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Called to duty

Called to duty: Two Naughty Dog designers join Infinity Ward


Welp
Aug 01
// Steven Hansen
A couple of Naughty Dogs have gone to join Riley the Call of Duty dog at Infinity Ward. Twelve year Naughty Dog veteran and narrative design lead Taylor Kurosaki split to the nationalistic shooter factory, he announ...

How to stop sucking at The Last of Us multiplayer

Jul 30 // Kyle MacGregor
Running Running is terrible. Do not do it. You wouldn't run in the single-player campaign. A clicker would eat Joel's face before he could even break a sweat. Running in multiplayer is similarly stupid.  In a game about stealth and survival the last thing you want to do is tell the enemy where you are. And this is exactly what running does. Should you not heed this sage advice, you'll pop up on the opponent's radar. This is not a good thing. Unless it's a life or death situation and you need to get away quickly, running just isn't worth it. You're liable to have someone creep up behind you and shiv you in the neck. That someone is me. People who run are my favorite. They are easy to kill. Don't be my favorite. Medical malpractice Again, this game is about survival more than anything. Getting kills is good. Staying alive is better. And if your chief goal is not dying, your secondary mission should be preventing your teammates from doing the same. It doesn't matter how good you are if one of your pals is draining your shared bank account of lives. So, how do you do that? Well, death is a two step process. First you'll get "downed," which means you get to crawl around on the ground for a bit while bleeding out. However, should a friend amble over to your soon-to-be corpse, they can help get you back on your feet. This allows you to keep on truckin' and your mate will get some points for the trouble. It's a win-win, really.  I've bled at out people's feet before, though. Some people will just refuse to heal you for no good reason. Don't be one of these people. These people are the worst. Stealing kills  The second stage of dying is "executions." While bleeders are crawling around, you can shoot at them or stomp on their head or whatever sick thing your heart desires. Doing this means their teammates won't be able to rescue them. It also earns you some points. Now, points are just lovely. They let you buy things like shotguns and body armor. I like shotguns and body armor. So, naturally, stealing someone's ability to get some goodies by swooping in and taking the products of their hard-earned murder is kind of a dick move. This isn't the biggest deal in the world, but you might want that guy you stole from to help you later on. And maybe he'd rather let you bleed out at his feet while he messages you homophobic epithets over PSN. This thing I do to be a jerk Sometimes you and an enemy will both "down" one another simultaneously. The hope in these situations is that one of your pals will save you. It doesn't always happen, though. Say all your buddies are on the other side of the map and you're certain to die. In these instances I'll position my body in such a way that it prevents my fallen foes from getting extricated by their comrades. Basically, if I'm going down I'm taking you with me. I'm a jerk like that. Maybe you have honor, though. Or maybe I'm the person you "downed." In these cases you may wish to reconsider. I do not enjoy getting my just desserts. Lone wolfing it In team sports, being selfish is generally discouraged. A solid unit is likely to outperform a group of folks running around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off. In terms of The Last of Us, wandering off on your own only to find yourself surrounded isn't a great feeling. I'm guilty, of course, which is why I find myself in situations where I use my dying body to prevent my enemies from being rescued. This is mostly because that one guy in my party won't stop running and keeps giving away my position while I'm trying to sneak up on someone and shiv them in the neck. Ugh. That guy obviously didn't read the first rule listed in this article.  Pretending to be a DJ  This one is just a personal pet peeve of mine. Right now, there are 167 different people around the world letting a mess of others know just how crappy their taste in music is via tinny headset mics.  These people deserve to die. You know, someday. Peacefully in their sleep at the ripe old age of 87 and surrounded by loving grandchildren, I hope. But maybe before that day arrives they'll be walking by a puddle and a car will splash them with muddy water. Comeuppance.  Other than that, the best advice I can give you is to keep your head down, be sneaky, and shoot to kill. It's a brutal game and you're probably going to suck at it for a while. You'll get better, though. Maybe. As long as you don't run. Running is just awful.
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Don't make these mistakes
Have you played The Last of Us yet? Maybe, maybe not. You probably should, though. It's really a lovely game. And it's now on PS4, which means there's an actual reason to use that thing as something other than a Netflix deliv...

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This one's for you, Morph.
Today there are a bunch of new trailers for games like Assassin's Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and The Last of Us Remastered (which is on sale) but Bill and I would rather talk about superhero cartoons from twenty years ago, and guns we can't remember the names of in Unreal Tournament. 

