Naughty Dog feared The Last of Us would 'review poorly'

Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann once feared that The Last of Us would "review poorly", and was unsure about how well it would be received by consumers.

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allformats1871d ago (Edited 1871d ago )

Thank God it didn't. Besides, reviews had no choice, what else could they have done but rate this epic highly.

Forget the rubbish Polygon interview. They're Xbox fanboys over there, and their review was utter trash - and they knew it.

MasterCornholio1871d ago

I remember the comments from Xbox fans when they saw the review from polygon and then they were severely owned by edge (correct me if I'm wrong) when they gave the game a perfect score.

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adorie1870d ago

Damn right. Polygon are utter crap.

GraveLord1870d ago

The hell is up with your Motorola RAZR i thing? LOL...

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SillyYou1871d ago (Edited 1871d ago )

They have a good reason. They had not enough time (They wanted to add even more stuff, but Sony said said no), changed the game and its story a lot of times and had to make fast decisions. But they made everything right and perfect. The game is the definition of a mastepieces. If they are going for a TLOU 2 (i pray to the videogame god) they will hopefully have enough time to make the game they want. I think Sony has understood that these guys have never failed and wont.

Stsonic1871d ago (Edited 1871d ago )

Where did you get your info on them wanting more time?

The only part of the story I thought was cut short was after the sam and henry saga.

SillyYou1871d ago (Edited 1871d ago )

From the AMA on reddit. They wanted to add stuff like Infected vs Non-infected vs Ellie and Joel fights as well as an improvement of the AI from Ellie. Which makes her stealth better, but at the same time visible for enemies. Also she excuses after the fight for messing up if she got detected and stuff.

GribbleGrunger1871d ago (Edited 1871d ago )

'They wanted to add more but Sony stopped them.'

It doesn't work like that. ND have a deadline they work to -- as does every other developer out there. You could argue it's still Sony because they set the deadline, which again would be wrong. All Sony developers have freedom of creativity, but they don't have infinite time. Sony would ask how long they think it will take and ND would provide them with that time frame. If it needs to go over, Sony are usually very good and don't mind 'some' delays. It has been well documented that deadlines are seen as a good thing for devs. They focus the team.

Edit: You also need to understand, NOTHING is ever finished to the satisfaction of the creator. A film, script, novel, painting, musical score or whatever, are the result of 100% effort and 100% pragmatism

@Sillyme: Did you read the edit?

Whether it's sad or not is entirely down to how you view content. Could we, or the devs, know whether the game would have been better received IF the content had been there? Perhaps it would have unbalanced the game or slowed the pacing too much.

I do understand where you are coming from though. Please don't take my post as if it's in some way criticising you ... What I'm doing is helping you come to terms with your grief for the loss of EVEN MORE TLOU.

*Wipes teary eyes*

SillyYou1871d ago (Edited 1871d ago )

Mh... yeah thats a good point, you are right.

TwistedMetal1870d ago

well said bubbles. this game is really good man. I cant wait to see what we are getting in the future from naughty dog.

itBourne1869d ago

I hope to no end its not sequels! Love Uncharted and love TLoU, but I love ND even more and they are far to talented to go into endless sequel mode with their two massive franchises.

dc11870d ago (Edited 1870d ago )

-It was multi player only.

With respect to the SP; the target was moved to the 2nd qtr of 2013.
ND themselves admitted that they had to make some early choices to get the game in before the PS4 launch window (this was always the strategic plan). Lastly I believe the game was in development for over 3 years.

FYI: Sony is largely applauded for the room they give dev teams and ND always has the time they need.


SnakeCQC1871d ago

360 users seemed to hate it lol

Valkyre1871d ago

lol epic comment...

Was hell of a funny thing to see though!

When the game was released and perfect scores were coming down like a storm and then users were calling it one of the best games they ever played, the comment section was so funny:

It was something like this:

2382038502 people saying it is a masterpiece and then a combo breaker by a butthurt dude that said something like "pff game is average... at best!"

lmao. :D

MasterCornholio1871d ago

They are just bitter from the last Gears of War game. Just cut them a little slack because they had to suffer a lot the past few years.

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gaelic_laoch1871d ago

Probably because of the "cannot read disk" message they got from inserting the disk over and over again!

TwistedMetal1870d ago

they are just mad. I don't know why though because they can just buy a ps3 and they can play the game as well and then we all can be happy lol. I just know one thing im getting the ps4 for sure so I don't miss out on naughty dogs next game

itBourne1869d ago

Or all of Sony's other awesome first parties. I cannot imagine missing out on Uncharted, TLOU, LBP, Heavy Rain, MLB the Show (omg 2k sucks), GoW, Infamous, and so many others. Hell I still play Hot Shots Golf and Fight Night Rnd3 (first person mode) to this day, both those are like 6 years old lol.

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Bathyj1871d ago

wow, that's the only time they've been off the mark

solidjun51870d ago

Lol. Maybe they thought every review would be like Polygon's review.

babis19741871d ago

just remember : Quarter to Three 6/10 , Polygon 7,5/10 , Riot Pixels 7,8/10 , Toronto Sun,GameSpot,GameFront,GameCri tics 8/10 , NowGamer,CD-Action 8,5/10 , 8 reviews under 9 and 87 reviews over 9/10. For me it's a pure 10 but this is the game of the year!

Valkyre1870d ago

and game has received over 240 perfect scores, most than any other game.

Even at metacritic, LOU is the game with the record of 42 perfect scores, most than any other game regardless of platform.

And guess what is the game with the second most perfect scores.... why... it is Uncharted 2 with 39! ;)

Bathyj1870d ago

developer of the generation, without a doubt. every game they've released on Ps3 has raised the bar and set the standard that most other devs have trailed behind.

babis19741870d ago

AVERYONE should play this rare game (over 15 in my opinion). I hope in gamescom the reveal of Uncharted 4 in PS4 and the dlc for the TLOU...

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