VGAs 2011 – ‘Last of Us’ Mesmerizes

Playstation 3 does exclusives.

And they do them well.

2011 was chock full of incredible games. 2012 is shaping up to be just as amazing. While I was unable to get every single game that I wanted this year, I was still able to get my hands on some good games. Planning is essential for next year as the internet is abuzz with all the news, previews, and trailers of 2012 titles. The Spike Video Game Awards gave gamers a glimpse at top titles such as Diablo 3, Mass Effect 3, and Bioshock Infinite. It also gave us a peek of The Last of Us, a spectacular looking survival horror title by my beloved Naughty Dog.

The more I read about this game, the more I become interested in it. If you know me, this is saying alot. I have sworn off survival horror titles ever since watching my brother play Resident Evil back in the day. After seeing a rotting, infested dog leap through a window, I was pretty much scarred for life. I avoid survival horror like a mutating plaque and I’m ok with being a fan from afar. I will watch others play, but playing myself – alone – just will never happen.

Until now, it seems.

While gameplay footage is not out, I can already imagine how the game will play just because Naughty Dog’s name is attached. The game looks gorgeous. It’s such a bonus for them to let us know that it was actual footage captured from a PS3. Big plus.

This is not going to be another Dead Island, where the first trailer that popped on the scene captivated viewers that were gamers and non gamers alike. This will not be another Dead Island, where the actual game had nothing to do with the trailer itself.

No.

Last of Us is actually going to be about the characters we see in this trailer. I’m already curious about them and wanting to know more.

And the scenery. Oh wow. I’m blown away by a world being taken back by nature. This is not something that has just happened to these individuals. This is something that has been going on for such a very long time that plants are claiming what is righfully theirs. Something Ellie said in the trailer made me wonder if she was born into the world already like this (which would explain how she seems so wise already) or if she just had never seen this city before unlike her more seasoned companion, Joel.

Last of Us may be the game that makes me face all fears I have about playing survival horror. That could change if the gameplay scares the pee out of me, but I do not really forsee the game being the type of horror that actually scares me.
We shall see, I guess. Because I certainly plan to pick up this title as soon as it releases.

I try not to have preconceived notions about anything based on the first trailer whether it be movies, video games, or products. However, I just feel so attached to this already – so, emotionally invested. I’m excited.

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