The Last of Us - it's the time of the season

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oh good lord shut the fuck up

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:56 (seven years ago) link

the gaming yankee foxtrot hotel has arrived

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:57 (seven years ago) link

ok haha so despite not actually starring ellen page, the character from this looks uh exactly like ellen page?!

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:58 (seven years ago) link

wait, they got 10/10 from God as a Geek????????? *runs to store*

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:59 (seven years ago) link

and her characters name? you guessed it: frank stallone ellie

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:01 (seven years ago) link


joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:03 (seven years ago) link

never forget

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:07 (seven years ago) link

actually, is there a gritty adventure narrative rhythm game out there? I would totally play that

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:09 (seven years ago) link

just play bit trip runner on a half broken black and white tv, that should get you there

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:12 (seven years ago) link

until i see video demonstrating otherwise i assume this game is just zombie uncharted with some handwringing over the murdering

adam, Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:21 (seven years ago) link

gameplay looks the same, the molotov cocktail throw in the video above is exactly like uncharted grenades. i think main difference is that its more rpg, open world, carrying items, etc. i could be wrong tho

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:25 (seven years ago) link

the laboured choking and the head-smashing are quite different from the tone of uncharted

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:27 (seven years ago) link

actually this isn't rpg at all so nm

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:33 (seven years ago) link

ok i am getting this tomorrow and if it is anything less than gaming's citizen kane moment i am going to have been misled by advertising yet again

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:40 (six years ago) link

this isnt the citizen kane of gaming... citizen kane is the The Last Of Us of cinema

i wanna be a gabbneb baby (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:44 (six years ago) link

that jpg has many ilx appropriate applications

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:42 (six years ago) link

my hopes for this game are right around the level of gaming's lethal weapon moment, or at my most giddily optmstic, gaming's ghostbusters moment, although the original ghostbusters game had a fair claim to that distinction.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:45 (six years ago) link

it was pretty cool but man the loading times

Nhex, Thursday, 13 June 2013 13:53 (six years ago) link

gaming's citizen kane with andy warhol's loading times

am0n, Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:05 (six years ago) link

day 1 server issues :B

am0n, Friday, 14 June 2013 17:36 (six years ago) link

kenjataimu (cozen), Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:00 (six years ago) link

i am not sure this is gaming's citizen kane moment, but it is very good

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:24 (six years ago) link

it doesn't start off promisingly - for the first few sections of the game it doesn't hold your hand so much as take the controller, sit you down with a hot drink, and say 'listen, let me do this bit ok?'. but it gets beyond that, although it never quite stops giving you helpful nudges. it feels initially like it is aiming for Uncharted: Heavy Rain of Zombies but once it gets going it surpasses that low bar without effort. the basic gameplay is very simple and i did wonder if i really wanted to throw however many hours at doing the same thing over and over, but the game manages to keep contriving situations that refuse to let you just fall back on what worked last time, and that is probably the most impressive achievement. it's never scary but it is frequently intense. however it is as linear as all get out, no more illusion of choice of direction than i dunno operation wolf, so if you have a philosophical problem with that look elsewhere i guess.

supplies are scarce enough that you actually have to think about what your doing, which is essential for a game like this to work and if i'd have had to pick a place they'd have gone wrong that probably would've been it. it does look great, and the recognizable bits of boston at the start are very cool. the story and the characters and the voice acting etc are all at least reasonably intelligent but as usual the assumption is that gamers are impervious to subtlety, so none of it is what it could or should be to deserve the critical jizz.

so yeah, it is very good. it's paced so you can't put the controller down because you always feel like you're in the middle of something, but there is also a genuine feeling of not wanting to stop, of wanting to know what's next, and that's as much of a recommendation as anything imo.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:41 (six years ago) link

how much space does it need to install on ps3? (ive only got the 12gb hd)

NI, Sunday, 16 June 2013 19:03 (six years ago) link

it's 26gb so it will want 52 gb (!) to download and install.

adam, Sunday, 16 June 2013 19:50 (six years ago) link

i mean from disc version - i've written off ever downloading anything on this flimsy thing

NI, Monday, 17 June 2013 02:05 (six years ago) link

operation wolf!! i have not thought about that game in literally years

the bitcoin comic (thomp), Monday, 17 June 2013 21:52 (six years ago) link

Anyone else getting a Children of Men vibe from this?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:09 (six years ago) link

getting a citizen kane vibe
for christmas
lil orson welles head that takes three AA batteries

i didn't even give much of a fuck that you were mod (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 20:06 (six years ago) link

hey remember how you were like man i love uncharted's shitty gameplay but all these engaging characters and this breezy story are really dragging me down? have i got the game for u

adam, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 22:46 (six years ago) link

like right at the beginning of the game this little girl dies and it's like who cares but the protagonist is fuckin freaking out and it's just like that heavy rain glitch video where dude is like SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN

adam, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 23:21 (six years ago) link


am0n, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 02:06 (six years ago) link

