The Last of Us

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The Last of Us “The Last of Us” is an award winning video game developed by Naughty Dog and produced by Sony Entertainment for the PlayStation3 (PS3). It features a blend of action-adventure, stealth, and survival horror genres, and is set in the post-pandemic ruins of the United States. Yet, while those elements make the game interesting and enjoyable to play, it is the story that motivates the player forward. Equal parts fiction and nonfiction, a bit of real world truth goes a long way in making this game significantly better than the vast majority of other horror-adventure titles. Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us” is the single greatest experience in video gaming to-date and, as the fastest selling new IP in PS3 history , is proof that Naughty Dog is one of the best video game development companies in the market. From the very beginning of the game players are greeted with an impressive display of detail; everything from graphic textures and visuals, to character and sound designs, is implemented in a natural, realistic manner. In fact, some players may never notice that a character’s shirt will take on a distinct wet look while it’s raining, or how a sheen of sweat appears on the forehead after a bout of running. The developer utilizes mundane objects such as newspaper clippings or a bit of spray-paint on an abandoned building, converting would-be backdrop items into an integral part of storytelling. A character’s range of movement is also more natural and organic through the use of motion capture . Body language, such as simply gesticulating during a conversation, serves an important role in providing an added sense of realism and lends itself to t... ... middle of paper ... ...hat could only be made by Naughty Dog, a developer that understands certain risks need to be taken in order to create a story that is engaging, beautifully detailed and, above all, unique. The breath-taking graphics, superb writing, and compelling gameplay make this game what it is, which is truly amazing. “The Last of Us” has raised the bar on the expectations of developers and gamers alike, and will surely have an impact on the future of all games. Works Cited Intellectual Property: (noun) A work or invention that is the result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design, to which one has rights and for which one may apply for a patent, copyright, trademark, etc. Fox, Sarah. (2013, July 9) “Sony confirms ‘The Last of Us’ sales pass 3.4 million, fastest-selling PS3 title of 2013.” Retrieved January 25 2014 from
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