How The Last of Us and Others Captured The Heart of the Road Trip

The road trip story is a tale as old as time. Then why have games, which obsess over movement across open spaces, largely ignored the road trip story?

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Player3Podcast2705d ago

I keep reading all of this stuff about FFXV. I've never really played a Final Fantasy game, but this keeps tempting me.

BlakHavoc2704d ago (Edited 2704d ago )

The game is basically one big road trip, you spend much of your time riding around in the regalia (their car). It also adds to the feeling of a bro trip cause you have the option to camp outside or at hotels, trailers, etc. It definitely feels like a adventure but the game has some glaring issues, overall it was enjoyable. 7.5/10 for me. It was also my first official FF game I beat, if you don't count FF14 that is.

Jared8Randall2705d ago

Even when fast travel is available or off roading is viable, sometimes it's really nice to just trot along the road until you get to where you're going (Witcher 3). I experienced this especially in the end, when I decided to sentimentally roleplay my way to the final destination. Turns out skipping the fast travel led to some cool popup quests!

MKUltra2705d ago

That's what the best open world games do. They make the journey matter just as much as the destination.

ziggurcat2705d ago

nothing says road trip like a whole lot of dystopia?

MKUltra2705d ago

Hahaha it's the most dire, stressful road trip ever

Player3Podcast2705d ago

Is it with my family? Because that's what it always ends in!

NinjaSqrl2705d ago

I have played none of these games. I need to jump into one. Although the road trip theme is hard to capture I would love to see more games take a stab at it.

MKUltra2705d ago

The Last of Us is a must play. Kentucky Route Zero is definitely hidden gem

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BlakHavoc2704d ago

TLOU is one of those games you must play. Its one of the best last gen had to offer and if you own a PS3 or 4 its considered a travesty if you haven't played it lol.

medman2704d ago

TLOU....great characters, great story, great setting, compelling gameplay....what's not to love? Part II? I am fully expecting Naughty Dog to once more, incredibly, up the ante, and deliver yet another masterpiece.

MKUltra2698d ago

It almost seems like Naughty Dog can't miss, but we'll see if they continue their streak with Part II. Fingers crossed.


Valve facing £656,000,000 lawsuit over claims Steam is ripping off players

The owner of Steam has been accused of overcharging 14 million PC gamers in the UK and 'shutting out' competition in a new lawsuit.

Dan5012h ago

Overcharging? Have these people never heard of sales?

just_looken11h ago(Edited 11h ago)

"Valve, the owner of Steam, is being sued for £656m over claims it is abusing its dominant market position to overcharge players.

The collective action claim has been filed with the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal by digital rights campaigner Vicki Shotbolt.

In the lawsuit, Shotbolt accuses Valve of ‘shutting out’ competition when it comes to buying PC games and DLC, which has led to 14m people in the UK being overcharged for PC games as a result.

The claim is seeking up to £44 compensation for every UK player who has bought a PC game or add-on content from June 5, 2018."


So they are trying to take the apple/sony/xbox approach were there is only one store without ever using a pc for gaming.

Anyone with a ounce of pc gaming knowledge knows steam did nothing when competition and the launcher war happened but now every publisher that had there own launcher with games only available on that platform are slowing coming back to steam.

This "lawsuit" should be directed to launcher's like rockstar's as they have games only available on there like the gta collection or ubisoft with xdefiant heck epic launcher exclusive games. There is no grounds in which steam has locked down content to there platform except there own games though there are disc versions of those except half life alex.

Pc players still have the best choice on game buying with multiple launcher's and site that offers keys like my fav humble bundle but on the same platform we have the worst drm along with those 3rd part launcher's that need to run in the background.

anast11h ago

How about suing them for the game files that the customer should own?

Goodguy0110h ago

Steam allows 3rd party apps (which I hate) and...we all know that egs is the one that keeps buying exclusivity lol. A lot of devs and consumers rely on steam hence it's very heavy support.

paulust20029h ago

If I get 44 pound from them I'll only be spending it in the steam store...fucking absurd ..one of the most ethical companies out there and largely due to them not being a public offering imo

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Obsidian CEO responds to worries Xbox could shut them down, too: 'I'm not worried about tomorrow'

A gray cloud loomed over this year's big summer game showcases: Over 16,000 game developers have lost their jobs since 2023, many of whom were casualties of success at companies that reported huge profits this year. One of the largest cost cutters has been Xbox, which in January cut 1,900 jobs at Activision Blizzard and in May shut down four studios: Tango Gameworks, Arkane Austin, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Games. The closure of Tango was taken especially hard, as the studio was still basking in the light of Hi-Fi Rush, a critical and commercial success by all of Microsoft's metrics.

SimpleSlave1d 2h ago (Edited 1d 2h ago )

I mean, you should be. Because we now know and understand that even if Avowed is a hit it doesn't mean the studio is safe.

I hope that they're able to buy out their own Studio, like Toys for Bob's did, maybe some of their IPs as well, and go the Larian Studios route instead. We still need a sequel to Alpha Protocol after all. So here's hoping for the best.

Listen to your leaders, rather, good luck!

SimpleSlave1d 2h ago

I never said they didn't.

Einhander19721d 2h ago

Ok, fair enough.

As much as we all want another Alpha Protocol only Sega can make that happen.

porkChop1d 1h ago

Honestly, it would be pretty cheap to get the IP rights from Sega. They've done nothing with it and weren't interested in a sequel. But I'd be fine with just a spiritual successor that builds on what they were trying to do with AP.

SimpleSlave1d ago

It's all good.

But to be fair, while SEGA does own the IP and Published the game, it was Obsidian who created the IP and helped bring it back from the dead. So it's only fitting that they should be the ones to work on a proper sequel. And hopefully with a proper budget this time around.

My point is that I want them to stick around for this to happen. But on the current position they're in, things are bleak is all I'm saying.

Obscure_Observer5h ago

"As much as we all want another Alpha Protocol only Sega can make that happen."

Not really. If Xbox really want Alpha Protocol, all they have to do is to pay SEGA for its licence and give it to Obsidian or any other Xbox first party or third party to do it, just like Nintendo did with Bayonetta.