Submitted by Prcko 625d ago | news

The Last of Us' flamethrower is powerful because Naughty Dog ran out of time

For the most part, The Last of Us is meticulously balanced to keep resources scarce and build tension. Some of that tension goes away when you find the flamethrower, which toasts zombies with relative ease. Why include such a powerful weapon? Apparently, Naughty Dog ran out of time. (PS3, The Last Of Us)

dboyc310  +   625d ago
It is over powered but the ammo runs out quick and is pretty scarce. Its best to use it wisely. *last face off with all the infected, clickers and bloaters under the highway*
Lovable  +   625d ago
Or stealth the whole area without killing anything.


You don't need to be gaming god to do that. It's nerve wracking for sure having two big mamas just a few inches away from you, but man was it satisfying getting pass that section.
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GraveLord  +   625d ago
Unfortunately many of us aren't gaming gods.
RytGear  +   625d ago
It wasnt all THAT difficult and I played on Hard for my first playthrough. I am seriously not looking forward to that area on survivor though, or that goddamn basement generator! That part ALWAYS scares the living shit out of me.
ziggurcat  +   625d ago
@ RytGear

it's no more difficult on survivor than it is on hard.

also, basement generator: as soon as you turn it on, run for the door, and avoid the enemies.
MonChiChi  +   625d ago
threw a couple bottles, and I was on my way.
KUV1977  +   625d ago
I thought that section was super-easy, even in survivor... if you didn't waste your molotovs before that is. Just throw a bottle to one of the bloaters when the other is near and have them gather in one spot. Throw 2 molotovs and you're good to go without any real risk.
mt  +   625d ago
I have phobia in games like the last of us, I don't feel comfortable till I kill every last one of them.
Nuggie  +   625d ago
Did everyone just kill all the infected there? I just sneaked past them. I went down that hallway with the runners and killed them all with a crossbow, then I threw a bottle to get the one clicker and runner out of the way and crouched to the other side of the highway. Then I killed the clicker and the runner blocking my path to the bus with a crossbow, boosted Ellie up, and she pulled me up and that was that.
BeardedPriest  +   625d ago
Its just a Bow and arrows. Not a crossbow with bolts. Just letting you know. A crossbow was the thing you find in Uncharted 2.
Cam977  +   625d ago
I tackled that section by using guerrilla tactics to kill them all. I threw bottles, choked them all out and got them all on Hard mode with ease and no scratches were taken. I stayed stealthy too.
Dark_Vendetta  +   625d ago
I played the game on normal and never ran out of flamethrower ammo because you got new ammo most of the time (well of course not always, but it was pretty frequently) when you killed an infected with it.
The weapon is waaay to powerful especially on that scene under the highway. First I thought about being stealthy, but seriously the FT makes it so easy. Just one fire burst is enough to kill one of those big guys.
Actually how effective is the weapon against human soldiers? Never really tried it
sprinterboy  +   625d ago
You can stealth that part without being noticed on survivor plus
Lord_Sloth  +   625d ago
I only really use it against Bloaters.
kingmushroom  +   625d ago
i stealth mode under the high way like a boss, no need to use any weapon.
lilbrat23  +   625d ago
I wish I could have kept this weapon when replaying it. :-/
RedSoakedSponge  +   625d ago
well it definitely isnt the case in multiplayer lol.
Lovable  +   625d ago
Wahahahaha yeah. It's terrible in MP specially with the points you need to equip it.
RedSoakedSponge  +   625d ago
really? i got a disagree? please teach us all your l33t skills mr phantom disagreer lol.
DarkBlood  +   625d ago
eh i wouldnt put too much emphasis on disagrees its not a political thing where it effects values lol
Knushwood Butt  +   625d ago
I haven't used it in MP myself but I did see someone use it to wipe out at least 3 members of my team (myself included) in a confined space...

It was probably one of those, '1 in 1000', moments though.
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Kiddcarter  +   625d ago
I have a load out with the flamethrower in it and what you described is definitely a once in a blue-moon moment.
Williamson  +   625d ago
SPOILERS*** Last time I used the flamethrower was on 2 of the doctors during then end...yes I know im evil.
Cam977  +   625d ago
I saw him pull out a knife so just spilled his brain all over the floor. I was PO'd from the part beforehand and furious at what they'd done to Ellie so wasn't in the mood for anymore resistance. That was the accumulation of anger and hate. He deserved that revolver bullet that sits firmly in the wall right now.

