Where I left off from my last blog Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 1 and Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 2 and Happy 30 Years of Naughty Dog Part 3 we continue with the fourth and final part of Naughty Dog 30 years starting off with Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter and then Uncharted but before we talk about the final part of Naughty Dog work on The Last of Us let's take a look back at their earliest work.
In 1994 Naughty Dog released another game on the 3DO which was called Way of the Warrior which was pretty much ripping off the same idea and gameplay elements to what Mortal Kombat had but Way of the Warrior wasn't as gory as Mortal Kombat was when it comes to comparing fighting like these. Production of Way of the Warrior began in 1993. During that time Naughty Dog was bankrupt, and barely had any money to finish the game. Friends of the company were enlisted to portray the game's characters. Naughty Dog could not afford a bluescreen or any kind of motion capture backdrop, a yellow sheet was glued to a wall in the developer’s apartment. However, the apartment turned out to be too small. To film the moves in the game, Jason Rubin had to open the front door and shoot from the apartment hallway. The neighbours mistakenly believed that the crew were filming adult films. Pillow cases and sheets, various items within the apartment, McDonald’s Happy Meals and inexpensive knick knacks were used to create the costumes of the characters. To round out the experience, Jason Rubin joined in and participated by portraying two of the characters in the game.
Comparing this to their most recent work on The Last of Us which was released almost a year ago for the PS3 you can really tell how far they have come when it comes to video games it's pretty obvious that The Last of Us was pretty much the Game of the Year for 2013 from both critics and gamers alike, plus winning 10 awards at DICE 2013.
Working secrecy on The Last of Us for two years after completing Uncharted 2 prior to announcement; the game went gold on May 15, 2013. To compensate for the goal of creating a new IP as well as continuing the Uncharted series at the same time, Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Ballestra had ordered the splitting of the company into two teams, with one team going on to develop Uncharted 3 and the other The Last of Us.
This was supposed to be the last biggest game to be released for the PlayStation 3 before most games make a jump to the next-gen console. The Last of Us takes the gameplay and story to a different direction unlike any other games based on survival. What really makes this game special is its cliffhanging story based on Joel who is a single father during the outbreak known as Cordyceps fungus ravages the United States. Joel loses his daughter. Twenty years later Joel is pretty much making a living on what's left of civilization which was destroyed by the infected. Joel goes on a journey with a young girl called Ellie who is infected but it hasn't taken control of her. So Joel and Ellie head to the Fireflies outside quarantine.
Based on a 3rd person game this is more of a survival game based on reality, you maybe be thinking of The Walking Dead meets Uncharted but you're actually wrong on that part. You do get to punch and attack enemies using your fists or guns you'll pick up along the way, you can use weapons like a plank of wood or even a metal pipe. Along the way you do find various materials and items which can be used to customize health kits, smoke grenades or even making a plank of wood into an even more dangerous weapon. The environments throughout the whole game are breath taking to look at from ruined cites to the snowy mountains, you can easily get stuck into this world very easily. Voice acting is yet another key feature that makes the game perfect hearing both Joel's and Ellie's voice make you want to play the game more and more, hearing the odd creeps and sounds make get a chill down your spine and of course listening to the sound around you during gameplay. Even hearing the soundtrack can be a little emotional to listen during both cutscenes and gameplay.
Everything about The Last of Us made this game perfect from its gameplay and story there was even talk on a movie which is in the works but can it pull off the same story and motion capture to what the game had? Left Behind is the DLC content which was released on PSN back in February which follows Ellis relationship with her best friend Riley from the military boarding school they both grew up in. After inexplicably disappearing for weeks, Riley reemerges in Ellie’s life with a surprising revelation. The two sneak out of their school for the last time, leading to a series of events that will forever change both of their lives. This also got reviews even tough that it was a little over-priced and fans kept complaining that Left Behind was a little short but it was still worth the purchase.
With the PS4 version getting released in June there rumors that there could be a discount deal if you've already bought the PS3 version meaning that you could pay The Remastered version at a cheaper price if you want play it on the PS4. I guess nothing can stop Naughty Dog on releasing it for the PS4 if it already won over 200 years on the PS3 but however there is still a little more to look forward on The Last of Us where the next DLC is getting released which introduces a new difficulty mode and some new multiplayer maps for a small price on PSN.
So what will Naughty Dog next in the later? We know that there will be another Uncharted game to the PS4 but likely more information on that will be mentioned at E3 in June. But what have been your favourite games from Naughty Dog or what do you want to see out of Naughty Dog next? Let us know in the comments-