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Video: The Last of Us PS3 Multiplayer Revealed By Naughty Dog

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59w ago - Naughty Dog Community Strategist Eric Monacelli has revealed The Last of Us PS3 Multiplayer details today alongside a video below.

To quote: Over the past few days we invited media to play our The Last of Us multiplayer mode called Factions. Most of these impressions are available online now but you'll be seeing more as our review embargo on the game ends very soon.

The multiplayer is an extension of the themes you'll find in the single player game. The moment-to-moment survival present in the single-player campaign is integral to the multiplayer.

You'll feel tension and need to be intensely alert at all times. We want to show you a glimpse of what the gameplay looks like.

In Factions you'll have to pick a side and roll with the Hunters or the Fireflies. Each player starts with a small clan of survivors that you need to keep alive and grow. There are two modes in which you can accomplish the growth and survival of your Clan.

In Supply Raid, you'll have to scavenge the area and keep your team alive. Your team has a pool of twenty reinforcements. Once the reinforcements have been exhausted, the match will go into sudden death.

In Survivors, you're going to have to be extremely vigilant. There are no respawns. Once you're gone you've been eliminated...
 

Video: The Last of Us: Ashley Johnson on Bringing Ellie to Life

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60w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton shared a video today spotlighting Ashley Johnson bringing Ellie to Life in The Last of Us alongside news that the demo is officially available in God of War: Ascension below.

To quote: As you'll find out in just two weeks' time, Naughty Dog's rabidly-anticipated new survival adventure The Last of Us does a phenomenal job of making you really care about its two protagonists, Joel and Ellie.

Partly through Neil Druckman's nuanced writing, partly through the tactile, reactive gameplay, and partly through the pitch-perfect performances of the voiceover cast, The Last of Us packs an almighty emotional wallop to go with its blockbuster action set-pieces.

It's bar-setting stuff from the Uncharted studio, and these are characters that will resonate with you long after the game's epic conclusion.

To find out a little more about how Naughty Dog pulled it off, we sat down for a quick chat with Ashley Johnson, the young actress bringing world-weary teen Ellie to life.

PlayStation.Blog: How did you first get involved with the project?
 
Ashley Johnson: My voice-over agent sent me the audition and asked if I'd be interested in doing a video game. She warned me that it was motion capture and that whole...
 

The Last of Us: Pre-Order Digital Edition & Season Pass, DLC Details

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60w ago - Naughty Dog Community Strategist Eric Monacelli shared pre-order details today on The Last of Us: Digital Edition & Season Pass alongside the video game's DLC below.

To quote: The Last of Us arrives in just a few weeks. We're happy to let you know you can pre-order the full digital edition of the game starting today on the PlayStation Store.

The game will be a Day 1 Digital download - this means you can get it at midnight on June 14th. The digital edition features a unique download installer which will allow you to start playing the game once the game data is a little over half way downloaded.

[Register or Login to view links] is a universe rich in character and story with many facets that we could potentially explore for years. We're getting started by announcing that there will be three packs of downloadable content for The Last of Us available after the game launches.

If you want to lock in all three of those DLC packs at discounted price, step up now and grab the Season Pass. The Last of Us Season Pass DLC is available for pre-order now on PlayStation Store - only $19.99 for three DLC Packs.

This is a 30% savings over the pricing of the DLC packs individually. The Season Pass will be available at your local GameStop when you pick up The...
 

Video: The Last of Us Dev Series Episode 3: Death and Choices

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61w ago - Naughty Dog Community Strategist Eric Monacelli shared a video today from The Last of Us development series Episode 3 dubbed Death and Choices below.

To quote: We took a look at the Infected in our first video in The Last of Us Development series. We then explored the game world and nature's reclamation of civilization as we know it in our second video, Wasteland Beautiful.

Our third video, Death and Choices, investigates what it means to be a survivor in the world of The Last of Us and how Joel and Ellie cope with the harsh realities of post-pandemic society. Watch it now:

Survival is moment to moment in the world of The Last of Us. There are stark consequences to every decision that's made and if Joel and Ellie want to survive they'll need to scavenge the environment for every possible advantage. Learning to craft more potent weapons from makeshift materials or take defensive precautions using found objects will be critical to their continued survival.

Up next, our penultimate video in the series will spotlight the combat mechanics and the intimate nature of conflict in The Last of Us.

The in-depth documentary we have been creating grew so large that we are currently seeking a unique way to distribute it. We'll have details about how you can get the feature-length...
 

Hands on with The Last of Us on PlayStation 3: Whatever It Takes

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62w ago - Sony Social Media Manager Sid Shuman went hands on today with The Last of Us on the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

Below are the details, to quote: I'm low on ammo, so I clumsily swing my two-by-four at the incoming Clicker - dumb move. The creature sinks its fetid teeth into my jugular, chirping with malevolent glee as it rips out a gobbet of flesh. Arterial blood spurts across my face, now contorted in shock and agony.

I'm dead. This time, I try a different approach. I combine one of my remaining rags and a precious bottle of alcohol to create a Molotov cocktail, then hurl it towards the abomination. Flames envelop the lumbering shape as it wails and collapses, dead at last. I'm alive - for a little while longer.

The Last of Us isn't afraid to kill you, over and over if need be. And that's a big part of its considerable charm. As you struggle to survive the game's inhospitable world, limping from one nail-biting combat scenario to the next, you'll feel strangely alive and alert.

In an era of game development that - at least to this old-timer - tends to babysit players with tutorials and handholding to dial down any chance of frustration, this game's unapologetically tough-as-nails approach feels both refreshing and quietly revolutionary. Remember when games used...
 
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