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The Last of Us – Character, Story Details and Online Mode Teased

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Posted on February 6, 2012 AT 07:46am

THE BUZZ: Some new details have surfaced regarding Naughty Dog’s PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us, discussing the game’s characters, story and even a hint of an online mode.

The new information comes courtesy of the latest issue of Game Informer.

Ellie, the young girl from the trailer, is an orphan living in a military quarantine zone. Due to her only knowing destruction and devastation she is fascinated by items from the past such as books and CDs. Joel, the man from the trailer, is said to be in his late 40s and is a weapons/drugs smuggler who moves items past military checkpoints.

The infection, which has caused the current catastrophy, is transferable through the air, but only in incredibly high concentrations. Anyone found to be infected is immediately executed by the military. Naughty Dog has promised a self-contained story, meaning there will be no loose ends.

The game begins with Joel attempting to sneak Ellie out of a safe zone, after promising a dying friend that he would get her out of the city.

Finally when asked about an online mode Bruce Straley, the game’s Director, revealed that the game is, ”going to have some sort of online component.”

“We’re working on a bunch of ideas, but we haven’t nailed anything down. We definitely know it’s going to be awesome,” he added.

If this is not enough for you, check out more details here.

EGM’s TAKE: The Last of Us seems to be on par with the Uncharted series in terms of quality and story, but it also appears to be offering something that Drake can’t, an end of the world apocalypse. The dual main character mechanic has been a sticking point for many games over the years, whether because of poor AI or from the second character being too weak and dependent. Luckily naughty Dog appears to be making this its main point of focus, promising top notch AI for Ellie, giving her the ability to hold her own in combat and actually be helpful. There’s a lot of potential in the game, which of course leads to high expectations. Can Naughty Dog deliver yet another hit?

What features would you like to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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