The Last of Us ships 3.4 million in three weeks

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us has reached 3.4 million in global sales after only three weeks on the market, according to Sony estimates.

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The critical buzz and anticipation seem to have done favors for The Last of Us, as Sony has announced that global sales are downright infectious. It reached 3.4 million after only three weeks on the market, according to estimates as of July 3, making it the fastest selling PlayStation 3 game of this year and exceeding Sony's sales expectations.

The third-person action-adventure has reviewed well, earning praise from our own Andrew Yoon and currently sitting at a score of 95 on Metacritic.

"These sales figures are a testament to the blockbuster quality of The Last of Us," Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida said in the announcement. "The teams at Naughty Dog are true visionaries and their storytelling capabilities are second to none, this title is an undisputed demonstration of that. SCE continues to be committed to delivering unique gameplay experiences that redefine the interactive entertainment industry and The Last of Us is a perfect example."

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    July 9, 2013 7:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, The Last of Us sells 3.4 million in three weeks.

    Naughty Dog's The Last of Us has reached 3.4 million in global scales after only three weeks on the market, according to Sony estimates.

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      July 9, 2013 7:44 AM

      Square finds sales 'dissapointing'

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      July 9, 2013 7:51 AM

      What a failure, selling only 3.4 million copies in less than a month. Sony should close down Naughty Dog or start ordering them to make phone games. Haven't they learned that people don't care how good a game is.

      Signed Square Enix Leadership.

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      July 9, 2013 8:05 AM

      They deserve every success coming to them, well done ND.

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      July 9, 2013 8:16 AM

      That's great news. I'm excited to see a new property sell so well. The game is fantastic and deserves success.

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      July 9, 2013 9:54 AM

      I really liked the look of this game, one of the only games to make me think about buying the console just to play it...but I'm a PC gamer and cant justify the cost just for one game.

      PLEASE PORT TO PC :-)

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        July 9, 2013 9:57 AM

        Your loss

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        July 9, 2013 10:07 AM

        logic would dictate if you like this one game, there may be other games on the console you'd enjoy...just maybe.

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          July 9, 2013 10:49 AM

          Not enough, I prefer mouse and keyboard for first person shooters so PC would always win on those multiplatform games.
          I think a PS3 would gather dust after playing 1 or 2 games then i would go back to playing the kind of games that only work on PCs like the RTS games (Company of heroes).

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            July 9, 2013 10:54 AM

            more like 5-6 games. ps3 has quite a few great exclusives

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              July 9, 2013 10:55 AM

              i am a pc gamer and my ps3 did collect dust but i got it cheap. just look for a deal on craiglist, the last of us is worth it

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        July 9, 2013 10:44 AM

        It's really nice looking. I actually struggle to see repeated objects. I think I've seen the stuffed giraffe toy a couple times and thats about it.
        Everything looks like a real location, and its lit and coloured incredibly realistically

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        July 9, 2013 11:12 AM

        Buy it used off eBay. It is my strong, personal belief that it'll never come to PC.

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          July 9, 2013 11:46 AM

          yeah, I have to agree. Uncharted never ported, so this wont be either.

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        July 9, 2013 3:37 PM

        Well its a good thing that there is more than one game on the ps3.

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      July 9, 2013 10:04 AM

      I'm finally buying this game in an hour or two.

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      July 9, 2013 10:06 AM

      Got it, started playing and it just felt so slow-moving and methodical that I ended up trading it away for a board game instead. :(

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        July 9, 2013 10:22 AM

        Not enough OMG SPLOSIONS every 5 seconds or something? What were you expecting?

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        July 9, 2013 10:24 AM

        Good idea. Board games are all about fast paced action so you won't have that problem with a board game.

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        July 9, 2013 10:41 AM

        needs more COD.

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        July 9, 2013 10:42 AM

        The beginning is slow for sure. But boy, you dun goofed!

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        July 9, 2013 10:51 AM

        Hate opinions like this. Basically killed the Resident Evil series.

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          July 9, 2013 10:55 AM

          and splinter cell

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          July 9, 2013 11:09 AM

          Exactly. This is how RE went from a survival horror series with 1-3+Code Veronica and turned into some action-y series with the RE name starting with 4.

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            July 9, 2013 11:10 AM

            To be fair, 4 was good, but it was definitely the beginning of the end.