This is good so far!

lego maniac cop (latebloomer), Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:57 (six years ago) link

i'm kinda tempted? I don't like uncharted at all though.

i didn't even give much of a fuck that you were mod (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 June 2013 18:05 (six years ago) link

I played Uncharted 2 for about 30 minutes and decided it wasn't for me. This, on the other hand, I started playing a couple nights ago and so far it totally rules, it's exactly Half-Life but it's too pretty and fun to not enjoy it.

align="justify" font="ancient" (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 20 June 2013 18:53 (six years ago) link

Just on a technical level, I am super impressed with how fluid it moves from "you're playing" to "watch this!". And (barring the insanely long install time) the loading times are fluid and wonderful. Zero inventory management. Skyrim was the only other Big PS3 game I felt compelled to complete but this one kills it. Critic hyperbole otm, imo

align="justify" font="ancient" (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 20 June 2013 18:58 (six years ago) link

lol @ "completing" skyrim

am0n, Thursday, 20 June 2013 19:02 (six years ago) link

I said "compelled to complete", not that I completed it

align="justify" font="ancient" (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 20 June 2013 19:07 (six years ago) link

I did complete a lot of it :( despite agonizing load times :(

align="justify" font="ancient" (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 20 June 2013 19:09 (six years ago) link

me too, i even shamefully bought dlc :|

i watched part of a last of us playthrough and the boston ruins made me think of hl2. i guess the clickers wouldn't be out of place in ravenholm. i'm good with the uncharted style controls as long as the targeting isn't crappy

am0n, Thursday, 20 June 2013 19:55 (six years ago) link

i am not gonna say anything about the ending except to say that it is kinda worth saying something about and not necessarily in a negative way

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 20 June 2013 20:48 (six years ago) link

Loved the game but was so worried about the frequency of pastiche that was abundant during it's 14hr journey that I was afraid the ending would head the same direction. The turn it takes is fantastic, not so much a plot-twist as something you should have expected to have seen coming... and are, actually, given constant evidence of throughout the course of the game, not just gameplay tidbits in between purely relevant 20 second cut-scene segments. I really loved it, the game and how it eventually chose to close itself.

kelpolaris, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 22:31 (six years ago) link

No spoilers, but vague details abundant

What I especially love is fact that that the game does not take your actions as a summation of the entire fate of the universe.... it starts as a character study and ends as such. The side characters you meet throughout the course of the game I initially thought were a bit irrelevant and undeveloped until I realized there is this large thematic string between all of these people and the ways they cope with loss. Everyone has their own dramatic reaction, and every reaction befits their own definition of self-preservation... whether identity, quality of life, or actualized existence.

Still, I am a bit askew as to what benefit having Ellie modeled after Ellen Page did for the series. Did they really find that we couldn't emote w/ a videogame character unless we had an already established connective node with them already? Were they afraid of creating a side character that was too generic to care for?

kelpolaris, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 22:36 (six years ago) link

I haven't completed it yet!

Finding the fungus flowers in dark places never ceased to creep me out, like, the fuck out

ah I was wondering why she looked so familiar the whole time. Was it actually Ellen Page? Tommy and Henry look really familiar, too.

There's no official evidence to posit Ellen Page as Ellie's inspiration but it's all I could think about a year ago, seeing the videos teased for this at e3. Ellen Page actually addressed the likeliness with disapproval just recently:

Tommy & Henry hit me immediately as Walt and Michael, from Lost.

Running with this theme, the developers behind Bioshock: Infinite cited the fact that they changed Elizabeth's initial look to resemble that of Disney's Belle (Beauty & The Beast) to make her expressions more emotionally charged and "real" in circumstance of her face... everything being super-expressed and all. I'm taking this cue and thinking that Naughty Dog did something somewhat akin in trying to give us a character with a face we wouldn't forget, especially considering the basis of the game's plot depends on an emotional connection with this character....

...which is a weird move, I think, as there's a fair amount of evidence from too many other videogames that we can become attached to a character without their possessing a physical allusion to something we already know, and likely like. Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2 looks like nobody else, and is most definitely one of few videogame characters I can recall from memory as being particularly memorable.

kelpolaris, Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:51 (six years ago) link

started this last night, beginning was cool, i liked the flash-forward 20 years, and then all of the sudden i was spending an hour walking through houses and helping a lady climb on things

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Sunday, 30 June 2013 16:45 (six years ago) link

that could be an ok evening

the bitcoin comic (thomp), Sunday, 30 June 2013 17:41 (six years ago) link

Seeing ads and reviews for this make me want to brave my PS3-induced motion sickness and give it a shot.

Stately, plump Carey Mulleeegan (Leee), Saturday, 6 July 2013 02:08 (six years ago) link

(I never got too far beyond that, though.)

