The Last of Us Creative Director On Violence: ‘It’s Setting A Reality That Joel And Ellie Are Having To Deal With’

‘It’s setting a tone.’

Posted By | On 06th, Jan. 2013 Under Article, News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

Do you remember the amazing gameplay trailer of The Last of Us from last year’s E3 2012? It was phenomenal on all fronts: visuals, gameplay, dynamic AI and just about everything was perfect, a feat that Naughty Dog are pretty much famous for. But the amount of violence in the game was a bit surprising, especially the way the main protagonist Joel deals with the enemies in the game.

However Neil Druckmann, creative director of The Last of Us has defended the inclusion of such violent scenes. “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,” he said to Shacknews.

The Last of Us E3 2012 Gameplay Video.

He thinks that violent scenes adds realism and tension in the game. “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.”

He also talks about how Ellie views violence and she is critical of Joel’s methods. “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,”  he explained.

Do you agree with Neil’s comments? Do you think that violent scenes are justified in The Last of Us or in video games as a whole? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

The game releases this May, exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

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  • MikeG

    I was disappointed in the amount of violence and language in the trailer i watched with my kids. They too were shocked. We’ll be taking a pass on this Naughty Dog release for that very reason. I hope they don’t drift down that path with the next Uncharted.

    • Oldschool1987

      Because its not a kids game. The trailer has a ratings guide so people with common sense dont make this mistake. Herpy durpy durp!

      Unless you’re just a 360 fangirl looking for any reason to complain about a PS3 exclusive then that just makes you worse than someone without a brain cell, it makes you a troll.

      Uncharted isn’t even aimed at kids ffs and that hardly has any blood and no swearing!


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