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Submitted by HiddenMission 1249d ago | opinion piece

The Last of Us delivers the truest form of fear

HiddenMission writes: If you have been gaming for as long as I have then finding true fear in a title is nearly impossible but only with The Last of Us is true fear possible. (PS3, The Last Of Us)

NastyLeftHook0  +   1249d ago
and the truest form of greatness in games today.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1249d ago
We can't say that right now cause we haven't actually played it but the game does look like it has alot of potential.
BitbyDeath  +   1249d ago
Normally i'd agree but this is Naughty Dog. Their quality of games have been proven to be a cut above the rest on numerous occassions.

No reason to doubt them this gen, this game will be amazing.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1249d ago
im saying it right now, just by what ive seen so far, the game looks amazing. but i understand where your coming from, you cannot judge a game based on 20 minutes or so, but those 20 minutes were jaw dropping.
GrahamGolden  +   1249d ago
it naughty dog no need to play to know its gonna rock .
pixelsword  +   1249d ago
As much as I liked Naughty Dog's games above a lot of other games in it's genre, even Naughty Dog has to jump that hoop for me. You just can't give that game a pass because of who made it. Haze was made by a company with a very good reputation, but in the end the game wasn't too hot, for example. Duke Nukem didn't shine like it did in the older days, Id didn't succeed with Rage like I thought they would.

The list goes on, so what I'm saying is that I'm not sitting at the table and wiping my mouth before I take a bite, especially just after leaving the men's room; that just looks... weird.
pixelsword  +   1249d ago
Double post

Double post, again?
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miyamoto  +   1249d ago
they should have shown how to battle clickers for more fast paced action the bored RE 6 fanboys & whiners are clamoring for.
Shane Kim  +   1249d ago
Naughty Dog is a top developer, end of story. Just take a look at their history, each gen they make top quality games, and at top of the pinnacle is Uncharted 2, regarded as one of the best games ever made and industry standard as of it's release...LAst of Us won't be an exception.

And just to fill in, Haze wasn't a bad game at all, I bet you didn't even play it. It got hacked into pieces because it was released at a time when the PS3 got bashed from every site in existance.
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inveni0  +   1249d ago
It's not really a "pass" to say that we expect their game to be awesome. It's just a safe bet. Sure, they could show their cards, and the only hand we see is a high card, 8 of diamonds, but this isn't really gambling. A crappy game from Naughty Dog (especially after seeing gameplay) would shock the industry. It would be like snowfall in Hell.
pixelsword  +   1248d ago
@ shane:

If you said Haze wasn't a bad game, then it was YOU who probably didn't play the game. I bought Haze, played it, then promptly returned it. The only good thing about it was a couple of the multiplayer boards, but like a lot of people, I swallowed the kool-aid because Free Radical made Time Splitters, so therefore it had to be good.

- Whiny punk of a character (my main gripe with Baldur in Too Human as well)

- Those idiot crackhead squad-mates that went "Boosh!" all of the time

- character's too stupid to see that he was played by both sides (again like Baldur)

- hit-and-miss graphics

- terrible dialogue

The only pluses in the single player were the atmosphere and the overall plot.

@ inveni0

Yeah, but you can take those words and paste Rage, Haze and other games there and you'd be correct... and incorrect.

It's not really a "pass" to say that we expect their game to be awesome. It's just a safe bet. Sure, they could show their cards, and the only hand we see is a high card, 8 of diamonds, but this isn't really gambling. A crappy game from Free Radical (especially after seeing gameplay) would shock the industry. It would be like snowfall in Hell.

It's not really a "pass" to say that we expect their game to be awesome. It's just a safe bet. Sure, they could show their cards, and the only hand we see is a high card, 8 of diamonds, but this isn't really gambling. A crappy game from Id (especially after seeing gameplay) would shock the industry. It would be like snowfall in Hell.

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inveni0  +   1248d ago
Anyone who thought Rage or Haze looked good after seeing gameplay was obviously blind. Both of those games had horrible AI. And if the devs don't put time into AI, then they certainly aren't going to put time anywhere else. And that'll just leave the game feeling lifeless.

LoU, however, shows incredible AI...perhaps the best in the industry (unless what we've seen so far is just some kind of joke). That means that they take the game seriously. They want it real...visceral... And that only points to good things.
tokugawa  +   1248d ago
i'll give you all my opinion once i have played it!!

at the mo, everything else wrote especially by the people on here are just fanboy wetdreams
smashcrashbash  +   1249d ago
I agree with the author. The fact that the AI acts so differently and are so responsive to what you do makes it a lot more frightening and thrilling. Just imagine if the monsters act this way. I especially liked the part where the guy ran off to hide when he saw Joel had a gun and ran off to plan an attack against him and Joel actually had to hunt him down. You actually felt the suspense as you turned every corner ready to attack as soon as the guy appeared and then he just suddenly jumped out wielding a Molotov. That made me jump and I wasn't even playing the game.
HammadTheBeast  +   1249d ago
No regenerating health. Enough said.

