The Last of Us - Lincoln by AGBLeaks

The Last of Us - Pittsburgh by AGBLeaks

Two videos for The Last of Us have been released featuring 40 minutes of actual gameplay from the recent beta build of Naughty Dog's highly anticipated game. Despite being very linear, the game has a strong atmospheric presence about it and lots of intense action moments.

The second part of the video is a lot more engaging than the first. The first video is mostly just lots of exploration and a small setup for the characters Joel and Ellie. We find out that they're on a destination mission and how they plan to get there. We also get a look how environmental puzzles operate and Half-Life 2 gamers should be right at home with a lot of them.

The first part concludes with a rather big shootout in an unlikely scenario that puts Ellie and Joel in a tough predicament. This sets up how the second part starts, which – from start to finish – manages to stay intense and visually stimulating.

I absolutely love, love, love the way Naughty Dog handles melee combat and AI routines in this game. It really feels like there's weight, presence and a visceral sense of danger with every encounter. If the entire game can manage to stay at that level of intensity throughout, then they have an automatic surefire winner on their hands.

Also, props for those tactically sparse shootouts where it's more about picking your shots and looking for opportunities rather than bullet-hosing the opposition down. I've never seen a shootout quite like the ones that take place in The Last Us.

The game is set for release next month exclusively on the PlayStation 3. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the official Last Of Us website. If you're also digging the music, be sure to check out more from Gustavo Santaolalla's work in this article right here.

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