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The Last of Us: AI so good you’ll weep when you kill it

We speak with one of the Lead Gameplay Programmers for Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us about the next generation of AI, and how it could change the way you think about shooters. (PS3, The Last Of Us)

The_Infected  +   1145d ago
Other than graphics I think AI is a very important aspect. Great job making it so good Naughty Dog.
Freak of Nature  +   1145d ago
It is one of the primary aspect's for games IMO. Poor A.I. can be devastating to a game. If you have great eye candy, indepth original gameplay, and then A.I> is shoddy, well all is spoiled...

From what I have seen the NPC's in TLOU really react well to your behavior, they respond to your actions seamlessly in fact as good as I can recall seeing in any game thus far...

Whew, I wish this game was out now...
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MikeMyers  +   1145d ago
This game keeps sounding better and better. Can't wait.
crxss  +   1145d ago
i really hope this game will be amazing. lets hope it doesn't turn out to be disappointing with all this hype
Septic  +   1144d ago
AI has been criminally overlooked in comparison to other departments like visuals or physics etc this generation.

I'm extremely excited about what ND will achieve with TLOU. It really looks like they are going to set a new standard here. Here's hoping.
Bimkoblerutso  +   1144d ago
^ I half agree, because in reality I don't think physics have come all that far either. Most developers are STILL using the floaty, unrealistic ragdoll physics of the Havok engine, an engine that was first implemented about eight or nine years ago. I mean yeah, you got engines like Euphoria and PhysX which seem to be making incremental strides, but one friggin uses them. They either use Havok or some proprietary engine that seems to mimic Havok.

It's really been ALL about the graphical fidelity this generation.
inveni0  +   1144d ago
AI is definitely important. In fact, it's as important as graphics and physics and gameplay, and is a keystone in what makes great games...great.
srcBFMVBMTH  +   1145d ago


"you’ll weep when you kill it"
Killing someone like that who was just so helpless, felt awesome and sad at the same time. haha

Sorta reminds me of all the death scenes in God of War 3. What made those deaths powerful IMO was the voice acting however.
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TheSaint  +   1145d ago
Thanks Mr obvious.
AO1JMM  +   1145d ago
I think the game will be fantastic but I seriously doubt I will be amazed by the AI.
IWentBrokeForGaming  +   1145d ago
Just the gameplay previews showed me enough to know that the AI is better than 98% of console games I've played this gen!
rezzah  +   1145d ago
Some of the best AI I ever came across are in KZ2 and Fear 1 and 2.
Trenta27  +   1145d ago
There were very few enemies in those videos. They need to show us video of many enemies in a small place, like 10 or more.
AO1JMM  +   1145d ago
LOL, So you all think I will be amazed?
Plagasx  +   1145d ago
Lets not forget Halo :)
NoFanboyRequired  +   1144d ago
People seem to forget how good the AI is in Halo. Halo 4 is just going to make it even better.

The AI alone on normal is harder than any other halo game. Could imagine what it will be like on lgendary. -_-

But on topic. I haven't really been paying attention to TLoU for spoiler reasons. Big uncharted fan and cant wait to play ND's next great masterpiece! :D
BitbyDeath  +   1145d ago
ND should seriously consider making game engines for 3rd parties nextgen.
Just_The_Truth  +   1145d ago
They're owned by Sony.
No FanS Land  +   1145d ago
then sony could make an engine and license it out to 3rd party companies and shake UE3's marketshare.
jd666  +   1145d ago
Why should they when Microsoft do all they can to make sure 360 has exclusive content, If u want to play a Naughty Dog game, BUY A PS3 I say
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1145d ago
I'm not sure how they do this stuff...but I love them for it.
r21  +   1145d ago
Man, this new AI frightens me abit....Sounds radically different compared to other AI's I've faced.
colonel179  +   1145d ago
Well that is a good thing. It means that this game will feel fresh and exciting. It will be a completely new experience while playing it.

Something you don't find easily anymore.
r21  +   1145d ago
That's what Im hoping to get when I play TLOU :) ND hasnt let me down yet!
NastyLeftHook0  +   1145d ago
telekineticmantis  +   1145d ago
I think this guy was
Absolutely wrong about the Combat system for Uncharted, you always have to stay on the move. I remember the train scene from Uncharted, I ended up wall crawling on the side of the train waiting to catch enemies when they are not looking, I would then grab them and pull them out the train, unless there was 2 of them, then I have to find another way. I continued that kind of trend attacking them from many different angles.

That must have been one of the most exciting play throughs in Uncharted and videogame history, I wish I got that on tape.

