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The Last of Us will “turn the model of the hero on its ass,” says actor

Monday, 27 February 2012 11:35 GMT By Johnny Cullen

The Last of Us is set to overturn the typical sterotype look of a hero on its side, one of the voice actors for the game has said.

Troy Baker, who voices Joel in the game, told OPM UK the way the hero is told in the new Naughty Dog is completely far different from what is found in other action games, in that he’s not going to kick ass on the pursuit for something.

“He’s not a hero, he’s not a badass,” said Baker, well known for other roles in games such as Snow in Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 and Booker in BioShock Infinite.

“He’s a guy that learned how to use a gun because he had to, and he’s fighting every day because that’s what you do. Does that mean that [he] steals this, that [he] does this? Maybe. But it’s not that he has a plan, or that he’s a strong archetypal character.

“I really think it’s gonna turn the model of the hero on its ass.”

The Last of Us is expected to launch either by the end of this year or early 2013 for PS3.

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9 Comments

  1. alimokrane

    QUOTE: ““He’s not a hero, he’s not a badass,” said Baker, well known for other roles in games such as Snow in Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 ……”

    I am sorry I burst out laughing at the end of the above. This guy simply looses his credibility because of this.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Strandli

    @1 alimokrane: Why? Don’t blame the actor for how Square Enix made the character of Snow. Troy Baker only follows a script after all, why should he lose all credibility for that? :p

    #2 3 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: +1

    #3 3 years ago
  4. revolting

    “He’s not a hero, he’s not a badass. He’s a guy that learned how to use a gun because he had to, and he’s fighting every day because that’s what you do. Does that mean that [he] steals this, that [he] does this? Maybe. But it’s not that he has a plan, or that he’s a strong archetypal character. I really think it’s gonna turn the model of the hero on its ass.”

    Really? The regular, normal everyman forced to take up arms and do desperate acts in the name of survival is every bit as much recycled a plot device as the bullet-chewing war hero. It’s no more new, big or clever than any other protagonist archetype we’ve seen a dozen times before.

    The game still looks interesting, mind you, especially if they do manage to get the desperate struggle for survival across as a functional game mechanic, but it is amusing when actors enthuse about stuff they don’t appear to know much about.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. The_Red

    I’m already sold on this and don’t need any more proof. The first M rated game from Naughty Dog is all I need.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. NinjaMidget

    @4 Not quite sure I agree with you there. As I casually look at my games collection I have with me at the minute (around 20 mainstream titles on PS3 and 22 on Steam), there are none that solely focus on survival in narrative sense which goes hand in hand with the underlying mechanics of the game. Some may have certain small motifs of survival in them, but it is not the overarching theme of the game or characters within.

    What I personally find interesting about the Uncharted series for instance is how they tell the story both in-game whilst the player is in control with short bursts of dialogue and in cut scenes. With them understanding and contemplating how players interact whilst being told a story in game and in relation to other characters I’m interested to see how they will bring the necessary tension and themes that comes with pure survival.

    Whilst you said that survival is “no more new, big or clever than any other protagonist archetype we’ve seen a dozen times before”, I think you may be attributing it to films. And we should remember that videogames are not films and because of this medium it opens up several opportunities for interesting narrative storytelling.

    In terms of you attacking the guy for apparently not knowing anything about what he is saying. I’m sure he is closer to the development process than yourself, and whilst this is not meant to be an attack on your opinion, but a little open mindedness for the successes that Naughty Dog have had in the past and the sterling work that Mr. Baker seems to have done on Bioshock Infinite might go a long way in understanding: that in terms of narrative, there is so much that this medium can do temporally, spatially, and with character arcs, that the theme of survival actually might make you excited. For as you know, this is Naughty Dog, and they’ve rarely made a bad game!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. minxamo

    Inb4 all the characters are Mary Sues

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    I really think they need to take the hypetrain into lower gear or risk some serious backlash.

    First it wasn’t a zombie game, but a fungus game.

    Now they’re promising to redefine what a hero is.

    They might not be as obnoxious as Bioware or Crytek, but if you can’t talk about a game without promising that it’ll change everything, ever, then I personally think it’s better to keep people guessing.

    Obviously, it’s going to be a zombie game. Obviously the hero is going to be similar to things we’ve encountered in fiction before.

    I think it’s better to surprise people with a truly good game than to outright tell them that that’s what they’re getting before it’s even finished.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. revolting

    @6 I think you kind of missed my point.

    I wasn’t talking about survival as a game mechanic. That IS immensely interesting, and like I said, I hope they do pull it off, because while it has been hinted at in games before, it’s never quite been done justice as a primary element.

    What I was commenting on was the actor’s appraisal of the protagonist, the everyman in dire straights. This character archetype itself is not new, but he (the actor) seems to think it entirely revolutionary and will completely change the face of gaming as we know it. This man needs to play a more diverse selection of games.

    #9 3 years ago

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    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

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  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

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  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]