After the immense success of their critically acclaimed Uncharted series, Naughty Dog unveiled The Last Of Us at the Spike TV Awards 2011 and if there is one thing that Naughty Dog knows how to do, it’s to make every other game look last-gen in the graphics department, and they have done just that for The Last Of Us. With it’s unusual take on the post-apocalyptic genre, jaw-dropping graphics and the intense environment, Naughty Dog sure has a winner on their hands.
The Last Of Us features an unusual green on it’s color palette as opposed to the gray and brown of otherpost-apocalyptic titles such as Fallout and RAGE but also uses the staple of the post-apocalyptic genre, survival, of an old man, Joel, and his young female companion, Ellie. The environment and the story is explained by game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckmann to Game Informer and you can see the video here.
As you can see, Naughty Dog has put in quite an emphasis on the story and both the characters Ellie and Joel seem really fleshed out with their personalities, just like fan-favorite Nathan Drake, with Joel being this remorseless 40-something who agrees to smuggle Ellie out of the quarantined city, who is a 14 year old orphan who is obsessed by the world before the infection began. The game will focus on these two survivors fending off against the military and these zombie-like creatures with unnatural growths protruding from their heads, all the while building upon their relationship which can be described as a father and daughter’s. Also, there is quite a backstory with all the virus outbreaks and quarantines.
Scheduled for release somewhere around the first quarter of 2013, it’s going to be a long wait for some of the fans who are eagerly waiting for Naughty Dog’s gorgeous looking gem. Since it is Naughty Dog, expectations are already through the roof and people will be disappointed if it doesn’t snag a couple of Game Of The Year awards.