‘The Last of Us’ Red Band Trailer: Blood, Cursing, & Fungus Creatures

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After the reveal of the PlayStation 4, many Sony fans were hoping to see the inevitable announcement of a next generation Uncharted sequel. However, before Naughty Dog can start generating legitimate Uncharted 4 buzz (likely at E3 2013), the developer still needs to shepherd a successful launch of their next potential game franchise, The Last of Us.

At the time of this writing, we’ve still got over two months before Sony’s take on the fungal apocalypse hits store shelves and while many of the game’s secrets remain unspoiled, the publisher has been releasing a steady stream of gameplay videos and story trailers to help keep anticipation high. Today we’ve got a “Red Band” story trailer (movie preview lingo for “explicit”) along with a new TV spot that aired during the season 3 finale of The Walking Dead.

Check out the Red Band trailer for The Last of Us at the top of the page or below for the new TV spot (which is essentially a shortened and less violent cut). NOTE: The extended story trailer teased at the end of the TV spot is the Red Band trailer.

In keeping with prior marketing materials, the Red Band trailer does not provide much insight into the catastrophe that actually caused the post-apocalytpic world that protagonists Joel and Ellie are tasked with surviving (though we do know that it stems from an evolution of the cordyceps fungus). Instead, the trailer once again attempts to sell potential gamers on the core relationship and larger character journey of its two main heroes – while also showcasing the eye-popping visual fidelity in The Last of Us characters, “infected,” and environments.

Gamers who picked up God of War: Ascension, have already had a chance to test-out the core gameplay, which definitely borrows from the Uncharted series; still, combat mechanics are not the primary reason that players have flocked to Naughty Dog titles in recent years – since players most often laud the studio’s intimate storytelling and blockbuster set pieces. Judging by the trailers, The Last of Us looks to swap out some of Nathan Drake’s more over-the-top adventuring for tense survivalist encounters – where hiding is preferable to going in guns blazing. However, this is Naughty Dog, so it’s hard to imagine there won’t also be a a number of explosive sequences for action-lovers.

The Last of Us VGA 2012 Trailer

Even if many of The Last of Us details are still a secret, plenty of gamers have already pre-ordered the title – on premise (and Naughty Dog pedigree) alone. At this point, the only real wild card in the package is the game’s multiplayer component – which has only been teased. Uncharted 3 vastly improved on Uncharted 2‘s multiplayer offering but the online mode still falls short of being a must-play – especially compared to the ground-breaking single player experience. It’ll be interesting to see if Naughty Dog can up the online ante with The Last of Us – and further details should be forthcoming in the run-up to release.

The Last of Us is a PS3 exclusive and releases June 14, 2013.

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TAGS: Naughty Dog, PS3, Sony, The Last of Us

  • George

    Joel gets infected, the girl shoots him. Am I the only one who thinks that?

    • ThetaSigma

      You are just still stuck on Walking Dead.

  • Smittyy

    Cant wait!

  • Shalkowski

    I’m excited to play some of Naughty Dogs games again. I missed Uncharted but I am certainly not missing this one. This looks awesome.

    • COREY_1993

      how can yo miss uncharted? go get it. they are cheap as hell now. there is no excuse.

      • Shalkowski

        Meh, I’ve played but I never got into it. I chose God of War instead.

        • haha

          Hahahaha god of war over uncharted, that’s too funny. Its almost sad.

  • john solo

    i agree, it looks like he gets infected

    • Jak Frost

      How does god of war have any thing to do with this?

      • Jak Frost

        And I agree with you it does look like he gets infected and then she might have to pop one in his skull.Sounds like I might cry at the end.

      • Shalkowski

        Did you even read my comment or did you just see the title God of War and have a b*tch fit?

        • Jak Frost

          Yea I read it chill im not throwing a bitch fit Im just failing to see how GOW has anything to do with this.Like did you decide to buy GOW instead of Uncharted? Or did you choose GOW over Uncharted?No need to be a d*ck brother its ok