Length is always a key component for any game that remains focused on the single-player campaign.

Personally, I have no issue whatsoever with 8-10 hour adventures, as I can't spend the majority of my life playing video games. However, many hardcore gamers who play five or six hours in one sitting (presumably, they're all in college) want something more.

Therefore, they were hoping for a significantly lengthy campaign in Naughty Dog's hotly anticipated The Last Of Us . And while we won't be getting 20 hours, it seems we will be getting a game that is longer than any Uncharted title. During a video interview with Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer (as cited by MadAssGamers ), we learn that 12-16 appears to be accurate:

"We’re definitely looking at more than 12 hours, maybe 12 to 16 right now is what we’re looking at, it really depends on how you play. You can play a little bit slower if you try to approach situations stealthy, if you really wanna explore the environment and scavenge, that’s going to add more time too."

Well, that's good. As I tend to play more on the slow side, it's looking like 15 hours for me. As for downloadable content, Naughty Dog confirmed in the interview that any expansions "will only be multiplayer-focused." That I don't care about in the slightest but I imagine others might.

Related Game(s): The Last Of Us

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ethird1
ethird1
8 years ago

Naughty Dog to make another Crash Bandicoot game please. Perhaps a CB for ps4?

ART359
ART359
8 years ago

Crash Bandiccot for the PS4 would be AMAZING!!!!

jaynet333
jaynet333
8 years ago

Naughty Dog doesn't own the rights to Crash Bandicoot any more. It's owned by Activision Blizzard now.

___________
___________
8 years ago

they never owned the rights, they always have and always will be under universal studios.
but yes a new crash bandicoot game would be SWEET!
no matter who makes it, we NEED a new bandicoot game!

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

With my typical pace this means 24-32 hours for me. 🙂

This will be the last ever game I buy for the PS3, it'll be stylish to end this generation with a PS3 exclusive.
So long and thanks for all the fish.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

You like to walk slowly and rotate the camera around to examine the vistas too huh?

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Haha – that's *so* me! There's no rushin' when I'm a'pushin'!


Last edited by Beamboom on 3/16/2013 12:30:04 PM

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

There's been a few games I stop to pan the camera around.

Huey
Huey
8 years ago

Me too. I don't know how people manage to blaze through a game. I am more inclined to meander.

Crabba
Crabba
8 years ago

Yep me too! For me these estimates are almost always lower than my actual play-through time!

WorldEndsWithMe: I thought I was the only one who did that 🙂 Especially in Naughty Dog games like Uncharted 2 where I can't help but stare at all those beautiful "Vista Points" like in that Tibetian village mountain views, or standing on some of those rooftops looking out over the city overlook.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Well that is longer than the Uncharteds, especially UC3, but I think this is a solid amount of time. If it were shorter that would tell me that there's less openness and it's more cinematic than gameplay focused, as that's not the case I'm even more optimistic if that's possible. But why is there Multiplayer?

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
8 years ago

For mass appeal.
Also so that Crap gaming sites don't knock off a point or two in their reviews 🙂

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
8 years ago

D1P

tes37
tes37
8 years ago

I'm sure this game will take me a lot longer than the average playthrough.

I will be trying to avoid all the fungicidal maniacs that I can and I have the patience to do it as long as the option is there.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I plan on using an anti-fungal, maybe some tough-actin' Tinactin 🙂

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

Yea that sounds good for a game like this. I play on the slower side, especially with survival-ish type games so, I know ill get my time in on it.

ND thank you for producing full games and not adding sp campaign type dlc. Thank you for giving us your original vision in the final game and only focusing on mp dlc.

Corvo
Corvo
8 years ago

I know i'll be playing this on the hardest difficulty available along with limiting myself with certain things like… No reloading after one shot. Always going to stealth where i can. And then try and find collectibles, which i hope is not feathers. Long story short, in AC2 i was missing one feather that was in the most obvious area ever and it took my 4 months to find. Anyway, 12-16 hours means im going to have fun times with this most likely GOTY

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

I cant not reload, its such a habit.

I had to look at a map for the feathers in AC2, I eventually got tired of searching for the last few.

jaynet333
jaynet333
8 years ago

I already pre-ordered this one. I was a little bummed about it being pushed back 5 weeks, but I know it will be worth the wait.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

Obviously, I'd be insane to not get this, but if it's true, it breaks my hour to dollar ratio rules on games, which means I will be forced to wait for a price drop. Long games, like Ni No Kuni which I'm still poking around on over 80 hours later, meet my ratio and exceed it, so it was an easy D1P.

I've held true to this rule this gen, and with the exception of 1 or 2 mistakes, I haven't suffered for it. I mean, when you have a backlog, you aren't exactly hurting.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

My rule is to *always* wait for price drop, with RPGs being one of very few exceptions. I've broken that rule a few times, but become better at sticking to it as time went by.

Today I hardly buy a single title on launch day. I didn't buy Crysis 3 until today when I saw it's already dropped to 50%.
It's madness to buy full price under these circumstances.


Last edited by Beamboom on 3/16/2013 4:25:54 PM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

Beam-

Where did you see Crysis 3 for that price?


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 3/16/2013 6:41:04 PM

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

For me, my rule is that a game needs to be near the $1 per hour or cheaper mark for OK games, $1.50 per hour for good games, and $2 per hour for amazing games.

So at 15 hours, if this game is amazing, it won't be until near 50% off.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Big,
Unfortunately it was at a Norwegian webshop, and it was the PC version. PC games are generally priced lower and drops faster in price.

But I went to that store now and checked, and the PS3 version is only priced about 15 dollars higher than the PC version, so it's not a bad price on the PS3 version either.
Surely there must be other stores out there with similar prices, the Norwegian stores are typically just following the international pricing trends.


Last edited by Beamboom on 3/17/2013 2:27:10 AM

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
8 years ago

There are a few of you here that have stated you play on the slower sides of things.

Can I ask how old you are? Bear with me because I am 39, and my 16 year old son says that I take twice as long as the "normal person" to beat game.

I am very slow going as I generally look at every corner.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

26, and I've never liked to rush through games. There are parts of games I really like to get through either because they are boring or im trying to finish it up (this really only happens to me in FPS games) but otherwise im slow going.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

I'm 43, and I look at *every* corner too! Every corner, every rock, I am very much an explorer when it comes to gaming.

My 14 year old son says the same, he's almost dying while waiting for me to move on in games like Borderlands. I like to stop and check out stuff, look for hidden weapon crates and so forth.
He's like, "dad you are taking FOREVER! We've been here before, let's move on!"

Crabba
Crabba
8 years ago

I'm 38 and I'm the same way, looking behind corners & checking for those hidden treasures already in my first playthrough.

On one hand, it's probably an age-thing, since just generally kids tend to be more impatient and are probably more likely to rush through a game (which is pretty ironic, because I would also think that kids with less disposable income would be the type of person who requires more "hours per dollar spent")

On the other hand, I've always played like that since I was an early teen playing old Sierra adventure games, so it's also just a question of what type of person you are…

Personally I couldn't care less about the length of a video game, but how much detail & character they've put in those hours.

Gabriel013
Gabriel013
8 years ago

At 15 hours I would hope they have found a way to make you want to replay it. I sometimes only get a couple of hours per week to play and to me 15 hours seems very short, especially if I have no reason to replay the title.

I'm still replaying games like the Mass Effect Trilogy, Skyrim and GT5 which give me proper value for money in that I have clocked 200+ hours in each of them.