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No Multiplayer in The Last of Us, Naughty Dog's First M-Rated Title

Following the announcement of Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3 exclusive, The Last of Us, questions arose whether the game would be a single-player only affair or it would sport a multiplayer feature - presumably an online multiplayer component. (Naughty Dog, PS3, The Last Of Us)

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deadpool19  +   1525d ago
F*** yes. This is amazing news, I remember someone on N4G saying hopefully this is a Mature rated game. Also, single-player only. Awesome.
jony_dols  +   1525d ago
Dead right. Co-op destroys any of the fear factor in survival-horror games. They are supposed to be scary & build suspense, that's the reason why Dead Space (& to a lesser extent, Alan Wake) was such a success this gen.

And one of the many reasons why Resident Evil 5 didn't live up to gamers expectations.
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iChii  +   1524d ago
Hell yeah. I hope they make the game extra long like Jak 3. I spent more than 100 hours in Jak 3 and it has no MP so I won't doubt this game. <3 (Pfft, like I'd doubt anything from Naughty Dog.)
ryhanon  +   1524d ago
hah, I came into the comments here to lament the lack of co-op, but when I read your comment I thought to myself "actually damn, he's right."
vickers500  +   1524d ago
Glad they aren't adding multiplayer to this. Naughty Dog haven't quite got the hang of creating a great and well balanced multiplayer mode just quite yet.

They should just stick with what they're good at, singleplayer.
mafiahajeri  +   1524d ago
So by your logic TLOU is going to be dissapointing right? You obviously forgot the little girl thats going to be following you around everywhere. Your probably going to escorting her around and everything. You guys dont want co-op but theres 2 main characters (So dont expect Dead space scary) and I dont see the difference between AI and a friend or random person. If anything it would be scarier with a friend. Even if its a strictly linear experience who said that you have to be together in a co-op game you can split up or one of the characters could get stranded somewhere and you guys would have to meet up somewhere but this time you would be ALONE facing different challenges. Now that would be scary where you were so dependent on uour friend only to find yourself all ALONE! :D
iNcRiMiNaTi  +   1524d ago
They better stick to it if there are any sequels. Uncharted didn't have MP but then they added it in UC2
RedDragan  +   1524d ago

In this game you are the little girl. They said the story revolves around her, the big bad guy is the one who is doing the following.

It also explains this in a subtle way in the trailer itself, she was never out of scene... but the hard dude was. He was upstairs fighting and it was her when she was downstairs the camera was focused on nearly all times.
Darkfiber  +   1524d ago
I doubt it will be more than 6-8 hours, and it doesn't look the least bit scary...I don't know what trailer you were watching.
antz1104  +   1524d ago
I like it a lot but can't help that multi (if done right) adds quite a bit to a game. Dead Space and Alan Wake were great....but L4D is still the one I play because of a great multi component.
Micro_Sony  +   1525d ago
I agree with no multiplayer needed when its being tacked on but when done right it adds value to your $60 purchase.

Here is hoping for a 2 or more player co-op in single player.

Also please do not let this be a Move only game. If its optional then that fine.
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Rainstorm81  +   1525d ago
Lmao @ a Move only game

Yeah not likely
Pintheshadows  +   1525d ago
Co-op + Survival horror = Mistake.
tubers  +   1524d ago
I would love 2 player co-op.

I remember having one of my best console gaming moments with Obscure: Aftermath in split screen.

My friend and I kept laughing, shouting, getting shocked and solving puzzles with that!

Ah.. I wish it had co-op.
WitWolfy  +   1524d ago
Dude call me a fanboy but ANYTHING ND touches turns to gold,so.... THIS IS A DAY ONE PURCHASE FOR ME!
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dboyc310  +   1525d ago
That's great news :) now all their focus will be in creating a very character driven story. This will be like I Am Legend which isn't a bad thing because in that movie will smith had to use many tactics to stay alive. Hopefully we at least get co-op many people may think that it detracts from the survival/horror aspect but in reality it doesn't. The factor that creates that mood IMO is just the environment and the creatures your dealing with. For example, many like mentioning RE5 which wasn't a horror game and why because you did a lot of the gunning in bright sunlight and the environment you were in wasn't all that frighting plus you had the zombies with guns and cars -__-
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beavis4play  +   1524d ago
what is it with "i am legend"??
this doesn't seem like that as much as it seems like "stakeland" -
for example - the survival tactics are in stakeland (i hope last of us has the player trapping the creatures like in the movie!). mutated creatures - in stakeland. human enemies - in stakeland. middle-aged lead character with teen protege - ALSO in stakeland. limited ammo/supplies - also in stakeland.

