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The Last of Us: Single Player Campaign’s Length Revealed

During a video interview with Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer (Community Strategist for The Last Of Us) it was finally revealed how long the campaign will be in The Last of Us. (PS3, The Last Of Us)

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Nimblest-Assassin  +   522d ago | Well said
12-15 is a pretty good length for a single player game
Ezz2013  +   522d ago
and keep in mind it might take much more when you explore or go stealth or plan what you will do when you face humens or clickers because the enemy incredible dynamic AI or finding stuff and looking at the gfx etc

either way i always play very slow so i can enjoy the games as much as i can
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raytraceme  +   522d ago
I usually tend to play games faster but with games like uncharted I just can't help but play slow and just enjoy the environment when I can. Naughty Dog just keeps on giving 😄
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guitarded77  +   522d ago
Knowing Naughty Dog, they probably have a lot of trophies which add to the replay value too. The Uncharted series has all the weapons trophies and treasure trophies so you can't burn through it in one sitting.
jon1234  +   522d ago
cool, i play every game now on the highest difficulty on my first play throughs, that ll double the play through for me :)
toxic-inferno  +   521d ago
@ jon1234

I've just recently started doing the same thing. I think I've enjoyed Tomb Raider more as a direct result of playing on the more challenging difficulty.
inveni0  +   521d ago
I will play this game on Easy the first time through. I love just getting the story on Naughty Dog's games, first. Then, I go through on Hard. Then, I go through on Crushing.

It's my routine.
Razmossis  +   521d ago
Dev says 12-16 hours. So really it's about 8

Which = Rent
minimur12  +   521d ago
and remember itll also be awesome, so youll have to play it more than once
Zhipp  +   521d ago
That may be true for many devs, but I trust Naughty Dog.

I'm actually pretty excited for this. I didn't much care for Uncharted, but I'm pretty excited for this. Hopefully it lives up to expectations.
miyamoto  +   521d ago
Something tells me Tomb Raider's delay meant to copy some elements from TLOU and Uncharted 4.

And TLOU delay was done to address that copying.

I am calling it now.


its gonna take me 20 hours in this case.
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Derekvinyard13  +   522d ago
Good length
kickerz  +   521d ago
@derek "that's what she said" lol sorry had to say it
Conzul  +   522d ago
Yeah being short was pretty much the last possible thing the game could have done wrong.

I now have absolutely no doubts about this game....That's never happened to me before

camel_toad  +   522d ago
Sounds great to me. 12-15hrs probably translates to 20hrs for me.
Bathyj  +   522d ago
Me too. I never finish a game in the time they say they do it.

I dont know if its cos I sneak alot or cos theyre skipping cut scenes or what, but I always take at least 50% longer.
Freak of Nature  +   522d ago
I play on the hardest difficulty, and it takes me about two times as long as the estimated total playing times...So 25/30 or so hours for me. I recall Uncharted 2 took me about 25 hours on the highest difficulty, perhaps this will take even longer? I really hunt and scavenge. Take in all the game has to offer.
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SAE  +   521d ago
I play on hardest and finish the game in less then the time they mention. I try to do everything too.

Each Uncharted game i play take me less then 15 hours to platinum. I'm not complaining. Just saying how much i played them.
IMightBeRetarded  +   521d ago
That's nearly impossible to do. You have to beat the game twice to start with and that alone will take most people more than 20 hours then going through to get all of the collectibles it's really not possible.
SAE  +   521d ago
Thanks for disagreeing with me like if i was happy to complete them that fast -.- . You may not be able to but i can. People completed demon souls in 50 minutes and that game takes more then 50 hours to beat it and you say it's impossible to complete an easy game like uncharted in less then 15 hours. What ever makes you happy guys -.-. I'm wrong for saying this to you. I knew i would get disagrees >.<..
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BlmThug  +   522d ago
I take my time with videogames, never rush them and I always play on the highest difficulty for first time playthroughs so 20-24 hours for me :D perfect length
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j-blaze  +   522d ago
you know, devs say that a lot about their games, then when you play the game it's a different story
fsfsxii  +   522d ago
Here comes Jblaze with ND hate
a_squirrel  +   521d ago
Blazing a fire trail?
Old McGroin  +   521d ago
"12-15 is a pretty good length for a single player game"

