The week of this year's E3 expo closed on a high note, punctuated by the release of one of 2013's biggest games.
Just a few miles from where the expo was held, fans turned out for a midnight release of “The Last of Us,” the latest survival-action game from premier Sony developer Naughty Dog.
The game's creative director, Neil Druckmann, voice actors Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker, and several other members of the development team were on hand to express their gratitude to fans for supporting the project.
Anticipation for the game peaked a week before E3, when a wave of critically favorable reviews hit the internet. By the scheduled release date, over 30 different media outlets had awarded the game a perfect rating, making it a one of the strongest contenders for Game of the Year awards this holiday season.
Kate Thomas, a long-time Naughty Dog fan, expressed respect for the company's choice to make one of the two lead characters a female.
“Most companies won't put a female character on a cover,” she said. “It's really important that they're going for it. They're putting women out there to say there are women gamers, there are women characters, and they're worthy of our time.”
Self-described hardcore gamer, Adam Alonzo, was equally excited to see another title from one of his favorite developers. “Naughty Dog never disappoints,” he said. “All the way back to 'Crash Bandicoot', I've been a fan.”
“The Last of Us” is rated M for Mature and is currently only available for the PlayStation 3.