doesn't anyone watch other movies besides "i am legend"???
antz1104  +   1524d ago
^ Dude this is totally I Am Legend. Stakeland was a great movie but this definately feels more like the latter.
xXxSeTTriPxXx  +   1525d ago
the trailer alone should have told you the game was m rated.
Rainstorm81  +   1525d ago
Great News on aiming for a M rating.... My hopes have been answered and this may be the next great survival horror game, the genre has been on life support other than Dead Space....Silent Hill and RE have been disappointments this gen

AW: American Horror looks pretty good too
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GraveLord  +   1525d ago
How is single-player only, good news?
Multiplayer is always welcome. Uncharted 2 and 3 multiplayer is solid.
GribbleGrunger  +   1525d ago
clearly your not a child of this industry. anyone who has lived through all the generation will answer that question for you
Bathyj  +   1524d ago
Mp gamers are well catered to. They dont have to have everything.

Why shoehorn an MP element that doesnt fit and steals resources (eg time and money).

Some games are just better off as single player.
MysticStrummer  +   1524d ago
Yeah, because we need some tension killing co-op in a survival horror game, or maybe some competitive multiplayer that makes no sense for a game with this title and premise. Maybe some Capture the Flag.
pc_masterrace  +   1524d ago
It's unfortunate that Sony/ND didn't incorporate Co-Op as it would have been perfect fit for a game like LOU.

L4D for ps3...guess not. I'll still get it but it would have been nice to play with friends.
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Panthers  +   1524d ago
L4D is an action game. We need something this gen akin to that of Resident Evil and Silent Hill games of the PS1 days. And since Capcom is not going to deliver, then I am all for Naughty taking on the job.

Ever since UC1 I have been saying that ND should do a survival horror game with their engine. The part in the dark hallways with the monsters was genuinely scary. One of my favorite scenes from any Uncharted.
LettingGo  +   1524d ago
L4D is already on PS3. It's called Payday: The Heist.
nskrishna2  +   1524d ago
norman29  +   1524d ago
If its single player only them im guessing its open world (there is speculation whether its open world or like Uncharted) because they dont have to fill half the disk with online components, either that or its gonna be a nice long long game :)
andibandit  +   1524d ago
My money is on it being like uncharted. Theres ALOT of extra work trying to build suspense in open world scenarios.
In games like UC(Not open world), you have alot of chokepoints where you know the player will pass soner or later. This allows for triggering all kinds of scary effects at these chokepoints.
From a business point of view, open world in this game, makes no sense
Gamer1982  +   1524d ago
Multiplayer can hurt a games development as devs can spend too much time working on it and fixing problems with it instead of single player. Bioshock is a perfect example of how a game can survive still if it has great single player.
StraightPath  +   1524d ago
well uncharted multiplayer wasnt exactly amazing or popular so good idea to stick to single player.
doctorstrange  +   1525d ago
I love single player games.
shodaime  +   1525d ago
yes, finally a SP game from ND. They'll be able to focus on what they do the best.
ginsunuva  +   1525d ago
Truerandom  +   1525d ago
He means no distractions, like the Uncharted 3 multi-player. So they can spend all of their resources on making the SP amazing.
Exquisik  +   1525d ago

Yes, but Uncharted was an SP only game and so were the Jak & Daxter and Crash Bandicoot series.
rezzah  +   1524d ago

Your point? UC was their first hit at a PS3 game.

The only reason why the other got better was because they learnt how to work with the PS3.

If they ignore the MP, can you imagine what more they can add to a single player game only?
theonlylolking  +   1525d ago
Where have you been in the past 15 years of gaming?
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LarVanian  +   1525d ago
You know, I've always loved those big exaggerated 18 signs on game covers, some of them practically take up the whole cover lol.
That said, the Uncharted games have never been overly violent. The most graphic moment I can remember from the series was Eddy Raja getting his neck bitten by a descendent. The Last of Us should give Naughty Dog the opportunity to show us how much detail they can put into violence and gore. Man I can't wait for this game!
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Pintheshadows  +   1525d ago
The trailer showed some great desperate violence. Especially with Ellie stabbing mushroomhead.
yesmynameissumo  +   1525d ago
No multi-player? No problem. I can't wait for this damn game!!
andibandit  +   1524d ago
Wish i could say the same. My gf likes to play games with me, so i spend most of my money on games we can play together. She wont be too happy if i spend 50$ on a game just for me, so it's bargain bin for me.
Panzerkanzler  +   1524d ago
Really? Then tell her stop stop being cheap, get a job of her own, and buy her own damn games. Or you can just leave your balls in her clenched fist and go on to live like a peon.
antz1104  +   1524d ago
^ Lol, wow! Someones carrying some baggage :D
ginsunuva  +   1525d ago
Yes; here's hoping they use the switch back and forth between characters mechanic from Oddworld Munch's Oddysee. One would be player controller and the other AI, then press a button to switch and the AI switches too.
Exquisik  +   1525d ago
I was thinking the same when I first saw the trailer of The Last of Us. It would actually be really cool if each character have unique special abilities that allow the player to take advantage of when progressing through the game. And you can actually complete the game using both characters or with just only one of them. Either that or you control the girl only and the guy is an AI trying to protect you at all cost (a la ICO but with the AI being more useful).