Yeah, but that still means you'll be finished with it 2 days after you purchase it. Kinda disappointing. I finished Uncharted 2 a couple of days after I got it and I was crushed it was so short. Of course this is because the game was so good and I didn't want it to end. It's my fault really!
monkey nuts  +   521d ago
2 days? lol. Well if your the type of person who has other commitments in life like work and parental responsibilities then you'll probably be playing the game for a couple of weeks like me.
Damn, getting old happens way too fast.
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MikeMyers  +   521d ago
Now you know why they want to add some form of online mode to most games now. Over 12 hours is a good length and even better if it's the type of game you want to play over. That's the reason too why we see Trophies and achievements in games as well to try and make it more appealing for repeat plays.

This game looks excellent.
Old McGroin  +   521d ago
@ monkey nuts

Oh I have the commitments all right but my partner was away for the weekend so I just got lost in the marvel that is Uncharted 2 on the Saturday and Sunday! Remember, they're not grey hairs, just a mature blond :)

@ MikeMyers

"That's the reason too why we see Trophies and achievements in games as well to try and make it more appealing for repeat plays."

I never really felt like trophies and achievements added anything until I bought a Wii U. I finished every level in Mario U and even though I hadn't collected all the stars I just didn't feel like there was any reason to go back to it, still haven't. Maybe I'm a subconscious trophy whore and didn't know it!
MikeMyers  +   521d ago
Old McGroin,
"I never really felt like trophies and achievements added anything until I bought a Wii U. I finished every level in Mario U and even though I hadn't collected all the stars I just didn't feel like there was any reason to go back to it, still haven't. Maybe I'm a subconscious trophy whore and didn't know it!"

Lol, maybe I am as well. Some games have interesting ones while others you know they didn't take much time in. I tried on a few games to get them all but found out rather quickly how bad I am. At the arcades they had high scores and it was bragging rights, now you can show the whole world. I'm more interested in personal challenges that you can send to friends like I got a certain lap time on Gran Turismo now try and beat it. I can't be bothered trying to get something like a 24 hour marathon race in one sitting.

The whole collecting Trophies is mundane to me or trying to get the highest Achievement score. I like to think I have somewhat of a life to not be bothered.
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Andreex  +   521d ago
"hurry! everybody pretend that this is great news!"
r40k213  +   521d ago
That's a very good length for a single player game. Usually the only games with longer play times than that are RPGs.
JsonHenry  +   521d ago
Good to know. That is a decent amount of time for any single player game that isn't a GTA or Skyrim type of game.

I'll play stealthy like I did in Deus Ex and it will be a lot more fun and longer game I bet.
StrawberryDiesel420  +   521d ago
Ya, only problem is stealth trolls will claim the game can be beaten in less than 8 hours before it comes out. Some ass clown will perform a speed run and claim the game is super short.
kreate  +   521d ago
I wonder if they're going to compare this game to tomb raider ... both is for survival unlike before where uncharted is for treasure hunting.
mav805  +   521d ago
I never buy a game at full price that isn't at least 40 or 50 hours long. Even Uncharted, as fantastic as it is, I won't buy right away. I've made an exception for The Last of Us and pre-ordered it though, and playing on Hard the first time through I expect it to take 20+ hours.
solid_warlord  +   521d ago
i bet i can finish the game under 5 hrs
StrongMan  +   522d ago
Great length and remember the Naughty Godz always add great multi player too.

