It's been a good week for people who enjoy half-cloaks and complicated bits of machinery, all things told. Star Wars Battlefront's new DLC let's you play as cape-sporting cloud man Lando Calrissian, whereas Fallout 4's Contraptions workshop DLC lets you tinker with all sorts of, well, contraptions.
Some tremendous steps toward LGBTI equality have been taken of late - the gay marriage referendum in Ireland being one particularly inspiring example. There's still a ways to go, of course, but overall it's encouraging to see acceptance growing in the public consciousness.
Whatever your stance on the humble moustache, mutton chops, beard or goatee, facial hair can be found growing with reckless abandon on a number of gaming's most memorable protagonists (and a few forgettable ones to boot). Once you delve a bit deeper, however, a pattern starts to emerge from among the bristles; facial hair is, basically, game developer shorthand for emotional development.
Sony and Naughty Dog unveiled The Last of Us Remastered some time before E3, but for whatever reason last week's showing in Los Angeles was still rather anaemic. We learned that the game will be out on 29th July, but very little of the trailer shown at Sony's conference was in-game.
With that in mind, Digital Foundry is keeping its powder dry for the game's release next month - or at least when we get to see substantial in-game content - but for the time being we've put together a quick video comparing the game's E3 trailer with the same cut-scenes in the PS3 version. The main differences will be a smoother frame-rate and higher resolution (although the PS3 cut-scenes will have been rendered at a higher res and then scaled down), but hopefully it will still whet your appetite.
So, The Last of Us is out today. Looks alright, I guess.
Saturday night's alright for fighting, so the notorious welterweight Elton John told us, and he'd probably agree that Friday night's perfect for staying in and watching someone play video games on the internet. Good news Elton! You're in luck because, Ian Higton's going to be playing through the demo of Naughty Dog's The Last of Us from 7pm BST.
The Last of Us is shaping up to be one of the PlayStation 3's finest looking games, continuing the impressive work Naughty Dog carried out with the Uncharted series.
A new preview takes in Lincoln and Pittsburgh, the first part highlighting the technical strength of The Last of Us' visuals, the second showcasing the gritty, violent combat that's a serious departure from Naughty Dog's more typically breezy tone. You can get a decent look at all that by watching the video preview that's embedded below. Warning: it contains some adult language, not from our lovely Ian Higton but from a very sweary Joel and Ellie.
We last had a chance to look at The Last of Us earlier this year, and its release is coming up fast. The full review will be with you before The Last of Us comes out on June 14. There's also a demo to look forward to that's available to owners of God of War: Ascension, and that's out on May 31.
Naughty Dog's gameplay edit, hand-encoded for optimum streaming quality.
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