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              July 9, 2013 12:22 PM

              RE4 retained all the elements necessary for survival horror. It just added action. You still had to fight enemies intelligently by using resources sparingly, and the environmental set pieces added a great deal to battles. Most importantly, it kept the atmosphere tense and creepy as hell. The castle remains one of my favorite areas in any RE game.

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        July 9, 2013 10:56 AM

        Why didn't you trade it in for CoD: Ghosts??!?!?

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        July 9, 2013 10:58 AM

        should have traded it for some ritalin

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        July 9, 2013 11:09 AM

        a board game? this is a troll

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        July 9, 2013 11:34 AM

        It is slow moving and methodical, with great presentation all around. That's why it's awesome.

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        July 9, 2013 11:48 AM

        You've made a huge mistake.

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        July 9, 2013 3:09 PM

        Even as a board game maven, this is like what.

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        July 15, 2013 3:08 PM

        Wow, you've all really convinced me. Yeah, no, I was just kidding. Still glad I traded it away.

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      July 9, 2013 10:19 AM

      would have sold twice as much if it weren't exclusive!

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        July 9, 2013 10:50 AM

        It's ok, It's a first party title so they make more money per game.

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      July 9, 2013 10:24 AM

      I believe it. I finished the game last weekend. I'm an emotional guy, but I don't think I've ever been more invested in a game. The game is perfection. It had me in tears at one point, cheering at another, and shouting in anger at yet another!

      I started my new game plus playthrough, and the prologue had me in tears yet again. I didn't think it would be as bad the second time, but it's almost worse because now I understand Joel so much more. Knowing why he does what he does, and knowing what's to come is almost too much.

      I love this game. I'd give it 20 out of 10!

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        July 9, 2013 10:53 AM

        I was more emotionally invested in the The Walking Dead game, but this one was still pretty solid.

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      July 9, 2013 10:53 AM

      I wish this was on PC :(

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        July 9, 2013 10:58 AM

        It would be a pretty wicked game on the PC. Mouse aiming would make the game crazy fun. That said, I still had a blast playing it on the PS3 even though I suck doing controller aiming. I don't think the dev will ever switch away from console exclusives, unfortunately.

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          July 9, 2013 11:05 AM

          Well unfortunately I'm never, ever going to own a PS3 so unless this game becomes multi-platform, I'll likely never play it =/

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            July 9, 2013 11:56 AM

            KB/M converter for PS3 is the answer, it's what I use and it works pretty well, not quite PC good but better then the damn controller.

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              July 9, 2013 12:37 PM

              But I have no interest in buying a PS3

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                July 9, 2013 2:34 PM

                That's too bad. I've been an Xbox user for a decade, but I budgeted for a PS3 specifically for this game. And it's been worth it and then some!

                But that's a subjective judgment. I loved the game - you may not. I loved it, not only for innovative gameplay, but more so for the amazing story, superb voice acting, and facial mocap. it was ridiculous.

                Decided to pick up the Uncharted trilogy, also by Naughty Dog, and it's a lot of fun, too. Picked up Heavy Rain and Journey, as well.

                And funny thing is, I don't miss my Xbox at all.

                Then again, if you're predominantly a PC gamer, I could understand where you're coming from. Me, I've always embraced PC among with consoles.

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        July 9, 2013 1:41 PM

        that really doesn't help Sony sell PS3's, now does it.

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      July 9, 2013 10:56 AM

      I really, really want to play this, but my PS3 is fuckered when it comes to reading discs. I'm tempted to get the PSN download...but I'm afraid that won't work, even though Wipeout and the Killzone 2 demo worked fine.

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      July 9, 2013 11:09 AM

      The Last of Us is a nice looking game, but was overall a disappointment. I would constantly find myself loading the game but not playing. The scenery is quite impressive, but the gameplay just isn't there. I've had enough of moving around ladders and I don't think I'm even very far into the game.

      The game gets loaded, but something more "fun" is decided upon once we start clumsily moving around the game world.

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        July 9, 2013 11:16 AM

        Lol. You might be legally retarded.

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        July 9, 2013 11:36 AM

        To be fair, those load times are pretty crazy.

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          July 9, 2013 1:39 PM

          My load times were never very long. I think its because I bought the download version

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          July 9, 2013 2:17 PM

          The initial "start the game to actually playing" is probably one of the longest wait times I've seen for a game. Mainly that loading screen that gets up to 5%-7% and starts over again several times. But once you're in it's not an issue any more, so it's not that big of a deal.