While watching the trailer, I finally figured out why Naughty Dog added the mutated human things at the end of Uncharted. They were testing out their ability in the horror genre...
perfectCarbonara  +   1525d ago
I think this game is gonna replace Resident Evil as the survival-horro game to own on consoles.

Ball's in your court Capcom.
unknownhero1123  +   1524d ago
I hope so!
Prototype  +   1524d ago
I remember when Resident Evil 2 set the standard, and Silent Hill 2 in some ways perfected it (No I never got to play RE4).

This will be nice to play outside the typical "MP this, co op that."
BlackBriar  +   1524d ago
Damn Right! Resident Evil 5 sucked Ass!
Gamer1982  +   1524d ago
Probably the game Alan Wake was supposed to be.
tigertron  +   1524d ago
As far as I'm concerned, Dead Space replaced Resident Evil as the survival horror game to own on consoles.
CYBERSNAKE  +   1525d ago
Is there any news if it will be a first person or third person game?
MariaHelFutura  +   1525d ago
I imagine it would be 3rd person.
Rainstorm81  +   1525d ago
I agree ND has neer made a FPS, it wouldnt be right if this was the first
SageHonor  +   1525d ago
Good good good
doctorstrange  +   1525d ago
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thespaz  +   1524d ago
MysticStrummer  +   1524d ago
Best !!! It is Naughty Dog after all.
majiebeast  +   1525d ago
Singleplayer>Multiplayer anyday. Cant be happier about this all resources on singleplayer.

Naughty dog was probably thinking if capcom doesnt make a decent survival horror game its up to us to fill the gap.
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FEARprototype  +   1525d ago
multi or no multi don't care.
i know naughty dog will put 100% in their games and if you say uncharted 2 and 3 multiplayer isn't part of naughty dog blood and sweat, then i feel sorry for you because you don't understand the challenges that developers go through....
TacoTaru  +   1525d ago
I don't think there is a way to have tension/horror/creepiness in a multiplayer game. And I really hope the emphasis is on the horror and not so much on action. There is no mood that can last through waves of bad guys or prevail if you are constantly performing some action.
iistuii  +   1525d ago
Unusual that a game is only SP nowadays . Coop would be great, especially as there seems to be 2 characters I the game. Must have their reasons, but I can't see what they might be.
DigitalAnalog  +   1525d ago
Somtimes, devs get overwhelmed with high-ranking and successful games tend to have multiplayer intact. Only few devs have the balls to actually go all single-player in this generation. Bioshock Infinite is one example and you can literally see how much quality is put simply because there is no need to deal with multi-player resources that may only be considered an afterthought (DS2 comes to mind)

Games like survival should be strictly single-player. It always has been that way and it the trend should continue.
iistuii  +   1525d ago
Takes more
Balls to make a campaign that has 2 or 4 players playing together. Gears3 is great 4 player coop, could have been a train wreck, but it works great.. The last RE was good coop too, better infact than playing alone. I'm not asking for a tacked on MP mode, just 2 player coop would be cool.
DigitalAnalog  +   1525d ago
You're talking about a TPS game to which mechanics involves a lot of teamwork. Games like survival horror or deep atmospheric gameplay is a lot more difficult to implement multiplayer because as soon as the other player does something "stupid", it will take away the immersion of the experience.

SoTC was originally a multi-player game which would've been a very interesting concept, however I can see why the transition went to single-player only as one can only learn what it's like to feel the aesthetic and loneliness in the vast land. It's why the bond between Wander and Agro became more memorable.