Anticipation is killing me.
Reverent  +   1249d ago
I'm just surprised the author didn't write, "Last of Us, an Epic Mess" in the title then write "if I was a total tool" or some crap in the article to attempt to justify the horrendously hit-seeking title. I guess the guy learned from his God of War Ascension article. This is a good thing^
majiebeast  +   1249d ago
Capcom moves to uncharted with resident evil 6 while naughty dog is moving towards resident evil with last of us thats pretty funny. So whats next resident evil 7 goes back to being what it used to be?
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jghvhv  +   1249d ago | Funny
Resident Evil 7 will be a Kart Racer.
Hicken  +   1249d ago
Still laughing. +bubbles.
saoco  +   1249d ago
LMFAO!!!! good 1.
Run_bare  +   1249d ago
"to: Youngster Joey"

hahahaha... that's funny..
pixelsword  +   1249d ago
Jill Valentine: Aw, snap! I locked my keys in my kart!

Barry Burton: Jill, here's a lockpick. It might come in handy if you, the master of unlocking, take it with you.
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GTRrocker666  +   1249d ago
Id like to see a resident evil mario
GrahamGolden  +   1248d ago
this comment mister was just pure epic
Freakazoid2012   1249d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(4)
wages of sin  +   1249d ago
Based off of what we've seen, no I don't agree. I don't find anything frightening from what they've shown or talked about. The only thing I think of is, "Why is Nathan Drake in this game?"
HammadTheBeast  +   1249d ago
But he's not....

4/10 for effort though. LOL.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1249d ago
Don't tell me you are trying to say the game is similar to Uncharted please. What will it take for you haters to realize that this game is nothing like UC? Is it because it's made by ND? If ND wasn't developing it, would that be what it takes for you to see TLoU as it's own game?
GTRrocker666  +   1249d ago
Derp both games have the color green derp
SAE  +   1249d ago
if he is saying the truth then uncharted is similar to crash :) ...
GrahamGolden  +   1248d ago
dude go back to your cod zombies or PEGI for everyone game ...let the mature ppl do the talk here thx
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smashcrashbash  +   1249d ago
Wow some real sour grapes in this article. Why did I get so many disagrees? What did i say to offend the people of N4G? Besides the one bubble trolls that are always lurking about disagreeing in every Sony article I have no idea what i said to warrant so many disagrees.I thought it was scary the way the AI reacted and it was a lot more suspenseful then when you know exactly what is coming every time.

The chainsaw guy in RE4 didn't seem as scary once I knew when and where he is coming from but if he appeared at different times from different places doing different things it would have have made him a lot scarier.My most fearful thought is that this is just how the way the humans react, the monsters who seem to be much stronger, faster and seem to have more highly developed hearing must be a nightmare to contend with. Just imagine a bunch of monsters that react differently to everything you do instead of just simply staggering along like a mindless zombie.

The creature in the first trailer reacted to the mere sound of Joel cocking the the gun and reacted accordingly. Just imagine that even the slightest sound could have them searching and sniffing around for you. Or if they work together in packs to hunt and/or ambush you. That would be scary.What adds even more to the fear factor is the fact that the action doesn't stop when you go into your bag for supplies. That means that scavengers and/or monsters could be bearing down on you while you fumble for something to defend yourself.
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rainslacker  +   1249d ago
I wouldn't worry about it too much, smash. From the gameplay footage I wouldn't call the game scary because I wasn't particularly scared when watching them...intrigued yes, but not scared.

However if you use your you apparently did, it's possible to see how this game could be a really good survival horror game, and actually have real scares. Not just cheap campy scary stuff that doesn't make you even blink an eye.
Sarcasm  +   1249d ago
I don't know about all that, but in simplest terms Naughty Dog has pushed the boundaries of AI that actually makes them look believable.

We always hear about how other games have "advanced AI" but we end up usually seeing the same patternized stuff.

This is completely different. Looking forward to playing this
DigitalRaptor  +   1248d ago
It is. Completely different. The ones hating on this really have no idea, just none. They think it's just another third person shooter with good AI.

The AI here, is beyond what has been achieved before. It's clear that these people don't have enough interest to notice, but these enemies act real. More real than any other computer controlled AI. THAT is what's scary, and THAT is what this article is about.

It's not visceral scares like in your standard horror games, but realistic 'your life is in peril' scares, and because these enemies are as well equipped to deal with the situation as you are, they are fear-worthy foes. The fact that their actions will change on the way you approach each situation means that each encounter is unpredictable, so therefore more tense, and therefore, more scary.

I dunno about "truest form of fear", but I don't think the author is far off. The fear of the unknown is close to the worst kind of fear.
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mantisimo  +   1248d ago
Well said Digi.

The combination of industry leading AI, real and true to life survival scares and the lack of regen health and non pause inventory screen (as well as low ammo etc) make this a truly scary game.

I've just logged on for the first time in months to reply.