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            July 9, 2013 3:45 PM

            Seriously.. this is one of the most pointless complaints anyone can make about this game.. that one initial load is the only idle waiting you'll ever do while playing the game - there are no noticeable loading points anywhere else. Its a far FAR cry from what I remember of games like Heavenly Sword at launch, which had insane load times.

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            July 9, 2013 8:12 PM

            Guess you must be pretty new to gaming. The long initial load time for gta 3 on the ps2 was legendary.

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      July 9, 2013 11:43 AM

      Nice 2min loading times everytime you start the game.

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        July 9, 2013 11:44 AM

        yeah, but then there's zero loads. worth it.

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        July 9, 2013 12:23 PM

        I've noticed something weird: sometimes my game takes 2 minutes to load. Other times I jump right in. The parameters don't change. I turn on the system, start the game, and load. Sometimes it just takes forever.

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        July 9, 2013 12:41 PM

        First time playing a Naught Dog game? Yes there is a single long load at the beginning, but 0 loads during the game..you can basically play through the entire game with no loading start to finish provided, i think, you don't skip cutscenes..everything is done in the background or at the beginning.

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          July 9, 2013 12:44 PM

          It's the reason why I would end up spending 7-8 hours at a time through Uncharted 2 and Last of Us, because if you aren't careful, there are no loading screens to break you free from the immersion.

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        July 9, 2013 1:13 PM

        It loads once and then that's it. If you played it in one sitting, that would have been the only loading screen you see.

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        July 9, 2013 2:35 PM

        I grabbed the digital download version and it never takes more than 30 seconds when you start it up. Zero loading after that.

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          July 9, 2013 2:53 PM

          Well yeah; this is one of the few PS3 games which don't require at least a partial install of data. This is all from disc, on a pretty damn slow Bluray drive. A digital version would go much, much quicker.

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            July 9, 2013 3:10 PM

            yeah i spent a few minutes trying to figure out how to offload the game onto the harddrive then remembered that Naughty Dog does some amazing things with their streaming tech.

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              July 9, 2013 3:31 PM

              I think I accidentally turned around after a seamless gate/load and it froze me with a LOADING for a few seconds.
              Other than that I haven't seen any loads at all

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      July 9, 2013 12:15 PM

      Good to know, Naughty Dog makes quality games and I want them to continue to do well. Just started Last of Us last night, tough to give an opinion yet as I'm only about 1 - 1.5 hours in and I feel like they're still introducing me to basic mechanics. As usual the cut scenes/art direction are top notch, though.

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      July 9, 2013 12:26 PM

      Good. Now get this shit on 360, PS4 (yes plz) or PC (preferred) pronto so I can play it!

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        July 9, 2013 12:39 PM

        Pretty sure Naughty Dog is a Sony dev.

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        July 9, 2013 2:35 PM

        Yeah, 360 and PC ain't gonna happen (my opinion). PS4 ... probably yes... a HD edition. (Guessing again... no inside knowledge).

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      July 9, 2013 3:41 PM

      This + Demons Souls are what makes the PS3 a must-own for me.

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        July 9, 2013 5:27 PM

        Have you tried Uncharted 2?

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          July 9, 2013 5:55 PM

          nah, but got 1 + 2 sitting on the shelf. Someday!

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            July 9, 2013 6:45 PM

            DO IT RIGHT MEOW! Just play 1 on easy for story then move on to 2.

            You can thank me later.

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      July 9, 2013 5:20 PM

      I went out and got a PS3 just for this game. I just beat it last night and loved every min of it. Im actually sad im done it cause it was so amazing. Its like no other game out there and the ending was by far the most real and anti hollywood ending ever. It deserves all the praise. I just started the Uncharted series and am having a blast.

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        July 9, 2013 5:32 PM

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          July 9, 2013 5:44 PM

          I have a stack almost a foot tall. Uncharted 1,2,3, Heavy Rain, God Of War 2, MGS4, Resistance, Kill Zone 3, Infamous 1. Any other ive missed Ive always wanted a PS3 but never got one till TLOU.

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            July 9, 2013 5:54 PM

            Pickup Journey too, it's on the PSN store! Also if you like platformers, Little Big Planet 1 and 2 are great.

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