Day One!!!!
The_Infected  +   522d ago
I'm wondering when if ever they will show off the multiplayer.
ps3vita4life  +   522d ago
I'm guessing that Naughty Dog is waiting for the perfect time to reveal all the details on TLoU's multiplayer. After all, I assume that this is one of the only few main aspects left to reveal about this game. I could be wrong though so don't quote me on it.
insomnium2  +   522d ago
Just thinking about infected vs human survival matches in mp gives me goosebumps. Or human vs human if gameplay with infected is too hard to pull off.

Or then there could be human vs human and infected as bots thrown in there for excitement. Anyway the sp is the thing I'm mostly interested in anyway...
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itBourne  +   522d ago
Whaa? ND does not always add great mp, in fact their only good mp was Uncharted 2 on release. 1.05 added quicker deaths and uc3 mp went full force CoD bullshit.

None the less tho, mp doesnt matter because the sp is gonna be amazing. So pumped!
ArchangelMike  +   521d ago
Here's to hoping the TLoU demo (included in the GOD:Ascension) will be a multiplayer beta.

Please God, pleeeease...
ps3vita4life  +   522d ago
Sweet, perfect length imo! Plus, since I love to explore and scavenge the environment that can only add to the length. I know that this game encourages stealth and that usually results in playing slower as well. I said it once and I'll say it again, I can't wait till June 14th!!!!!
BitbyDeath  +   522d ago
Not dissing the length cause it sounds great but wasn't this meant to be ND's longest campaign ever? Or was that just a rumour?
Conzul  +   522d ago
According to the article, the 12-16 hour estimate is not considering exploration, sight-seeing, or scrounging. I'm sure a true fan will get 20 hours out of the first playthrough.
Fez  +   521d ago

I can just imagine you and Ezz2013 just staring at a door for hours... "Look at that oak...so real!"
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Ezz2013  +   522d ago
yeah, you are right they said that

12-16 hours would mean 20-25 hours if you play slow like me keep in mind it's wide linear so you will explore alot in the game
i will enjoy every minute of it
it's really good length
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KwietStorm  +   522d ago
Well what games have they made longer than 12-16 hours?
Bathyj  +   522d ago
Probably all the Jak games.

This sounds like the perfect length for a S.A.S.H.A
(Stealth Action Survival Horror Adventure).
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BitbyDeath  +   522d ago
Jak 2 is meant to be around 20+ hours.
fsfsxii  +   521d ago
Wow, new genre xD
plaZeHD  +   522d ago
I was expecting 20 hours, but since I am a completionist, we will see. Uncharted 2 on crushing took me about 20 hours to finish.
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KwietStorm  +   522d ago
20 really? The harder difficulties usually take me a handful of hours less than the first run.
Irishguy95  +   522d ago
20 for Uncharted 2? What did you just stand around oogoling for 8 hours?

Took me 12 and a half I believe on hard
badz149  +   522d ago
my 1st run on NORMAL in Uncharted 2
was 15H and shorter for CRUSHING but that's was because I skipped all the cutscenes and I knew the puzzles and where the enemies will show up already!
haggishurler  +   522d ago
Message me if you ever play Dark Souls.
TheOneEyedHound  +   521d ago
Do you skip cut scenes?
jakmckratos  +   522d ago
I always end up taking about twice as long than they say. Campaign legnth is never a problem for me...I just kinda wanna get it done most the time
Arai  +   522d ago
I just looked at the video on YT and noticed Dawn of the Wolf poster in the game.

Upon research I noticed the domain is registered to a Eric Hayashi (Sony America LLC).
I wonder if it's a new game from Naughty Dog....someone should research it.

