1.2 million annually just from YouTube! Wow! I am not looking to devote my life to it but I’ve thought about the El Gato and maybe making the walkthroughs might be fun and could generate $250-$500 extra per month?? What do you think? Have you thought of it?