Again, there are games ONLY meant to played in single-player. Pulling out Gears when the entire generation (and most successful games) calls for online is a moot point and certainly a counter-point to having "balls" with game design. A single-player game has far more difficulty in getting a proper reception when almost every game has multi-player intact unless it is an RPG.
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Gamer1982  +   1524d ago
Co-op can break aswell as make a game aswell as add many months to development time for balance issues amongst other things. For a truly scary game though you gotta make it single player. Co-op lowers the fear thats a fact.
smashcrashbash  +   1525d ago
I am guessing that the girl will probably be able to go places that the guy can't go kind of like in Jak and Daxter where Daxter could crawl into the small spaces and do missions that Jak couldn't do or like Ashley in RE4 when she used to get behind doors and though small spaces. She seems to be kind of like his side kick. He is probably the muscle and she is the agility and stealth. She probably attacks the enemy to with that knife of her's if she has the chance.
yogaflame  +   1525d ago
I'm hoping for a COOP anyway if the story and gameplay is great im happy
Optical_Matrix  +   1525d ago
The same way Naughty Dog embarrassed Eidos where Tomb Raider was falling short, I expect them to do the same with The Last of Us where Resident Evil is falling short. I know they can deliver and honest to god survival horror game. Hell, watching the trailer, Joel was shitting his pants when the infecting came in and they were hiding behind the wall.
matgrowcott  +   1525d ago
Vote here for co-op. It seems backwards that they'd offer a multiplayer component in Uncharted and then take it away for a game with two main characters. I don't mind no 'deathmatch' style games, but depending how the game plays it could feel strange without being able to play with a friend.
iistuii  +   1525d ago
Couldn't agree more.
irepbtown  +   1524d ago
CO-OP would be great but so would the game being single-player only.

Maybe some sort of, you have to finish the story and a seperare co-op section unlocks.

That would be pretty sweet.
death2smoochie  +   1525d ago
No multi-player is fine with me as long as the single player game is long and worthy
Convas  +   1525d ago
MAGNIFICENT! This is excellent news. Can't wait for more info on this game.
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fantasygamer  +   1525d ago
I'd actually like a fantastic Single Player game. but just like Uncharted a Co-op side thing (not really story related) multiplayer characters trying to survive together sorta like ( Resident Evil Outbreak ) :P
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KontryBoy706  +   1525d ago
Good I'm GLAD there is no multiplayer. they can go back to their roots which is bringing us epic single player campaigns
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JBSleek  +   1525d ago
Are gamers anti-social?

At least Co-Op would be a plus in a game like this. You and a mate beating the odds and surviving for hours on end. Sounds like a good time.
rezzah  +   1524d ago
With AI help is good enough.

Co-op distracts a person from the story as they focus on the co-op element of the game itself.
Starbucks_Fan  +   1525d ago
This better have Move support or I will be PIIIISSSSSED
specialguest  +   1524d ago
Move support would be great, but I'm not expecting it.
thespaz  +   1524d ago
I love PlayStation but the move sucks so much!
TheLastGuardian  +   1524d ago
I won't be pissed but I would be surprised if it doesn't have Move support. Iwaggle3D already believes Move support is a definite possibility for The Last Of Us.

We just have to see what one of Sony's top developers can do with the Move.
Ethereal  +   1524d ago
TheLastGuardian  +   1524d ago
This is great news imo. More time for the Naughty Gods to perfect the single player. The more I find out about this game, the more I can't wait to play it. This is one of my most anticipated games ever.
bozebo  +   1524d ago
I'm getting very interested in this now.
TwistedMetal  +   1524d ago
I'm tired of people who can't play games by themselves and always want to play with their friends in every game. Go play your. Cod and halo crap because that's all your friends play online anyways with their crap taste in what's a good game. Why waste resources in coop or mp when everyone just goes and plays the same 2 games online a day later because they are dumb sheep.

This game won't be that left 4 dead crap with just mindless dude bro killing or that crappy re5 japanime bull crap magical action goku crap.

This game will define the genre end of story and it will be epic. Also skyrim and batman don't have mp so shut up people.
acemonkey  +   1524d ago
thought it be atleast 2 player co op...i bet in the store u will have to change people (old guy & that girl ) to do different stuff....but the game looks like it could be fun....
Sc0pe92  +   1524d ago
Last of us 2 will be multiplayer just like uncharted 2 lol
AsunaYuukiTheFlash  +   1524d ago
The Last of Us 2, do you have a time capsule bruh?? PLEASE TAKE ME WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
Sc0pe92  +   1524d ago
Lol no one on this website has a sense of humor. I was joking how Last of us 2 will be multiplayer cause uncharted didnt have any multiplayer till uncharted 2 lol people on this website are unbelievable
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