We’re coming down to the wire now folks, with only one more teaser article left before the big review hits. Today we’ll be looking at how Naughty Dog solved an interesting problem. First let’s look at what that problem was. How do you evolve character relationships when players typically only play these characters for a few days? How does one keep a city from becoming boring when players are playing through very similar areas?
The answer, time progression. The game is actually broken down into seasons. After players progress through certain chapters, the story will advance a few months. This not only helps with character progression, and making the bond Joel and Ellie share that much stronger, but it also helps solidify other relationships with other characters they meet. It makes it that much more powerful when something happens to said characters.
When you finally finish the game, sit back and let everything soak in. It’s then when you realize just how perfectly intertwined all these various elements are. From the graphics, to the audio, to the gameplay, and the time progression, The Last of Us is a masterpiece that comes along once a generation. If you weren’t hyped before, I’ve got one more article to try and convince you before the big review. Let’s hope I’ve done my job correctly, and all of you reading this pick the game up on June 14th.