Naughty Dog has released new screenshots that display the gritty realism of their PS3-exclusive survival horror adventure The Last of Us.
The newly released screenshots for Naughty Dog's survival horror adventure The Last of Us display an incredibly detailed post-apocalyptic world that pushes past the boundaries of the PlayStation 3's capabilities. The screens are impressive to say the least, and help set the tone for the upcoming game, displaying beauty even in a world that's wracked with terrifying carnage and hardship.
The Last of Us takes place two decades after a super-fungus kills off millions, and the living have been contained and sectioned off in quarantine zones, which are under the control of the United States military.
The military has instituted martial law, and thus reigns over everyone, establishing itself as a regime and enacting harsh regulations and rules with a zero tolerance on those that are infected.
The game follows two characters–Joel, a hardened black marketer who is seasoned in survival, and Ellie, a fourteen year old girl who happens to be the daughter of one of Joel's best friends. Joel makes a promise to keep Ellie free of the regime's harsh rule, and he leads Ellie away from the oppressive safety of the quarantine zones and they make their way across the wilderness.
The Last of Us chronicles the adventure of Joel and Ellie as they trek amongst scavengers and other untold dangers throughout the wild, verdant lands…yet they are constantly running from the military, as they are hunting for Ellie to return her to the zones.
Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells summarizes the game in his own words:
"The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character driven tale about a modern plague decimating mankind.
Nature encroaches upon civilization, forcing remaining survivors to kill for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States."
Naughty Dog's original post-apocalyptic adventure has been hailed as one of the most impressive-looking PlayStation 3 games, as it displays very deep realism in nearly every visual instance. Whether it's in-game cinematic, footage, or screenshots, Naughty Dog has created a veritable masterpiece to gaze upon. The Last of Us also has an array of dynamic in-game features as well, with the "Balance of Power" AI structure that allows enemies to adapt and respond to given situations, adding depth to the enemies and challenge to the game.
The Last of Us is being developed by Naughty Dog and is slated for release on June 14, 2013 for PlayStation 3. For more information as well as screenshots and trailers please visit the game's official website.