E3 2012: Jaw-dropping The Last of Us gameplay demo showcased during Sony’s keynote

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Naughty Dog sure knows how to get an audience’s attention! Sony’s E3 press conference ended with a stunning seven-minute gameplay demo of The Last of Us that had the crowd cheering in appreciation. The entire section of gameplay we saw oozed quality and class, from the incredible graphics to the way Joel interacted with his environment and brawled with his enemies. It felt a lot more gritty and realistic than the Uncharted series in many ways, although there were also certain likenesses between the two with regards to the basic flow of gameplay.

Here’s the official description of The Last of Us along with the aforementioned gameplay demo:

“Joel and Ellie are attempting to get to the bridge and out of the city. They are tourists in an area that’s controlled by hunters. They are hunted and yet they too are hunters. Everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to survive. What you’ll see here is something that we’re calling Balance of Power AI. Enemies will react realistically to whatever situation your combat style forces them into. Playing as Joel, Ellie’s help and whatever weapons you can scavenge are your best shot at progressing in this brutal, violent world.

“The Last of Us is genre-defining experience blending survival and action elements to tell a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Cities are abandoned and being reclaimed by nature. Remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a young teenage girl who’s braver and wiser beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.”

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