+ Bubbs.
DivineAssault  +   1249d ago
I cant wait for this.. I dont care what scores it gets from reviewers cuz ppl will hate & others will love.. I dont see this game being anything less than greatness

Naughty Dog is brilliant with their graphic design.. I love the detail everywhere.. No excuses for console ports to look like $hit if they can achieve this.. Survival at its best.. Kinda makes you wana throw on a swiss gear backpack & get lost in the amazon lol
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Conzul  +   1248d ago
Exploring is fun.
ThatKanadianKid  +   1249d ago
Truest form of fear? Are you serious? Between this, and that horrible God of War post, these guys act like they've already played through the games and are making judgement from video clips of the games. (Yes, I read the post, unfortunately). Can't stand the grammar on this site either.

LOL, now he's sending me messages. You're professionalism is astounding Hidden Mission...

OT: Not saying the game won't be suspenseful, because I know it will be. But I don't see how you can judge the game to give you that sense of "fear" without even playing it.
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StevenVlzqz3  +   1249d ago
All I got to say is that when I start playing this game, I know my heart will be racing. Joel is a very human character and with the type of enemies in this game has that are almost unpredictable I think it will drive a real sense of fear because you feel as though you are Joel and you feel the suspense and maybe even the thrill. When your Nathan Drake you feel superhuman and almost like a Tank that knows how to do parkour and win every hand to hand fight. But when your Joel, you are totally vulnerable in every corner and every pounding minute. Can't wait for this game.
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Kratoscar2008  +   1249d ago
Unless the game makes me piss myself like Silent hill or Resident 1 ToU has a long way to go yet.
Relientk77  +   1249d ago
I cannot wait for this game, Naughty Dog never ceases to amaze me
ChunkyLover53  +   1249d ago
Is there a release date for this game yet? I hope its not too late into the year next year. Next year is going to be really packed with new things and I would rather play through this game before the new consoles release.
Straightupbeastly  +   1249d ago
I hope it's not " The last of Uncharted" instead. I want a new experience
SavageKuma  +   1249d ago
I am honestly impressed with what they showed so far at E3 and Gamescon. I mean they actually showed gameplay and it was intense. Great Write Up dude!
AO1JMM  +   1249d ago
The game will be awesome but I havent seen anything more fear inducing than any other game.
representj  +   1249d ago
naughty dog makes crisis look silly, naughty dog next gen engine will blow away cry engine 3 no doubt..
Alcohog  +   1249d ago
ITT: Analogies, analogies everywhere.
Jourdy288  +   1248d ago
I must say, it certainly sounds quite terrifying... I'm wondering how well it'll deliver.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1248d ago
lol people have xbox.
sly-Famous  +   1248d ago
I dont think ND is looking to put fear in us as much as wanting us to experience what the characters feel at that moment, a sense of servival more than fear.
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MonopolyRSV  +   1248d ago
It looks cool but it also looks almost exactly like Uncharted.

Crumbling buildings with plants growing inside everywhere.

The fact that you have to climb on top of a bus to get inside a building and the little girl is still gonna ask you how you plan on getting to the bridge. I hate stuff like that. It doesn't make as much logical sense as it should and they don't care.

The little girl also sounds way too cocky in general, its like an 11 year old version of Nathan Drake.

The fact that they would dare to be so blatant with the "borrowing" is kind of a turn off.

Also, I see no evidence from the demo that the choices the player makes changes the plot other than the order in which you face the enemies and how much damage you take in the process. And there can't be but so many variations of that.

All in all I think you guys are foolish for hyping this up. I'm confident this will be a good but not spectacular single player experience that will have little replay value, definitely not worth a buy.
CDzNutts  +   1248d ago
Well not everyone can like everything. For the thousands of A+ God of War reviews, there will naturally be exceptions who give it an F.

You're obviously in the minority, but the masses enjoy this type of thing. And we respect your opinion as the rest of us wait in much anticipation for ND's next masterpiece. :-)
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BitbyDeath  +   1248d ago
She reminds me of the young girl from Zombieland.
sdplisken  +   1248d ago
this game is my most wanted right after ground zeroes
the naughty dog logo sold me on the game
Dazel  +   1248d ago
If you wanna play a game that gives you the truest form of fear...

Play DayZ!
HmongAmerican  +   1248d ago
For me Dead Space is the best horror game that actually scared me the first time I've played. I hope The Last Of Us do the same, keep me on the edge of my seat.
tigertron  +   1248d ago
I do hope ND shows us a video featuring the "infected" soon. I know we've seen them briefly but I'd like to see a demo with them in.
CDzNutts  +   1248d ago
The only thing I'm hoping for in this game is that there is exploration.

No I DO NOT want a sandbox. Grand Theft Uncharted is not what I'm asking for. But several paths rather than just one, in wide open areas is my greatest wish.

I'm already happy that the enemy AI looks to not be scripted. Keep it coming, ND!
darkvenom  +   1248d ago
Lol! at all the haters,can't wait for this game.
GamerElite  +   1248d ago
Link is broken
HiddenMission  +   1248d ago
The link works fine I just used it.
GamerElite  +   1248d ago
it says-could not find
MultiConsoleGamer  +   1248d ago
This title has GOTY written all over it.

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