The Last of Us Preview

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The game itself, in its presentation, is very much inspired by the movie No Country for Old Men by the Coen Brothers. The movie has ridiculous amounts of tension and a very minimalist presentation. It barely had twenty minutes of a soundtrack and used the ambient noises of the scene to provide drama. There's no dramatic sweeping overtures in The Last of Us. Mostly, players will be hearing the sound of someone down the hall, or the heavy adrenaline filled breaths of Joel, or the sounds of a building finally collapsing after being destroyed from the inside by unchecked nature. That's not to say that there isn't a soundtrack. Naughty Dog have called upon the talents of Academy Award winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, who wrote the soundtracks for Brokeback Mountain and Babel, both of which won him Academy Awards.

This is not Ellen Page, despite her appearance. And voice.

The world of The Last of Us is all about what society would be like without the people who inhabit it. Instead of being the usual dystopia like scenes that we are so often introduced to in video games, The Last of Us goes about the environment in a different manner. While most post-apocalyptic games go for the dull grays or dirty browns, the environment in The Last of Us is more lush and actually kind of pretty. Gorgeous greens and shimmering waters run rampant throughout the cities that have long since been abandoned.

The only appropriate response to someone with fungus on the brain.

The Last of Us looks to be an intense survival game that stands out among the rest. While this isn't the usual tone that Naughty Dog is known for, it looks like they are going to hit the nail on the head with this one. Look for The Last of Us coming later this year, exclusively on the Playstation 3.

Scott Pell

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