The release of the much anticipated survival game “The Last of Us” is just around the corner and we’ve finally been given some details on it’s multiplayer mode in a new video put up by Playstation. Naughty Dog has, up until now, kept any information regarding multiplayer in it’s new game tightly under wraps. They did not however hesitate to hype up the potential of this mode to an exceptional degree. Lead artist Nate Wells even going so far as to say that it’s the, “best ever conceived.” Naughty Dog is best known by newer gamers for their recent single-player powerhouse series “Uncharted.” Though before that they introduced the hugely popular series’ “Crash Bandicoot” and “Jak and Daxter.” Any gamer worth their salt probably remembers these as great game series’. They all had one thing in common though, and that was that they were only single player. So what could a company specializing in the single player experience possibly have come up with that could stand up as the best multiplayer mode ever conceived?
Great Multiplayer Or Greatest Multiplayer
First, let’s cover the basics of the mode just to get a general idea of what it is and why it’s not just running around shooting other players. The multiplayer mode in “The Last of Us” has been named “Faction” mode. As you can probably guess you will be taking part in a group of survivors in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that the single player game is set in. You will have to do your best help all of the people on your group survive for 12 weeks. Not only that but your faction will grow in numbers as time goes on. Managing a small group of other players might sound easy but as your ranks swell you will have more potential issues to struggle with. You will control your survivors in the action oriented game play of the main campaign as they attempt to find resources and protect themselves as well as their territory.
One of the most interesting things shown in the trailer is the on the fly crafting mechanics. As long as you have the correct components you can whip up whatever gadget or weapon you need in seconds. As the trailer has shown us, if there is someone hiding in a bunker, you can just craft up a smoke grenade in the moment and toss it in. This item creation in the moment seems to add a very tactical element outside of just sneaking around to get the advantage on your opponents. This is the very same craft system we’ve seen in the single player trailers. It seems, at least to me, that this is a far more interesting system in the multiplayer setting than in the main campaign. Not only do you have to struggle with other player factions but the general dangers of the wasteland you live in. From kidnapping to malaria and dysentery outbreaks there is more lurking out there than other players. Preordering the game at Gamestop will net you a “Survival Pack” expansion that will provide you all sorts of goodies to help give you an edge and you’ll need it. When the world goes to hell will you have what it takes to help your faction survive?