The Last of Us Game Play Demo E3

One of the biggest games I’m looking forward to playing this year is definitely The Last Of Us.  Since the announcement trailer that was released last year nothing new has really been released except for a few screen shots and another video that made an appearance on the net.  At E3 however, Naughty Dog was kind enough to allow everyone to view the game play demo at E3 and too be quiet frank, it looks stunning.

Besides the graphics looking top notch especially the urban jungle setting, what really adds depth to this game is the emphasis on survival.  Going back to the old PS1 survival horrors like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, it seems like med packs and ammo will be scarce to come by.  When watching the video, you will see three boxes at the top left corner of the screen which are your slots for med packs.  Only three though.  Joel has a health bar as well which isn’t as gracious as most other games out there.  That health seems to drop quickly if you don’t approach a situation with caution.  In one instance another survivor hits Joel through the face with a lead pipe and you see quiet a substantial amount of health decrease.  Joel also has a limited inventory in which he can keep items.  For example you see Joel taking out a molotov cocktail, hiding behind some cover and then (BOOM!)  a guy goes up in flames.  The melee combat is exciting to watch and probably even better when you play it.

Ellie, your AI companion is a breath of fresh air.  When Joel runs out of bullets, Ellie happily chucks a brick at his opponent causing him to fall off balance then Joel reacts with lighting speed dashing towards his enemy and then bashing his head a few good times against a counter top before falling unconscious.  Ellie seems like she has brains.  She doesn’t walk in front of you, in fact, she almost always hides behind cover when enemies approach and helps out when she can.  The perfect AI companion.

Towards the end of the demo Joel gets into another scrap but this guy is tough, huge and looks crazy.  Ellie assists by stabbing crazy guy in the back.  Crazy guy gets rid of Ellie but now he’s distracted.  Joel kicks him off, hits him with the shot gun and takes aim right at this guys face.  Joel pulls the trigger as the crazy guy begs for his life and face goes everywhere.

OK, that last part is quiet dramatic I must admit and a few people were horribly offended by this display.  For me personally I wasn’t offended.  I thought, what has happened to this character that he is able to do the the things that he does.  During the course of the Demo you  even hear Ellie questioning Joel in his methods.

Naughty Dog has created a realistic, dark, gritty game based in a world without rules and without mercy.  I for one am looking forward to exploring this rich and dynamic story.


E3 Is Coming

With E3 looming around the corner, I can’t help but get slightly anxious.  So many questions need to be answered and E3 is the place to get the info.

Biggest stories

 Xbox 720


Will the new Xbox be unveiled at E3?  If it is announced what features will it have?  Will it be strictly online play?  (I doubt it ) Will there be any Demo’s available to play? Although Microsoft has made it clear that there will be no new console this year and will be focusing on support and games for the Xbox 360, they might surprise you because hey, it’s Microsoft.

Sony PS4


Tongues have been wagging for months regarding Sony’s new console.  Rumors have been flying left and right and every time a new rumor surfaces, Sony is quick to dismiss it.  Sony won’t be caught with their pants down again as was the case when Xbox 360 was released giving Microsoft one hell of a lead in the market.  Sony usually has a ten year life span regarding their consoles and the PS3 is no different.

My top 11 games that I hope are included at E3 are as follows

Assassins Creed 3

We’ve all seen the announcement trailer.  We’ve all seen the game play trailer.  Now we actually need to see someone demo the game.  Any new information regarding this game is an absolute welcome.

Hitman:  Absolution

There are mixed opinions on this game.  Truly hardcore fans of the series have been quick to dismiss it saying that I.O. has “dumbed” it down.  While the developers say that there will still be plenty of challenge to the game, it’s just been adapted for new comers and casual gamers.

Tomb Raider

It’s unfortunate for the delay, but hey, I don’t have that much money anyway.  Scheduled now for a 2013 release, Tomb Raider remains on my top 10 list of games to get.

Darksiders 2

I didn’t expect a delay on this one.  Delayed until August 2012, I am especially excited about being Death.  As with AC3 any information regarding this game is worth getting.

