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The Last of Us for PS3 – Full Preview

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This new and invigorating action horror adventure game, developed by the all famous Naughty Dog is scheduled to release worldwide for PlayStation 3 on June14th 2013. The Last of Us is based on 2 survivors, who need to reach to the Promised Land, operated by the resistant group, namely the Fireflies, free from infections and non-human humans aka walkers.

Plot

The story revolves around an experiment that goes bad nearly 20 years ago, resulted in a virus rush in the atmosphere, known as the cordycep-type virus. This virus kills millions that come across it. Slowly and gradually nature takes over the abandoned metropolises and townships. The remaining survivors are stitched inside confinement zones to keep themselves safe at all costs. This whole operation is right under the nose of US military.

Main Characters

Joel, who is a cynical back adult male within the quarantine zones, promises to bring a young girl named Ellie, who is quite mature for someone of her age, to a safe place maintained by a resistant group called the Fireflies. Both of them begin their journey through the US infected states and cities, to reach the Promised Land without becoming a victim to the virus and the creatures that lurk around.

Development

The game is developed by a famous action/thriller game maker, Naughty Dog, and it was first showcased in November, 2011 in the Spike Video Games Award. Naughty Dog developed ‘The Last of US’ for PS 3, with a new feature known as the AI System, known as the Balance of Power. This feature engages the enemies to work like real characters when a situation arises, such as if the ammo of the player is exhausted, the enemies would take advantage and attack harder, and if the player calls for help, the enemies would find cover if they could find it. Many players would find this an interesting piece of craftsmanship, since this is really going to integrate with the players and the plot of the game.

Concept

The game concept was derived from the BBS documentary Planet Earth, which shows an ant infected with cordyceps fungus that results in an unusual growth in the brain of the ant. The Last of Us, releasing for PlayStation 3, idealizes the movies such as ‘I Am Legend’ and ‘The Road’ having screening effects from the very famous TV series, The Walking Dead. With everything that has spoken about the game, one thing needs to be cleared about it is that, THIS IS NOT A ZOMBIE game but a story of an adult male helping a teenage girl, who share a father daughter relationship.

Awards and Future Predictions

The Last of Us for PS3 has won a series of awards that include the best PS 3 game which was presented by IGN in June, 2012 and the Best of Show award by the PlayStation Universe, also in June, 2012.

The Last of Us is predicted to do well in the market, since it will be forcing a paradigm shift by creating a different storyline that does not include Zombies and will also intimidate horror fiction game developers to come up with exciting ideas on developing more games of the same genre.

Here is what the Naughty Dog co-president has to say on the game: “The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character driven tale about a modern plague decimating mankind. Nature encroaches upon civilization, forcing remaining survivors to kill for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.”

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