The Best Games of 2012: The Last of Us

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Full Title: The Last of US
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: TBA, Late 2012

Coming off the smash success that was Uncharted 3, Naughty Dog has nothing left to prove as a developer. Creating three of the most celebrated and respected franchises in PlayStation history, let alone gaming in general with Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, and Uncharted on the PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 , respectively. In this upcoming game, The Last of Us, the player will be thrust into a post-apocalyptic society after a deadly disease decimates the world. The virus (which infects the host and causes them to burst with a parasite) jumped from insects to humans, and is causing mass unrest and has led to quarantines everywhere. The game looks to employ a third-person camera and will involve lots of gritty and realistic melee, as well as gun-based combat.

However, rather than being a run-and-gun focused cover-based shooter like Uncharted, the developers hope this game instills a lot more realism. For example, if you point a loaded gun at an unarmed enemy, they will flip out and hide. Enemies will call out to each other, they will adapt, and they will react to the environment. Another big difference between this and Uncharted: a single bullet can kill. Instead of unloading entire clips into a single enemy, expect to cherish each and every bullet you can scavenge. The developers have a lot of hype to live up to, given their pedigree, and consider me excited. The biggest concern for me though, is whether or not they can make the AI for your companion (Ellie) actually competent. This will probably be the make-or-break factor, and I hope they don’t overlook this. Check out the two videos below for the trailer, and Game Informer’s exclusive behind the scenes video! Finally, let us know what you think in the comments below!

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