I Don't Have Any Ears, I Am Positive (Old Lunch), Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:05 (one year ago) link

They've made a point of emphasizing that story is an important context for the apparent ultra violence of the sequel. Likewise, as discussed elsewhere, there is apparently more emotional payoff to Uncharted 4 if you've played the previous games. Most games and esp. game series have mere scenarios or setups for action, or boast pretty elliptical/confusing/optional narratives. But as graphics get better and better and more and more "realistic," and games intersect and overlap with the qualities of feature films - and as feature films become more and more like video games - I assume there will be a gradual but still ever greater emphasis on story.

Has there been a high profile (or low profile) collaboration with a game developer and A+ author or screenwriter yet?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:22 (one year ago) link

Pretty sure whoever did this has won at least a Pulitzer:

I Don't Have Any Ears, I Am Positive (Old Lunch), Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:33 (one year ago) link

i'd say there was plenty of context for the ultra-violence in the first game (at least, beyond the first Uncharted, for instance). the second one looks even more violent, but that world has already been established as pretty sickening so i wasn't that taken aback. Plus The Walking Dead has been on for like eight seasons now and has really normalized this kind of thing, for better or worse

Nhex, Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:50 (one year ago) link

if anyone cares to join me on the story tangent:

storytelling, plots, and narratives + videogames

Karl Malone, Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:53 (one year ago) link

Damn this sounds like a Plastikman track (spoiler-free!):

Nag Reddit (Leee), Friday, 28 September 2018 17:26 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Not TLOU2 news, but still:

Siouxie Sioux Vide (Leee), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:47 (one year ago) link

this is probably a good thread to say that i didn't realize until last week that life is strange 2 came out!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:52 (one year ago) link

LIS has such a cool vibe i just recently played it

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:55 (one year ago) link

I bought LIS last month! Haven't had the chance to play it yet, but nice to hear it get the ILG stamp of approval.

Siouxie Sioux Vide (Leee), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:57 (one year ago) link

there are some cringy parts and it's not for everyone but i overall loved it .

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:23 (one year ago) link

I don't know this game (LIStrange). Is it worth $5 for the "Complete Series?"

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:37 (one year ago) link


illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:41 (one year ago) link

Oh, wait, it's for PS3, don't think I can play it on PS4?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:44 (one year ago) link

I bought it for PS4! It's pricier than the PS3 version of course: $6.

Siouxie Sioux Vide (Leee), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:45 (one year ago) link

I got that a while ago, and I need to backlog the other series and the sequel before I can even start the first one right

Nhex, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:50 (one year ago) link

there's only one episode of S2 out now iirc or maybe I've misunderstood

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 22:02 (one year ago) link

Nhex, I may be misinterpreting your post but from what I've gathered, LIFE IS STRANGE can/should be played before LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM which is a prequel.

Siouxie Sioux Vide (Leee), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 22:08 (one year ago) link

i should go back to it. i played the first ep (maybe 2) and it was charming but not super compelling to me - maybe it picks up?

Mordy, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 22:15 (one year ago) link

xp ...right... also that prequel before LIS2

Nhex, Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:24 (one year ago) link

Hold up, is Life is Strange kind of a choose your own adventure game? Or are there control mechanics? If it's the former seems better suited for something like the Switch. Even then, I got Thimbleweed Park for the Switch way back and haven't really played it because I didn't find the gameplay (as such) compelling. The reviews of Life is Strange are super strong, but without seeking spoiler-y gameplay vids it looks like maybe it's a bunch of cut scenes connected by asking you to pick from a pair of choices?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:00 (one year ago) link

yes it is a story game where you make choices and walk around - not for everyone but i loved it and feel like it shares a vibe with last of us

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:03 (one year ago) link

Which I haven't played yet, but that (this) one has character mechanics, right? You control the character, fight, hide, explore, right? It just has a strong narrative on top of it, correct?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:10 (one year ago) link

Last of Us is an action/stealth game

Life Is Strange is a supernatural story game

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:40 (one year ago) link

life is strange is like a telltale game (tho not actually a telltale game)

Mordy, Thursday, 10 January 2019 14:53 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

seemed inevitable, consdidering how many movies/tv shows were blatantly inspired it since the game game out

Nhex, Thursday, 5 March 2020 23:19 (three months ago) link

hell of a time for this game to come out

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 15 March 2020 12:41 (two months ago) link

yeah, think i’ll be skipping this one for the foreseeable future tbh

uncle-knower is coming for you (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 15 March 2020 12:46 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

is it a tv show or DLC where they convert all the content to COVID-19 carriers?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 19 April 2020 20:01 (one month ago) link

Oh and apparently there's a massive story spoiler that got leaked over the weekend on Youtube, so beware.

Judd Apatowsaurus (Leee), Monday, 27 April 2020 17:29 (one month ago) link

It's gonna be an annoying two months trying to avoid those spoilers.

Nhex, Monday, 27 April 2020 17:54 (one month ago) link

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