The Last of Us

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The Last of Us
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Basic Information
Video Game
Naughty Dog
Sony Computer Entertainment
Successor title
The Last of Us Part II
Survival Horror, Action-Adventure
PlayStation 3
Retail Features
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Technical Information
Retail Localization Information
Interface Language(s)
Main Credits
Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann
Jacob Minkoff
Gustavo Santaolalla
Neil Druckmann
Travis McIntosh and Jason Gregory
United Nations International Release Date(s)
PlayStation 3
June 142013
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The Last of Us is an action/adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation 3 video game console, and later for PlayStation 4 as The Last of Us Remastered. It was officially revealed on December 10, 2011 during the Spike TV Video Game Awards and was released on June 14, 2013.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The Last of Us uses third-person view. The player takes control of Joel, while Ellie will be controlled by the AI. The game will involve gun fighting and melee combat as well as a cover system. The player will fight off the Infected — former humans — and the Survivors — humans that are not infected, but are hostile towards Joel and Ellie. A new gameplay mechanic is a feature the developers call "dynamic stealth", meaning that there are many different types of strategies and techniques that the player can use at any given time as they approach a new situation, to which enemies will react differently. Naughty Dog have developed an AI system called "Balance of Power". This new system allows enemies to react realistically to any combat situation they are placed in by taking cover if they see the player, calling for help if they need it and even taking advantage of the players weaknesses, such as when Joel runs out of ammunition or when he is being attacked by other enemies.

Plot[edit | edit source]

In September 2013, a strand of the Cordyceps fungus has mutated to affect people, turning those infected into aggressive zombie-like cannibals. Once the outbreak reaches his home in suburban Austin, Texas, single-father Joel, along with his daughter Sarah and brother Tommy, attempt to flee but are quickly caught up in the ensuing chaos. During their escape, Sarah is shot by a soldier and dies in Joel's arms.

Within the following two decades, the outbreak causes the fall of civilization. What remains of the United States are heavily policed quarantine zones, and independent groups of survivor taking refuge in abandoned cities. A hardened Joel now works as a smuggler within the Boston Quarantine Zone alongside a woman named Tess. After hunting down Robert, a black-market weapons dealer who stole a cache from them, they learn that Robert sold their weapons to the Fireflies, a militia group rebelling against the quarantine authorities. Tess kills Robert and goes with Joel to retrieve their cache. The Fireflies' leader, Marlene, agrees to double their cache in exchange for smuggling a teenage girl named Ellie to Fireflies in the area outside the Zone. While sneaking out, Joel, Ellie, and Tess are caught by a patrol. Joel and Tess discover Ellie is infected during the escape, but Ellie claims she has already been infected for three weeks (most people lose their humanity within two days). Joel and Tess realize that the Fireflies hope to use Ellie's apparent immunity to find a cure, and take Ellie to the meeting point. However, they arrive to find the Fireflies dead. Tess reveals she has been bitten by an infected, and sacrifices herself to hold off the pursuing soldiers, giving Joel and Ellie time to escape.

Development[edit | edit source]

The game was first teased before the Spike Video Game Awards on November 29, 2011, with a billboard in Times Square mentioning "a [PlayStation 3] exclusive you won't believe". Initial trailers showed an apocalyptic event, including riots, epidemic, quarantine, and violence, as well as a clip of the BBC's Planet Earth showing an ant infected with Cordyceps unilateralis, a dangerous parasitic fungus that usually kills insects such as ants. On December 9, 2011, players of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception spotted an in-game reference to the aforementioned trailer with the newspaper headline "scientists are still struggling to understand deadly fungus". At the Spike Video Game Awards, Sony officially unveiled the game, a brand new intellectual property from Naughty Dog, created by a previously unpublicized 80-person Naughty Dog development team. A gameplay trailer, made up of in-game footage, showed a man and a teenage girl fending off other survivors and what appeared to be people with unusual fungal growth before running out into a dilapidated city covered in greenery, reminiscent of the film I Am Legend.

Reception[edit | edit source]