Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Last of Us Trailer and Gameplay

I haven't been paying attention to much of the news coming out of E3 this year, but the footage I was most excited about was for Naughty Dog's The Last of Us. There have been a couple of trailers released since the announcement of it back in 2011, but finally getting some footage was a great capper for Sony's press conference. Naughty Dog's been on a roll thanks to the Uncharted franchise, a handheld game was just released on the PS Vita, and this is their first new property since the Jax and Daxter and Sly Cooper action platforming games. Here's a brief synopsis of the game from the trailer ad:
The Last of Us is genre-defining experience blending survival and action elements to tell a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Cities are abandoned and being reclaimed by nature. Remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a young teenage girl who's braver and wiser beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.

The game reminds me of Cormack McCarthy's The Road, the idea that human beings can be more worse than the horrors that surround them. That's a central theme to The Walking Dead, zombies shuffle along aimlessly hungering, the humans were the people who left laws and morals behind in order to survive. The gameplay shown from E3 definitely shows that. Using the game mechanics of Uncharted but adding some survival-horror elements, we get a closer look at life after the end of the world.

I can't wait to try a demo of this.

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