We’ve been taking a look at the hottest game picks of 2012 according to CNBC.
Let’s review: so far, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, and Assassin’s Creed III have all made the list. Next on the list? The Last of Us. The game is being developed by Naughty Dog, the same entity that was responsible for bringing us the sublime Uncharted series.
The Last of Us will be released for the PlayStation 3 on December 31, 2012. For CNBC to pick a game that won’t even be released until the very end of 2012, it must be a big deal. And, well, it kind of is. People were apparently gasping in awe when this game was revealed at Sony’s preshow news conference (here’s hoping they weren’t gasping at how bad it looked).
The premise is a post-apocalyptic future where an adult and a 14-year-old girl must survive the attacks of infected zombie-like creatures. I don’t pretend to understand the recent fascination with zombies (let’s get on with it already), but this game is sure to be a nail-biter.
Update: The Last of Us was officially released on June 20, 2013 for the PlayStation 3. At the time of this posting, I didn’t know that a December 31 release date usually indicates a game without an official release date. You live, you learn. I am still a little surprised that it didn’t come out until halfway through this year though. Funny that CNBC would pick it as one of the hottest games of 2012 too. Oh well.
As of July 2013, The Last of Us sold 3.4 million units, making it one of the fastest-selling PlayStation 3 games in a three week period. It did okay.
The critics seemed to like it too. CVG gave it a perfect 10 out of 10, citing the dazzling graphics, likeable characters and combat as its chief strengths. GameSpot gave it a “great” rating at eight out of 10, docking points for unsympathetic supporting characters and immersion-infringing combat exploits. IGN gave it an all-out “masterpiece” rating at 10 out of 10. They listed the storytelling, immersive environments, sublime voice acting and sound design, graphics and gameplay as being the game’s main high points. Most reviewers share a positive outlook on the game.
As for me, sadly I haven’t even watched trailers of the game. I do remember hearing good things about it though. The main issue is that I don’t own a next-gen console right now. Anyway, I may have to check it out at some point.