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Last of Us

The Last of Us has another ending that will never be released


As per the live event show
Jul 29
// Chris Carter
During the recent Last of Us live event, in addition to live performances of scenes from actors and the soundtrack, there was a surprise for fans. It's an extra epilogue ending of sorts that takes place after the game, ...
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GRAFIX

Can you tell the difference between Last of Us PS3 and PS4?


Might run smoother in person than on YouTube
Jul 29
// Steven Hansen
I can't. Okay, okay, there's definitely some extra clarity in the brickwork and people look a bit more yellow than pink. 
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The Last of Us Remastered

The Last of Us Remastered is getting its own bundle in Canada


Oh, it's The Last of Us...again...
Jul 28
// Brittany Vincent
You probably thought you'd heard the last of The Last of Us. Well, you were wrong. And I'm sure there are still people out there who have yet to play it, after all this time -- probably in Canada. That's why Sony has announce...
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Pre-Troy Baker

Last of Us: Ellie's voice actor almost got in a fight with the first Joel


Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson talk about meeting
Jul 28
// Steven Hansen
Here's a fun bit of trivia: Ashley Johnson, Ellie in The Last of Us, almost got into a fight with one of the actors first considered for the role of Joel. A heated push during acting and subsequent push back almost led to fi...
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The Last of Us

PSA: The Last of Us live performance will be streaming tonight


10 pm ET, 7 pm PT
Jul 28
// Brett Makedonski
Remember that news about The Last of Us being performed live in Santa Monica for a one-off show that's being produced by Geoff Keighley? The one where a bunch of the game's actors will be on-hand to act out key scenes? ...
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Not Pokemon Snap

Cordycep snap: Last of Us PS4 photo mode detailed


I like this trend
Jul 25
// Steven Hansen
I already wrote about how much I loved the idea behind inFamous: Second Son's photo mode and I'm glad to see the trend continuing, even if it's an obvious marketing thing. Taking cool pictures is fun. Plus, in that article I made a great Ansel Adams Family joke. This video explains how to go about snapping shots in The Last of Us' PS4 remaster. 
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The Last of Us

More The Last of Us movie details out of Comic-Con


Game of Thrones' Arya Stark might be Ellie
Jul 25
// Jordan Devore
We already knew that a live-action The Last of Us movie was in the works at Screen Gems, but additional details surrounding the project have been announced today at San Diego Comic-Con. Game co-director and writer Neil Druckm...
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Comic-Con print

Olly Moss Last of Us print makes disgusting fungal infections beautiful


By Olly Moss and Jay Shaw
Jul 25
// Steven Hansen
Very nice, isn't it? Olly Moss showed off this classy Last of Us print from Comic-Con, done in collaboration with Jay Shaw. I highly suggest clicking Shaw's linked name and visiting a huge collection of wonderful posters. Give your eyes a treat. 
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BioShock

These PlayStation demakes transport you to a simpler time


Someone get these artists jobs in the industry, y'all
Jul 23
// Brittany Vincent
It's never been all about the graphics for me. I can appreciate slick environments and the ability to watch sweat roll down my rugged protagonist's brow. But truth be told, I've always had a thing for PlayStation-era graphics...
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Last of Us deal

GameStop is offering a PS3 to PS4 trade-in deal for Last of Us


GameStop do what Sony don't
Jul 23
// Chris Carter
When The Last of Us comes out on PS4 soon, it'll be sold for $50. To help alleviate the cost a bit for previous owners of the PS3 version, you can trade-in your old copy at GameStop starting July 27, and pick up the PS4 ...
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The Last of Us

Geoff Keighley's producing a live performance of The Last of Us


One Night Live
Jul 21
// Brett Makedonski
In recent years, The Last of Us has been held among many as a shining example of what narrative in videogames can accomplish. In one week, we'll get to see if its story translates fluidly to other mediums, as it'll be p...
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Rest of us: Not considering Last of Us 2 'would be a disservice to ourselves and our fans'


So says Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer told VideoGamer that Naughty Dog is still exploring ideas for a Last of Us sequel. Apparently not doing so, "would be a disservice to ourselves and our fans." I don't know abou...
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Last of Us PS4

The Last of Us Remastered has a 30fps option, more fixins


Draw distances improved, for instance
Jul 16
// Chris Carter
While MeriStation writer Javi Andres was attending a presentation that discussed the features of the new Last of Us Remaster on the PS4, a few details were presented that really give us a big picture of what to expect. F...
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The rest of us

