The Last of Us

PS3 / Action Adventure / Release: Jun 14, 2013 / ESRB: RP-T+

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The Last of Us 2 & 3 domains registered by Sony

The Last of Us 2 & 3 domains registered by Sony

Perhaps one of the most anticipated games of the year is The Last of Us, Naughty Dog's upcoming PS3 adventure. Although the story is apparently "self-contained," assuming the game sells gangbusters, it's likely to turn into a franchise.

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The Last of Us dev diary shows ruin porn

The Last of Us dev diary shows ruin porn

Urban ruins are awfully popular nowadays, standing testament to the impermanence of humanity and the creative bankruptcy of people who own a camera and have watched The Wire. At least in The Last of Us the ruins we're gawping at come in the wake of a horrifying parasitic fungal outbreak. A new video dev diary from Naughty Dog delves into nature's reclamation of our cities after the apocalypse, with a look the developer calls "Wasteland Beautiful."

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The Last of Us demo coming May 31

The Last of Us demo coming May 31

The Last of Us may have been pushed back to mid-June, but you'll be able to play a chunk of it around the end of May. Naughty Dog has confirmed that a demo of the game will be available on May 31, in addition to the early access for God of War: Ascension purchasers.

Read more: Countdown clock leading to May »

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The Last of Us dev diary focuses on the Infected

The Last of Us dev diary focuses on the Infected

When Andrew visited Sony for his preview of The Last of Us, he got a look at the various stages of infection that Naughty Dog was using to create non-zombies. A new video developer diary goes into a bit more detail on the creation process, while showing off some game play at the same time.

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The Last of Us officially delayed to June 14

The Last of Us officially delayed to June 14

We knew something was brewing with the release of The Last of Us when retail sites were pushing the date back to mid-June, but Sony and developer Naughty Dog have officially confirmed a delay for the PlayStation 3 exclusive to June 14.

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Retail sites suggest The Last of Us delayed to June 18

Retail sites suggest The Last of Us delayed to June 18

Naughty Dog's highly-anticipated survival game The Last of Us has already set a date for May 7. Despite that, and with no official word from Naughty Dog or Sony, a set of retailers all seem to agree that the game is now set for June 18 instead.

Read more: Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop all changed »

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The Last of Us preview: surviving horror

The Last of Us preview: surviving horror

Get bitten once, and it's game over. Fire a bullet from your gun without thinking, and you may find yourself overwhelmed, eaten alive by a horde of infected, attracted by the sound of the gunshot. Take too many punches, and you'll desperately search the environment, looking for anything that will heal you. For many gamers, this will sound like an absolute nightmare. For others (myself included), we've been looking for a return to classic survival horror. We want every bullet to matter, every encounter to be threatening, and we want to be scared, dammit.

The Last of Us is a refreshing retread against modern gaming conventions. While it may have the same presentation and mechanics of Naughty Dog's Uncharted games, the tone is completely different. You won't be making daring leaps of faith, nor will you be hiding behind cover, waiting for your health to regenerate. Heck, you'll barely use your gun unless you're fully aware of your surroundings. Playing it like Uncharted will--as various journalists and myself discovered--undoubtedly result in your death.

Read more: Every bullet matters »

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The stages of infection in The Last of Us

The stages of infection in The Last of Us

The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic action adventure that has survivors fighting against zombie-like beings that Naughty Dog refers to as the "Infected." Although they featured heavily in the game's debut trailer, they've since taken a backseat. At a recent press event in Los Angeles, we finally had a chance to get our hands on the game--and fight these non-zombies.

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Last of Us demo available first for God of War: Ascension owners

Last of Us demo available first for God of War: Ascension owners

God of War: Ascension seems like a safe bet for Sony, given that it's the next game in a long-running and popular franchise with one of its most identifiable characters. Just in case that isn't enough, though, the company is sweetening the pot with early access to the demo of another anticipated exclusive, The Last of Us.

Read more: Demo coming after game release »

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The Last of Us special editions come in $80 and $150 varieties

The Last of Us special editions come in $80 and $150 varieties

How big is The Last of Us? Naughty Dog's PS3 swan song is an event so momentous that it needs not one, but two special editions.

Sure, you can pick up the game for $60 when it launches on May 7th. But, for $20 more, you'll be able to upgrade to the "Survival Edition" of the game. This special edition includes The Art of The Last of Us, a full-sized hardcover art book by Dark Horse. This book will also be available as a standalone product at retail for $40.

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The Last of Us director defends the game's violence

The Last of Us director defends the game's violence

A hapless man struggles on the floor, only to get a shotgun round blasted to his face. Then, thunderous applause fills the auditorium.

The Last of Us' E3 stage demo was incredibly violent, and any unknowing onlooker might see our industry's reaction to such a demo as off-putting. However, Neil Druckmann, creative director for Naughty Dog's upcoming shooter, argues that there's reason for such brutality. "The violence you see inside this world isn't gratuitous and over-the-top just for the sake of being violent. It's setting a tone. It's setting a reality that Joel and Ellie are having to deal with," Druckmann said. "Everything has to feel tense. Everything has to feel grounded in reality. The reason why we're going for such realistic violence is because we want you to believe that the stakes are high for Ellie and Joel."

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Most Anticipated of 2013: Andrew's Picks

Most Anticipated of 2013: Andrew's Picks

There's a lot to be excited for in 2013, and the Shacknews staff each have five games on their radar. The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2013 individually. Next up, we've got senior editor Andrew Yoon with his list of next year's titles.

First off, let me just say that any game that was in my list for 2012 that didn't come out yet is disqualified. Sorry, BioShock Infinite and Ni no Kuni. I still want you for all the same reasons.

Read more: Andrew's picks for 2013 »

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Most Anticipated 2013: Jeff's Picks

Most Anticipated 2013: Jeff's Picks

There's a lot to be excited for in 2013, and the Shacknews staff each have five games on their radar. The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2013 individually, starting with staff writer and indie expert Jeff Mattas.

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The Last of Us pre-order bonuses revealed

The Last of Us pre-order bonuses revealed

In case you missed the news at the VGAs, Naughty Dog's The Last of Us will be hitting PS3 on May 7th. And, as part of its membership of the AAA video game club, it needs to be bundled with pre-order bonuses. Reservations at "participating retailers" will entitle you to the "Sights and Sounds Pack," which includes the game's official soundtrack, a PS3 dynamic theme featuring the box art (pictured above), and two PSN avatars.

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The Last of Us coming May 7, 2013

The Last of Us coming May 7, 2013

Naughty Dog's hotly anticipated The Last of Us is coming May 7, a new trailer from the VGAs has revealed. The new video brings back the fungal-infected pseudo-zombies first seen in the game's original VGA debut trailer, in addition to a wide variety of environments that go outside the city.

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