The Last Of Us gets crushingly tough difficulty mode next month

PlayStation 3 action game to add "Grounded Mode" for single-player starting week of May 5 as part of final DLC.

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Naughty Dog has announced that the Grounded DLC for its acclaimed PlayStation 3 action game The Last of Us--which includes a new and crushingly challenging difficulty mode--will arrive the week of May 5 across the world.

The Grounded DLC was announced last month and one of its main offerings is a new, uber-hard single-player difficulty mode called Grounded Mode. "The AI is relentless, smart, and brutal, and survival will be near impossible," Naughty Dog says. This mode is included with the $20 Last of Us Season Pass or it can be purchased for $5.

The DLC, which is the final expansion included with the Season Pass, also packs in the Reclaimed Territories Map Pack ($10 separately). This includes four new maps: Wharf, Capitol, Coal Mine, and Water Tower.

The Grounded expansion also adds a new weapon bundle ($6 separately), skills bundle ($4 separately), and a free gun--the Full-Auto Rifle--for all players. The Last of Us DLC pass will remain available for purchase until May 13, after which you'll need to buy everything separately--and for a premium.

You could also wait for The Last of Us Remastered, which includes the main game and previously released DLC for $60 when it launches later this year on the PlayStation 4.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

55 comments
Infinite_713
Infinite_713

...or they can make the DLC free since difficulty increase is the main add on

Garm31
Garm31

$5 for a tweak to the A.I? Nah! Stick it up your ass.

NTM23
NTM23

I don't know how I feel about this. On one hand, it'd be pretty dumb not to put this on the PS4 version at release, but then it would be kind of dumb to make PS3 owners pay for it, though I guess you can look at it like it's early access...

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Pay for a harder difficulty

Pay for an edge in multiplayer

Fuck Naughty Dog, you're too naughty now.

nazart81
nazart81

Paying for a harder mode is bull, but I gave in and I bought the season pass. I hope it is as hard as they say, it's been some time since the last controller I broke on my wall.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Well, good thing I have the Season Pass, otherwise, paid Difficulty? WTF Naughty Dog!?

ghost140
ghost140

Just like paid demos, paying for difficulty modes, is another trend being followed and we cant expect to see more of this in the future.

Jay2528
Jay2528

I don't dislike or hate DLC, but it is annoying when a new difficulty for a game is released as paid DLC.

atopp399
atopp399

I'll wait till TLoU remastered is about $10 in the bargain bin when I get my PS4 in a couple of years.

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

I appreciate the new hard mode and DLC, but w/ the PS4 release rumored to be 6 weeks later, I think I'll wait to try the new hard mode on PS4 w/ amazing graphics.


Still disappointed there's no 3D compatibility mode :/

cboye18
cboye18

Or you could've give it for free to appease those who paid $60 for your game. Don't be an EA. 

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

Cool. I've been looking for an excuse to play TLOU again *cracks knuckles*.


So.. is this new difficulty mode just harder A.I./lower health etc. Or does it contain some kinda permadeath thing?

weygan
weygan

Sounds good, sent from my iPhone

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

I saw this for preorder on the PSN store yesterday, and wondered to myself... are they going to release the old version on PSNow and the Remastered version?

djentmaven
djentmaven

I need the LOU PS4 release date ASAP Naughty Dog!!!

wookiegr
wookiegr

Any difficulty harder than hard for every game should just be called Dark Souls mode.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Also since this is an article about TLOU, I wouldn't be surprised if Chev shows up any moment now.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Still getting the Remastered Edition only because I miss out Left Behind, it comes with all DLC, and most of all, TLOU is an awesome game, just like Tomb Raider.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Yet somehow it's still easier than Ninja Gaiden Black on Ninja Dog

TheLazyClown
TheLazyClown

@Infinite_713  not at all. If it includes maps, weapons, and perks, then I don't think it should be free. $5 isn't bad at all. But I'm still getting the season pass soon.

itsbriguy
itsbriguy

@nazart81  "I completely disagree with this and want my make my opinion heard! I mean, I still caved and bought the product I didn't want to, but that doesn't mean anything, right?"

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@djentmaven  I'm fairly certain it was said as June I thought..


EDIT: Ah, not officially announced for June 20th, "leaks" say June 20th though.

djentmaven
djentmaven

@EasyComeEasyGo  Dark Souls 2 for PC is a perfect example of why anyone should get LOU on PS4 if they enjoyed it. The steady framerate and 1080p just make a better experience period. All the extra stuff included makes it even better.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Don't forget Battletoads, that's a Hell of a challenge.

djentmaven
djentmaven

@noandno  funny part is games like Witcher and Mass Effect have 10x the dialog and cut scenes. 90 percent of LOU is exploration/combat gameplay. It is so obvious you are just a hater.

allyouneedisluv
allyouneedisluv

@flyincloud1116 @allyouneedisluv @itmustbepaul @noandno  Make me.... Bitch