Ezz2013  +   522d ago
it could be, remember the last of us easter egg was found in uncharted 3 ...so you might be into something here
when i saw it i thought they were making fun of twilight movie

a werewolf game by ND ?! ...yeah i would like that
TrevorPhillips  +   522d ago
I will play this game over and over because it looks so awesome and it's by my favorite company ND. Shout out to Amy Hennig :)
nigelp520  +   522d ago
good im sick of this buy a game for $60 for 5-8 hour story crap
Conzul  +   522d ago
Remember The Force Unleashed 2? $60 for 2 hours lol
nigelp520  +   519d ago
seriously lol
TuxedoMoon  +   522d ago
That's fairly good, especially if you start including all the extra stuff to do. it should double that playtime.
ninjahunter  +   522d ago
Praise the naughty dog overlords!
YourGreatUncle  +   522d ago
Good length for a game like this. GoW: Ascensions length really disappointed me.
Relientk77  +   522d ago
Can't wait for this game
r21  +   522d ago
12-16 hours is good :D Not too long, not too short.
porkChop  +   522d ago
12 to 15 hours. That's surprising. They said this was their longest campaign ever, but that's the same length as Uncharted. Jak II was about 20 hours just for the main story, and that's not including any side content/exploration.

Still, it's a good length and I'm happy with it. Just a bit disappointing because it's nowhere near their longest campaign like they claimed.
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HorrorGod  +   522d ago
You could beat Jak II in 12+ hours if you knew what you were going (speed run)

So, who knows, maybe they are saying 12-16 hours because they know what to do/where to go. Might end up being 20+ if you're taking your time and exploring. We'll see. Either way, I'm happy with that estimated length.
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ferelinstincts  +   522d ago
The same thing was said about Tomb Raider's campaign and look how that turned out.

Granted, there is the possibility that this game is in fact 12-15 hours long and I would really like it if it was that long but story lengths are rarely as long as developers or reviewers claim them to be (player skill is a factor to that) so I'm gonna take this with a grain of salt...
ufo8mycat  +   522d ago
As they usually exaggerate game length, would take about 4 hours off that. So 8 hours, which is about right for most games today.

Of course you could ARTIFICIALLY make it longer by playing on the hardest difficulty first.

Quality > Quantity
ahm  +   522d ago
Sound`s good
cyclindk  +   522d ago
Ha! Length is meaningless almost if you've got AI in the game even half as good as it looks! You could play it over and over and take all those enmies out or sneak past in so many different ways!!

Maybe some see you, maybe you take out a few, maybe what's her face chips in here or there or she gets in trouble and you save her or "clickers" pop in between you and the other human enemies.

Lets hope that AI lives up to the demos.
ErazorDJ  +   522d ago
12-15h developer = 8-9h gamer
Monstar  +   522d ago
a_squirrel  +   521d ago
What're you guys smoking?
Monstar  +   522d ago
Tomb raider has already made the gameplay obsolete.
cleverusername  +   522d ago
You had 2 opportunities to say something and that's the best you could come up with? (If you'd just edited your 1st comment you'd be able to reply to this)
PirateThom  +   521d ago
Uncharchick? Ha.
isa_scout  +   522d ago
I have no problem with the length of the game, but I will say that when Naughty Dog said this would be their longest campaign yet I was expecting a lot more than 12-16 hours. Somewhere around 20-25 is what I was expecting... How is this longer than any of the Uncharted games?
DivineAssault  +   522d ago
fair enough.. Hopefully theres great replay value to find hidden secrets
SephirothX21  +   522d ago
A little disappointed. Expected over 20 hours since they said it is the longest campaign they've done. It will have great replay value though.
johnsonbat  +   522d ago
Mmmmmm nice length.
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Moac  +   521d ago
I got my pre-ordered:D
Traded in two games and got last of us for just 10Euro,
Traded in; new Super Mario for DS and Skyrim for ps3.

This will be amongst the last games I am buying for Ps3, since the Ps4 will come out at years end :D
a great final HURRAH .
dafegamer  +   521d ago
thats a great length
Tommymk2  +   521d ago
Good length, wish more developers would focus on great single player campaigns like this, instead of multiplayer.
inFAMOUS_KRATOS  +   521d ago
this game will be the last nail to my ps3® coffin.

sad to say but i think this game proves there is more to the ps3 then what we know......

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