As for the last of Us, I wanted a game that makes a hand gun as powerful as it seems in TLOU. Not everybody walks around with a AK47, and those rifles make handguns seem like BB guns, this game has a nice realism to it.
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ChunkyLover53  +   1145d ago
I look forward to weeping then!
Just_The_Truth  +   1145d ago
I hope they make it multi player it'd be fun to play with my gf as Ellie, she loved Uncharted. Multiplayer online would be great too.
XB1_PS4  +   1145d ago
Holy crap, I live in pittsburgh. This is based in pittsburgh. This is gonna make me buy a ps3. ^.^
Alcohog  +   1144d ago
Pittsburgh is one of the environments. It is a journey across a portion of the U.S.
ZeekQuattro  +   1145d ago
There is too much happening this year otherwise I would pick up this game. I will differently get it sometime next year though.
Bumpmapping  +   1145d ago
It's not coming out this year sometime in 2013.
ZeekQuattro  +   1145d ago
Whoops. Well it works out then. lol
Pintheshadows  +   1145d ago
It doesn't come out until next year.

Bumpmapping beat me.
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FanMan  +   1145d ago
even if it was this year, how can you pass this up !!!? 0_0
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smashcrashbash  +   1145d ago
I saw when the guy held you in place so his friends could shoot at you through the window or when the guy ran off and hid somewhere when he saw you with a gun and mounted a surprise Molotov attack on you when you came looking for him. This AI is awesome.
ZeekQuattro  +   1145d ago
It was pretty cool but it felt scripted much like any other environmental hazard in a ND game. Lets not over hype the A.I. That being said the game is awesome.
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Pintheshadows  +   1145d ago
Not this 'it felt scripted' crap again. I thought that had been put to rest after the second gameplay demo was released.
BitbyDeath  +   1145d ago
Define scripted?
Obviously everything has to be scripted/developed or it wouldn't exist. Same goes for real life, people are scripted in how they operate. Your brain is pretty much just a complex computer.

ND have shown the same scene in two different ways so it is obviously not linear scripting if that's what you mean. IE same thing occurs everytime.
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srcBFMVBMTH  +   1145d ago
It "FELT" scripted because it felt so real.

Nobody's over hyping anything dude, but I do see a lot of people trying to downplay it. lmao

Even Hideo Kojima himself confirmed it wasn't scripted and was even confused by Naughty Dog's tech.

Try and keep updated buddy! :)
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Bathyj  +   1145d ago
The graphics, story and acting all looks brilliant, but the AI is the reason I'm really excited about this game as I feel its been the most neglected area of game design with barely any progress made this gen.

LoU looks head and shoulders above every other game either out already or still in developement.

It will never happen but I would love Sony to buy the rights for Tenchu and have ND apply that magic to that franchise.

I can dream cant I?
dafegamer  +   1144d ago
yeah I would love that too *boner*
smashcrashbash  +   1145d ago
Are you guys kidding? No one ever lets anything rest. People are going to say that the gameplay is scripted from now til the game comes out and even if there is 100% proof that it isn't scripted people will STILL say it even years later and try to prove anyone who says it isn't wrong. To this day people STILL try to prove that UC2 was not a good game even after all the awards, scores and claims. In fact if PASBR ends up being a great game prepare yourself for about ten years of calling it a clone and a rip off and trying to prove how wrong everyone was about it being a good game especially if we get a sequel.
TCG_Returns  +   1145d ago
This is something i've been waiting for for years now.AI has sorely needed a leaping step forward.

Not to say AI was better when i was younger, but they seemed to have more personality, more humanity so to speak.

Games nowadays..

It's almost scary how immune i've become to artificial life.GTA for example, the pedestrians mean nothing to me.They are simply obstacles in my way.All FPS shooters are even worse.I'm just murdering hundreds of AI's with no emotions.No second thoughts, nothing.

AI needs more emotions.TLOU is giving them just that.Making them more human.Not just angrily rushing at you and trying to kill you.

The way the guy in that video ran for his life when his friend was killed.Hiding behind the luggage, terrified.That was special.That is whats going to make me think about my choices should i choose to chase him.

Good on ND pushing the boundaries once again.
Holeran  +   1145d ago
If anyone can do it.....
Drainage  +   1145d ago
yea i doubt it
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SOULJER  +   1145d ago
Looking forward to this game. By the way in Naughty dog is first party developer.
Baddo_Ekkusuchi  +   1145d ago
pre-ordered this game through newegg last week for for $47!!
along with God of War:A, Beyond 2 Souls, Bioshock Infinite, Xcom, Playstation Allstars, and Assassin's Creed 3 all for $47 a pop! gotta love newegg
bubblebeam  +   1145d ago
Nice. Very subtle advertising there lol. Cryptic. /s

Joking. Might check it out. Though it did sound like MASSIVE advertising lol ;)
MacDonagh  +   1145d ago

I think I'll wait until I play the game before I jump on this hype train.
Alcohog  +   1144d ago
Oh, you.
Sugreev2001  +   1144d ago
Can't wait to play it ! ND's games have always amazed me.
sdplisken  +   1144d ago
cant wait 4 this game!
crash, jak, uncharted, and now the last of us!
naughty dog rules!!!!!!!
Nac  +   1144d ago
Seems like the AI is second to none.

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