That felt really good.
HammadTheBeast  +   625d ago
Your only a real monster if you kill the other one not doing anything lol.
Ezz2013  +   625d ago
i killed them all in my first playthrough
so that make me a monster :)
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CrisisOne  +   625d ago
I killed all three of them....after i realized i killed two perfectly good doctors the world may need...oops.
DigitalRaptor  +   625d ago
I don't know how anyone could have killed all 3 for a good reason.

The first surgeon threatened you with a knife, and so was a risk that could not be avoided easily. The other two were just sat/stood against the wall trembling for their lives. What the hell? Maybe they were all bad people though.

There are so many grey areas in this game as far as characters, their history and their intentions go, even for those people we don't even know, such as the hunters and infected. The hunters might have been evil, but they also were just trying to survive. The clickers had no choice in the matter, the fungus told their brains to kill. You can see the runners' struggle, as they are slowly losing their humanity. They see you as a threat, not because they're evil.

I know i'm getting off point, but I love discussing it almost as much as I love playing it.
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kingmushroom  +   625d ago
y U so evil bro o_O ?
MrDead  +   625d ago
Ever throw a mushroom in the fire, it burns pretty quick. I would say the flamethrower is quite true to life.
Hufandpuf  +   625d ago
yes, but this is a game.
MrDead  +   625d ago
True, I guess the only way we can get an answer for this predicament is to find every game with cookable or burnable CG fungi and record the time it takes to burn. Then with our recorded data we could find and average fungi burn time and see if it's comparable to TLOU flamethrower.

I'm drawing the graphs though, I just got me a 4 colour biro and I'm itching to use it.

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Tei777  +   625d ago
And it works well in context of the game. You don't get it till near the and there are still plenty of situation where it can be used, like when guys are shooting you from afar.
kingmushroom  +   625d ago
How could you !!!! you monster!!!
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MrDead  +   625d ago
Hang on..... you could sort out this entire issue!

How long would you take to burn kingmushroom, has TLOU got it right?
kingmushroom  +   625d ago
yes the last of us has it very right, the living are the real monster, lol.
Cam977  +   625d ago
I've just imagined Dark Souls' baby mushrooms on fire wiggling around.
Jury  +   625d ago
I've rarely seen it in multiplayer. Nice to have in single player.
Ripsta7th  +   625d ago
I thought it was powerful but the range sucked, you had to be like right in front of your enemy for it to kill. So its even in my opinion
KwietStorm  +   625d ago
Thought it was powerful because it's a flamethrower.
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Inception  +   625d ago
I used flamethrower in mp. It's good to kill two or three enemies in one shoot if you know the right timing. But if you don't, than flamethrower is preety useless in mp.
ginsunuva  +   625d ago
I never got to use the flamethower..
I was saving it and then the game ended. DAMN!

Just like every awesome gun in every game. I keep saving them in hope of some super hard battle at the end, but it seems modern games don't do that anymore. They just end.
CYBERHATER  +   625d ago
I don't seem to understand why people say fire is overpowered. I mean are you not suppose to burn when it hits you in real life? And since video games are reflections of life shouldn't it do the same in the game? Why is it that folks feel like they should be able to run through it like Gears of War just to get off a gnasher shot? I just don't get some of the complaining these days.
DarkBlood  +   625d ago
Because you play games to escape reality no? lol
CYBERHATER  +   625d ago
But everyone talks about making games realistic. So which one is it? fake or real? Whatever it is, I just wish people would make up there ##$%@% minds lol!
kingmushroom  +   625d ago
no I'm supose to sparkle like nyan cat
InsaneGam3r  +   624d ago
Yeah the game was rushed.
KwietStorm  +   624d ago
ghostrider32  +   623d ago
Anything that can shoot flames up to 800 to 1,200 degrees is supposed to be overpowered.
TheGrimReaper0011  +   622d ago
doesnt matter on survivor mode though
I just finished it on survivor mode (yay!) and only got to use it 3 times
For the rest of the game, i didnt find ANY ammo
God, i still hate that last fight
So fuckin hard ......... until i realise you can just sneak past everyone!!
Not in the last hall, but before that? You can skip all the fighting!! I was dieing over and over, again and again and when i took my time it worked
Just thought i'd let you know for anyone playing this game on survivor

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