The Last of US Director Explains the Game’s Violence

The Last of Us Cover Art | Wikipedia

The Last of Us Cover Art | Wikipedia

During its E3 stage demo, Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us” was incredible violent. Because of that, any unknowing onlooker might see the fan’s reaction to such demo as off-putting.

However, the game developer’s creative director Neil Druckmann argues that there is a reason for the game’s brutality. According to him:

The violence you see inside this world isn’t gratuitous and over-the-top just for the sake of being violent. It’s setting a tone. It’s setting a reality that Joel and Ellie are having to deal with.

Everything has to feel tense. Everything has to feel grounded in reality. The reason why we’re going for such realistic violence is because we want you to believe that the stakes are high for Ellie and Joel.

Ellie as the Game’s Moral Compass

But although the player’s journey in The Last of Us will be gory, it is said that Ellie will offer something of a moral compass. Despite being hardened by the post-apocalyptic world she has grown up in, she will still comment on Joel’s brutal actions.

As Druckmann stated, there will still be points in the game where Joel’s actions will bother Ellie. However, it is way past the point of what people might find comfortable. Druckmann also pointed out:

She probably views violence a little differently than you and I would view it. She’s lived in a world where she’s seen people get executed, she’s seen people get infected, and she’s seen people get their heads lobbed off when they get infected.

Certain battles can be stealthily avoided, but the game’s violence is inevitable because of its design. Druckmann added that while gamers have to kill in order to win, they should feel bad about it. That’s because these opponents are trying to survive as well.

Synopsis and Gameplay

Naughty Dog’s The Last of US is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure game, which focuses on Elle and Joel. Both characters trek across the post-apocalyptic America while hiding from scavengers, military forces, and the clutches of the infected.

It is set twenty years after a cordyceps-type fungus has killed millions of people. While survivors are hemmed inside a quarantine zone that is maintained under Martial Law, Joel promises to an old friend that he will bring Ellie away from the harsh regime.

Available as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, The Last of Us will come to stores worldwide on May 7, 2013.

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