Developed by Obsidian, I’m holding thumbs that a trailer will be revealed for this one of a kind RPG.

Resident Evil 6

I’ve never been a huge fan of Resident Evil.  I played Nemesis way back on the PS1 and enjoyed it but since then never really played any other.  I must be the only gamer that actually enjoyed most of the films.  (I am expecting a few horrible comments now, just watch the language guys).  However this game in particular has got my attention.


The new rebooted Devil May Cry, fans were up in arms over the character change but I’m quiet curious to see how it plays out.  Maybe we’ll get to see how Dante got his white hair.  The game could be a prequel.  Don’t judge this too harshly.

The last of Us

A new IP from Naughty Dog, this survival game is shaping up to maybe being the next game of the year.

The Last Guardian

This poor game has been dragged through the mud these past few years, taking the biggest knock when Fumito Ueda (of ICO and Shadow of Colossus fame) left Sony.  Although all is not lost, Sony Santa Monica (God of War Dev) is assisting the studio.  Team ICO is a small company anyway so let’s all be patient, they’ve never released a crap game before.

The fist Crysis you were in a jungle.  Crysis 2, you were in New York City.  Crysis 3 is a hybrid bringing some greenery into New York City.  Over run with Ceph, Prophet returns to New York City to claim his territory back.

Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto 5 has been completely out of the lime light since its announcement trailer last year.  I think it will either come out towards the end of the year or beginning 2013 but hopefully we’ll get to see some new game play, hell even some new art work would be appreciated.

What games would you like to see at E3?  Feel free to comment

The Last of Us

The Last of Us is the newest IP created by critically acclaimed studio Naughty Dog, Inc.  Set in a post-apocalyptic world, (similar to I am Legend) survivors Joel and Ellie must stick together in order to survive.  Ok, this sounds like a typical Resident Evil type shtick but being a Naughty Dog game, things aren’t always what they seem.  Instead of following the over the top action such as their award winning game Uncharted or blood-fest mayhem like most zombie based games this survival-horror piece of art is opting for a new direction. “It’s a love story.  Not a romantic love story, a love story between these two characters”, says Neil Druckmann of Naughty Dog.

BBC’s Planet Earth series showed an episode a few years back about a fungus called Cordyceps.  This fungus had the ability to infect the body of an Amazonian bullet ant and started taking over this poor ant’s mind, sending the insect into the open.  Eventually the ant dies and the fungus uses the corpse as fertile ground in order to grow new spores.  This is the main idea for the game.  What would happen if this fungus, which is totally real, could infect humans and transform them into a zombie-fied, plant, looking hybrid of a man?

Well, Joel and Ellie are going to find out real soon.  What sets this game apart though is that the narrative is from the characters point of view.  The emotional struggle of being put in this kind of position and making difficult decisions.  Not only will Joel and Ellie have to defend themselves against cordyceps zombies but also against other survivors who are trying to cope in the world as well.

From the trailer you see Ellie gathering up bullets from a guy that Joel kicked the crap out of so I think it’s safe to assume that there will be limited resources through out the game.  Also from the trailer you see Joel firing a shot at plant-man but he looks kind of hesitant when he pulls the trigger.  Me personally, I like that.  Playing a reluctant killer who probably was just an average Joe before the whole world went to hell.  Must be tough on him because he knew what the world was like before all this.  Ellie on the other hand was born into this chaos so she knows nothing about the old world.

Naughty Dog insists on raising the bar yet again though.  Always exploring new options and genres they definitely know how to diversify their creativity.  Moving away from the cartoon-ish styles of Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter, to a gritty adventure like Uncharted and now to a seriously dark setting like The Last of Us.  I have the utmost confidence in this company.  How many game developers can confidently say that just when their company logo appears on the screen, before any real reveal, a room full of people and critics alike will applaud with excitement and that is exactly what happened when they released the trailer at the Spike Videogame Awards, last year.  That’s power that you cannot buy, that’s earned.

Release  Date:           End 2012-Beginning 2013


Platform:                    Playstation 3