E3 is done! Though I was not present to take it all the excitement and spectacle that is the Electronic Entertainment Expo; I have been glued to my television and computer to stay abreast to any and all developments. The event covered many games, among them a torrent of sequels to some of the biggest games this generation: Assassins Creed III, Dead Space 3, and Darksiders II to name a few. The show also included showings from franchises that gamers will be familiar with, yet offering a fresh coat of paint; games like Tomb Raider and DmC (Devil May Cry). Though this year’s show was filled with the kinds of experiences we’ve already had, there were a few new titles that have me intrigued and are without a doubt, my three most anticipated games.
The Last of Us
I remember when the first trailer for the game was released. It depicted an ant with spikes protruding from its body, apparently infected with some sort of virus.
The video was later updated but remained mostly the same; still showing the poor creature crawling around on a tree branch, but seconds later the screen goes black. We hear heavy breathing and soon after, what sounds like a chain saw being revved up. The trailer ends with a brief pant and loud scream from a female. The trailer immediately peaked my interest and started to build anticipation of the game. The trailer can be viewed on the game’s website here (be sure to scroll over to the very last video). The second trailer is also worth a view and is equally vague, yet compelling and mysterious.
At the 2011 VGA’s (Video Game Awards), the studio behind the game was revealed to be Naughty Dog, the studio behind the Uncharted Series. To me, this meant the game was guaranteed to tell an immersive narrative with interesting, well-crafted characters. At this point another trailer (see below) was revealed confirming my assumptions and solidifying my excitement.
At E3, we finally saw gameplay for my most anticipated game since… well since Heavy Rain, but more about that in part two. We play as Joel, a man with a shaky past and tasked with escorting a young girl across the U.S. We’ve experienced these types of games before; Enslaved Odyssey into the West and 2008’s Prince of Persia being among them. For the most part these games felt like we were baby sitting and didn’t always tell a fulfilling story of how these characters interact with each other and what effect player’s have on it.
Gameplay in The Last of Us is expectedly brutal and suspenseful, but unlike games we’ve played in the past, at least from what I’ve gathered from the demo. I will not spoil the demo; instead I have posted it below and HIGHLY recommend giving it a watch. If you can imagine a world in quarantine, nature retaking what we’ve long inhabited and mankind on the brink of extinction, then I am sure The Last of Us will impress.
What do you think of The Last of Us? Let me know in the comments and come back on Monday for my second most anticipated title.