Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us Could Capture The Survival Horror Genre Lost By Capcom
Naughty Dog may be best known for action games and plat-formers but with the announcement of the Last of Us it’s clear that the studio is ready to embark on uncharted territory. In the past Capcom’s Resident Evil franchise was considered the best in the genre when it came to survival horror titles but over the years the survival and horror elements seem to have taken a back seat in those titles.
After watching The Last of Us debut trailer it becomes obvious that the game is going to put a heavy emphasis on survival by any means necessary. In the trailer we witnessed the male character, Joel, taking down what appeared to be another survivor of the epidemic but we don’t know why. Maybe he was partially infected or just someone who wasn’t willing to cooperate? We may never know but these kinds of encounters with other non-infected will likely be a big part of the game.
Following that incident we see Ellie as she searches this poor guy’s body only to find a handful of bullets. If this scene is any indication of the final product then gamers won’t have the luxury of having an infinite supply of ammunition in the Last of Us like we’ve grown accustomed to in Resident Evil or similar titles. The only way to make it to the next area in the game may be running for your life.
If you’ve played the Uncharted trilogy then you know that Naughty Dog has proven they can take a genre one step forward in terms of gameplay and story telling, two features Resident Evil has lacked for quite sometime. This leaves the genre int he hands of a studio not afraid to push the envelope. If you’re a survial horror fan then The Last of Us could be the game you’ve been waiting for.