The Last of Us

  • Uncharted 4: Insane Facial Animation System

    Every Uncharted game seems to push the boundaries and it’s not doubt that Uncharted 4 is going to be the one that shows off the PS4’s capabilities.

    Uncharted 4 writer Josh Scherr talked about the technical efforts being put behind Drake’s facial system,

    “We’ve completely revamped our facial animation systems. The previous Uncharted games, and in The Last Of Us, the characters all had about 90 to 100 ‘bones’ in their faces which we used to move the meshes around.

    Think about that, about how detailed Joel and Ellie’s pained facial expressions were, how well the game captured the respective actors’ – Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson – seminal roles. All that was achieved on the old tech. Now, the faces have anywhere between 300 and 500 bones.”

    [This] lets us emote more, with all the 'bones' we can put onto [faces] - you pan round the camera to look at Nate's face when he's climbing and you see him grimacing and all this kind of stuff ... we're pushing detail on a macro and micro level that I think people are really going to respond to."

    Uncharted 4 however has been delayed till 2016 unfortunately. However, there is news that an Uncharted Trilogy is in the works. Players who got the PlayStation 4 but missed out on the PlayStation 3 have a great opportunity to experience all these masterpieces in that case and prepare for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

  • Naughty Dog Might Not Make The Last Of Us 2

    The Last of Us is a gem of a game. Even though there are some out there who didn’t enjoy it as much, majority of the gamers loved it and the game has gotten 10/10 across numerous game critics.

    So it is only expected that a sequel to this game will be expected; especially considering the DLC for the game also was critically acclaimed.  However we may have to be patient for a sequel, if it is ever to happen.

    Seems till Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is completed and shipped, Naughty Dog is not even considering the possibility of The Last of Us 2. This is what Naughty Dog bosses Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley said about TLoU 2 in a recent interview with Game Informer:

    "That's all a big if. We're 110 percent in Uncharted 4 territory now. Blinders on, make this awesome."

    Of course many of might not even want a sequel to TLoU. Just like how fans of Quantic Dream love that company because of how they just move on to new IPs. In response to this Druckmann said:

    "We totally get it, because we have those same feelings as well. We have brainstormed sequel ideas for The Last of Us, and we've brainstormed ideas for new games, but all of that is put on ice right now while we work on Uncharted 4."

    For now Druckmann wanted to drive home the idea that right now they are not even in the brainstorming phase of TLoU2. As such that game might never be made. But in a way I am glad they are so focused on Uncharted 4. Everyone is expecting great things from this franchise’s initial steps on the current generation consoles.

  • The Last of Us: Remastered coming to the PS4 - Discount for Owners of a PS3 copy

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    It has been confirmed, The Last of Us is coming to the PS4. Although an official date has not been announced it has been revealed that it has a summer 2014 release schedule. However, according to several retailers (GameFly, GameSpot, Target) The Last of Us: Remastered will be released on June 20, 2014.

    Last of Us: Remastered has now been priced at $60 and is said to include revamped visuals, all previously released DLC, commentary from the game’s actors and director, and other bonuses. The following details were posted on the official PlayStation blog.

    The Last of Us Remastered includes:

    • Left Behind single player expansion
    • Abandoned Territories multiplayer map pack
    • Reclaimed Territories pack – details will be coming soon on exactly what is included

    Pre-order bonuses:

    • 100 Supply Points (XP) for use in Factions mode
    • Two special bonus skins for Joel and Ellie which will be unlocked after your complete the single player campaign
    • Increased Crafting Speed for use in the Single Player Campaign
    • Increased Healing Speed for use in the Single Player Campaign
    • 9mm Reload Speed Increase Upgrade for use in the Single Player Campaign
    • Rifle Clip Capacity Increase Upgrade for use in the Single Player Campaign

    Additional Pre-order bonuses if ordered from PlayStation Store:

    • Early Access to the Brawler Survival Skill in Factions Mode
    • Early Access to additional Loadout Points for use in Factions mode
    • Early Access to the Jeep Cap and Surgical Mask for use in Factions mode

    Neil Druckmann also tweeted about the game recently:

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    For those asking, @Naughty_Dog is developing The Last of Us Remastered and we're targeting 60fps. More info to come. #PS4

    However, the $60 price tag has not been received all too well by many gamers. But there may be hope for us yet. According to Sony, they are considering an option to make the game available for cheaper to those who already own the PS3 version. "We’re looking into the business model for all this and will post about this once we have input from all regions," said Naughty Dog's Eric Monacelli on the PlayStation Blog.

    This sort of an upgrade was offered pretty widely by Sony last Christmas. That deal basically allowed PS3 gamers who owned AAA titles such as COD: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Blag Flag to upgrade to the PS4 version of these games for cheaper.

  • The Last Of Us: Left Behind DLC

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    All of us who have played the Last of Us are very familiar with its dark and gritty nature. It’s not our usual happy go lucky run and gun adventure. Here every one of our actions has a gritty undertone and unlike other FPSs each kill in the Last of Us feels up-close and personal to take lightly. Naughty Dog’s new adventure doesn't share the same laugh and shoot mentality of its predecessor Uncharted.

    However with the new DLC single player expansion, even though we will be returning to the same post-apocalyptic fungus ridden world, the game will contain more of a “playful” tone. This bit of info comes from the voice actress Ashley Johnson (Ellie) in an interview with PlayStation Blog.

    She said, "You'll definitely see a more playful side to Ellie and get to know her a bit better. You're going to see a lot of different sides to the character that you definitely didn't see in The Last of Us."

    The DLC focuses primarily on Ellie’s life before she met with Joel. It’s a story about her past and her adventures with her friend Riley, a similar aged girl who was sort of a mentor to Ellie. This marks the first ever single player DLC created by Naughty Dog and as always expect great things from it. We also get to see the time that Ellie actually gets bitten by one of the infected.

    "It's a little bit more 'fun,' because you have two teenage girls going through a mall. It's kind of like a post-pandemic version of two teenage girls hanging out. Definitely not a normal hangout! It's very different--a little more playful."

  • Tom Clancy’s MMO RPG: The Division

    The-Division-620x350 I don’t about you guys, but I have always been on the fence when it came to MMO RPGs. I mean I love the massive skill trees, extensive quests, tons of loot, unique and interesting items etc. I mean there is a ton that I like. But what held me back was mainly the combat mechanics and overall lack of immersion (personal opinion). But recently I have seen a massive improvement in terms of combat. I mean Terra Online which has been out for has amazing real time combat.

    But Ubisoft swept me off of my feet this E3 with the reveal of Tom Clancy’s The Division. I have not been this excited about a game since The Watchdogs, and I believe I am way more stoked for The Division. This is the first time that the Tom Clancy universe will include an MMO RPG. If you haven’t checked the gameplay yet I urge you to do so via the following link.

    Tom Clancy’s The Division: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJgMl3BahWY

    Amazing right? Everything from the environment, interface to combat just wowed me. It looks amazing and I really can’t wait to get my hands on it. It is supposed to be a lighter MMO RPG where we can change our spent skill points on the fly. It is also meant to have elements of hardcore survival inspired from games like The Last of Us. I can’t wait to find out more and when I do be sure that I will fill you guys in!

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