Sony: 'Huge portion' of PS4 owners never played The Last of Us


The rest of us
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
It's easy to get up in word arms -- "milking," "cash grab" -- about re-releases, but I am generally for them. No one is saying you have to buy Final Fantasy IV again, but a lot of people still haven't played it. No one w...
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The Last of Us PS4 bundle

The Last of Us PS4 bundle probably won't be the last of these PS4 bundles


Only in Europe for now
Jun 27
// Brett Makedonski
Sony's finally so much as confirmed that it's looking to the remastering of 2013's The Last of Us to try to move some of its new consoles. The European PlayStation Blog revealed the existence of a The Last of Us PS...
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PS4

The Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle spotted


Amazon France gives the heads up
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
No official announcement out of Sony, but it seems there's a PlayStation 4 bundle featuring The Last of Us Remastered on the way. Amazon France lists the package for release on July 30, 2014. This upgraded version of The Last of Us may not be an all-new game, but it's a meaningful exclusive for PlayStation. More than enough to warrant a bundle, in other words.
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Last of Us PS4

It looks like The Last of Us PS4 pre-orders will be refunded after all


It didn't look good for a while
Jun 23
// Chris Carter
For the most part, the policy on the PSN (and a lot of other digital outlets) is a 100% "no refund" policy. When you pre-order something, the price is locked in, your bank account is drained, and you're committed. That seemed...
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Spoilers
Here's a proper trailer for The Last of Us Remastered, coming to PlayStation 4 on July 29, 2014. Looks fantastic, visually -- but is that enough for another playthrough? The video assumes you have already gone through the PS3 version (or have a reckless disregard for spoilers). So don't watch it if that doesn't describe you.

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Last of Us X Diablo III

The Last of Us creatures infect Diablo III: Reaper of Souls on PS4


A strange crossover
Jun 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Well, this is certainly a strange reveal. The various forms of infected from The Last of Us will be crossing over into Diablo III: Reaper of Souls on PlayStation 4.
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Naughty Dog

The Last of Us directors are now leads on Uncharted


Naughty Dog has a second project in pre-production
Jun 02
// Jordan Devore
Game Informer sat down with Naughty Dog co-presidents Christophe Balestra and Evan Wells to chat about the state of the company, the next Uncharted, and another project in early production. Departures at the studio, including...
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The Last of US PS4

Naughty Dog: Porting The Last of Us to PS4 was hell


'I canít describe how difficult a task that is' - creative director Neil Druckmann
May 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Remastering The Last of Us for PlayStation 4 isn't as simple as flipping a switch, according to Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann. Speaking in an interview with Edge, the creative director explained the developer "expected it to b...
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Weekend Wallpapers: The Reaper of Souls is here


Art out your desktop
May 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Every now and again we like to dump a collection of gaming related wallpapers for you. Why? Well, why not? It's the weekend, and now is a good as time as any to change up your aging desktop wallpaper. The collection in the ga...
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Last of Us PS4

The Last of Us on PS4 almost didn't fit on the disc


An interesting take at the start of a new generation
May 09
// Chris Carter
The Last of Us: Remastered is a real thing that's happening on the PS4, and the visuals are reportedly too "remastered" that they almost didn't fit on a standard Blu-Ray disc. Speaking to Edge, creative director Neil Druckman...
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Ellie art

Destructoid interprets The Last of Us concept artist's work


Ellie, what are you doing?
May 06
// Dale North
[Update: Even more responses added.] We didn't know what to make of the tease from The Last of Us concept artist Marek Okon earlier this week. Okon said,"Is it about TLOU2? Not really... Maybe... Its classified ;P" We kn...
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The Last of Us

Trailer highlights The Last of Us' Reclaimed Territories DLC


Multiplayer content and Grounded Mode out this week
May 05
// Jordan Devore
This week, The Last of Us gets its final batch of DLC in the form of Reclaimed Territories, a collection of additional content multiplayer content like maps, skills, and weapons, as well as the challenging new Grounded Mode ...
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The Last of Us concept artist teases something with artwork


Ellie?
May 05
// Dale North
Marek Okon worked as a concept artist on The Last of Us. He posted a piece of art on his Facebook account with the text "let me tease you something... Its coming." To me, this looks like Ellie from The Last of Us. But this co...
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The Last of Us lead artist Nate Wells leaves Naughty Dog


Heads to Unfinished Swan dev Giant Sparrow
Apr 21
// Dale North
[Correction: Wells was the lead artist for The Last of Us, and not the art director.] Uncharted directors Amy Hennig and Justin Richmond have left Naughty Dog this year, and now The Last of Us lead artist Nate Wells...






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