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The Last of Us could have one of the best multiplayer modes in years

PSU.com writes:

"Earlier this week, developer Naughty Dog confirmed that its upcoming post-apocalyptic romp The Last of Us would feature a multiplayer mode of some description. This was met with some trepidation from gamers, as the subject of multiplayer being shoe-horned into a largely single-player experience has been a highly contentious issue for the last few years. Just look at Dead Space 2, Mass Effect 3 and Assassin’s Creed and you’ll see what we’re talking about."

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Jinkies1316d ago (Edited 1316d ago )

It wouldn't matter anyway, it's the single player people care about and thats what it will be known for.

"Uncharted 2 and 3 are a testament to how the studio is able to craft a thrilling campaign and supplement the action with a compelling multiplayer. We think the same case will definitely apply for The Last of Us."

With Uncharted 2 it worked because it was simple and fun yet they didn't work on it much meaning hardly no resources were wasted on multiplayer which could of been used on the single player game, hell they actually threw it in the game because they were FINISHED with the game and had some time left, with U2 they made a basic multiplayer and it worked. With Uncharted 3 however they went overboard and they felt they had to compete with the "big boys" aka COD which then lead to them giving the online COD like gimmicks like every other multiplayer game these days and it took away resources from the single player because they worked on it at the same time...come on Uncharted 3 was amazing but the story especialy character development was no where near as good as Uncharted 2 and I think it's pretty obvious that the multiplayer was the problem, they spent too much time on it instead of just tweaking what they had with Uncharted 2, all they had to do was take U2 before the 1.5 update, put it in Uncharted 2, add some new weapons or reskin the old ones and then add then customization.

It's why I hope they just make it like Uncharted 2 again so they can work on the single player more.

Besides Uncharted 2 it worked because multiplayer fitted that type of game. With TLOU being this survival type game, where resources are limited, it's not the type of game to have multiplayer. A few co-op missions fair enough but at least add an AI so single player gamers can play through it by themselfs.

Skips1316d ago (Edited 1316d ago )

For me it's

MP U2 > U3
Coop U3 > U2

I'm sure some of the team from U3 is helping TLOU team out so the MP won't detract too much from SP. I also wouldn't mind seeing The Last Of Us with COOP. But with separate missions like Uncharted,

Jacobster1316d ago

Yeah I lost interest in UC3 much quicker than UC2. I remember playing survival mode (another thing that irritated me you couldn't just pick this mode) and you'd have no lives so once you were dead that was it! I miss being told how many headshots I could get with the FAL too! The overall experience of this multiplayer really ticks me off because you can feel that another team made this and I think they don't represent what the brand was about. End of rant ha!

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1316d ago

Calling it now. TLOU gets goty at next vga just before ps4 launch. Also a sony game reveal at vga.

sdozzo1316d ago

It's not fair to say that the story suffers because the multiplayer was better. How they allocate resources is up to them and might not reflect why one part is good or bad.

Awesome_Gamer1316d ago

I'm sure i'm in the minority this gen, but I don't give a crap about the multiplayer portion of any game, I'm singleplayer-only gamer. Naughty Dog is an amazing developer so i'm pretty sure the singleplayer won't be affected by the inclusion of MP. The Last of Us will be amazing, don't worry people.

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Jacobster1316d ago

I totally agree with you on the UC2 multiplayer! I think the multiplayer was actually more challenging, more enjoyable and more of a visceral experience. Just look at the character models and other gimmicks they threw in just to gain more cash. I guess this is the way game companies think and will continue to do business.

I am looking forward to the Last of Us and I hope the multiplayer is co-op based :)

Jinkies1316d ago

I think it was more challenging because skill played a big factor in it

In Uncharted 3 it's more about "What kind of high lv weapons have you unlocked", "My kickback is better then yours" or at the end of the day plain luck because of the use of gimmicks in the match.

I've been more killed in U3 because of people spraying from the hip then in U2 where people used to actually use the cover and tried to hide so they could surprize you later.

They've added a classic like mode in U3 and it's better then anything thats in U3. It's too late though now, my interest is completely gone from the game they should of had that mode in it from the start.

jimbobwahey1316d ago

How could the multiplayer in Uncharted 3 take resources away from crafting the story and character development? I don't think you understand how game development works at all. You don't have writers who just suddenly decide that they're going to work on multiplayer...

Besides, ND have gone on record as stating that they had to rewrite the story quite late into development because one of the voice actors (Cutter) had to leave the project early for filming The Hobbit. That's the type of thing that has an impact on the story and character development of a game, not multiplayer.

sdozzo1316d ago

The first paragraph is a perfect response.

FanMan1316d ago

just because TLoU is adding multiplayer it doesnt mean its going to be a COD fragfest. for all we know the multiplayer is a 5v2 survival mode with zombies thrown in.

Tetsujin1316d ago

I hope to hell there's no MP trophies; I can't stand people who join online, get dinged, then leave mid match/game to get another one. I also don't like how some games lose popularity or even shut their servers down and if someone was working on their plat they're SOL.

ratcop221316d ago

They have a complete different people work on multiplayer. No resources are ever wsted. So shut it.

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Reborn1316d ago (Edited 1316d ago )

Didnt UC have MP because ND had two teams working on the game? Meaning, they were able to do it, without compromise?

I'm not sure though (kinda a question).

Ezz20131316d ago

i don't care about the MP
i'm buying the last of us DAY 1 because the story
the multiplayer is just a bonus

JasonKCK1315d ago

agree story over mp any day

Tctczach1316d ago (Edited 1316d ago )

Loved U:2&3 but the multiplayer was meh. I played the multiplayer for about 2 days then dropped it.

yesmynameissumo1316d ago (Edited 1316d ago )

For me, I am interested in The Last of Us for the single player experience. Obviously, it's why I'm buying the game (pre-ordered on Amazon). The thought of a potential infected vs survivors MP game is exciting. It already appears as though the SP portion has and is getting plenty of development love, so why not make an MP mode? Look at the GoW beta. People seem to genuinely enjoy it.

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