Pay for higher difficulty in The Last of Us 
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Geoffrey Tim
April 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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The Last of Us is getting its last Season Pass content drop by way of the Grounded Bundle DLC – and it features a new mode, called Grounded, that ups the single player game’s difficulty level. It’s a little reminiscent of the much maligned Ranger mode in Metro Last Light, which gave a more difficult mode to those who pre-ordered the game. I hope paid for difficulty isn’t a trend.  

Grounded mode, Sony says, will be tough.

Grounded Mode will be the hardest challenge you’ll ever face as you try to complete the single player campaign of The Last of Us. The AI is relentless, smart and brutal – survival will be near impossible. “Completed Grounded Mode” might be one of the most difficult trophies you’ll ever earn.

Of course, that’s not the only thing coming in the DLC, which makes it better but still not ok that they’re essentially charging money for difficulty.

The Reclaimed Territories Map Pack features four news maps: Wharf, Capitol, Coal Mine, and Water Tower. Here’s what each map is about.

  • Wharf
    Set in the rusted-out docks where Joel encountered Robert, the Wharf map features close quarters gameplay, two snipers nests, and a giant boat. It’s full of good opportunities for climbing, flanking and stealth.
  • Capitol
    Set in Boston, the Capitol Map features indoor and outdoor gameplay. It encourages the intelligent use of flanking.
  • Coal Mine
    Set in Colorado, Coal Mine is a winter map that is spotted with abandoned buildings. It’s a spacious map that has long lines of sight and a bridge that’s a perfect perch for snipers. The dynamic snowstorm obscures the view so be on your toes.
  • Water Tower
    Set in Lincoln, PA, the Water Tower map features two primary chokepoints for some deadly face-to-face confrontations. It’s mainly an outdoor map with a few indoor areas and some very unique lighting. It might seem open but it’s really a tight map that’s perfect for close quarters melee.

The multiplayer DLC also comes with a host of new skills and weapons for your multiplayer killing experience. All of that stuff is yours if you bought a season pass, including, yes, the smart AI that should have been in the game in the first place.

The PlayStation 4 remastered version of the game – expected in June – will contain this and all previous DLC.

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  • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Umar’s Sin

    fuck this….sorry for my language…..This is Ranger Mode all over

    • Rince the Unhuggable

      Preach it brother. Finished Metro Last Horizon and was like, wtf? I must pay for the difficulty?!

      • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Umar’s Sin

        Indeed, and it was the difficulty the way the game is meant to be played, sigh

        • Mossel

          I haven’t played Last Light. But in 2033 playing it on ranger mode is really the way to go. It makes the game THAT much more intense. Strictly speaking it was actually easir for me, because monster had an almost one-shot kill. The only difficult part was having enough oxygen and ammo.

          • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Umar’s Sin

            Yup, same here, it further immerses you in the world. Paying for such a thing just sullys the experience

      • oVg Errorist

        That was THQs greed. Look at them now.

    • Gr8_Balls_o_KFM_Fire

      Actually started with Ace Combat 6

  • Jedi JJ

    That’s a no

    • Rince the Unhuggable

      Indeed. Two nos…

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      It doesn’t fly with me either.

  • Admiral Chief in Space

    Pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay

    All they want is money money money money money

    DAMMMIT

    Sell the game then maybe later sell expansion.

    This pay pay pay pay more more pay more pay more paaaaay shit is making me sick to my core!!!

    That’s it, I’m moving to Antarctica to frolic with the penguins LALALLALALALALALALAAAAAAAA

    • Rince the Unhuggable

      Payguins? tehehe

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH KILL WITH FIIIIIIIRE

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          $2/match?

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            No, my hatred ignites it!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Impossibru, hatred is an Xbone exclusive!

  • Rince the Unhuggable

    Fuck this in the eye.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      With a metal dildo!

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        *rusty metal

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          a rusty metal dildo!

          • Rince the Unhuggable

            With a cherry on the top!

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            Ok, cherry rusty metal dildo in the eye.

            Something is missing…

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            an empty jar of vaseline?

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            I like it.

            MAKE IT SO ENSIGN!

          • Rince the Unhuggable

            With a Foxhound attached?

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            nay, with a foxhound performing the act!!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Isn’t that how it normally works? I’m not an expert on this. I’m a geologist, not a biologist.

          • Mossel

            Damn I got like 17% for my geology practical exam, I am beyond useless when it comes to knowing your rocks.

      • Rince the Unhuggable

        Nana, how are you!?

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Tired man… Looking forward to the long weekend. Taking a well-deserved break in Pringlebay.

          • Rince the Unhuggable

            Me too bro. Also just going to chill, finish Sleeping Dogs, drink some wine and pretend work doesn’t exist.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            I’m actually going to dig in my backlog this weekend, want to get back into borderlands 2 and start Batman Arkham Origins this week (of course, while eating pickled fish and stuffing myself with hot cross buns)

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            Diablo 3 for me :)

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            That’s a good idea actually, I might even go old school and dig out age of mythology.

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            I could even join you for some Warframe, or you could join me for some Planetside 2!!!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            That would be wicked! Yeah, sorry I haven’t been on Steam much lately.

          • FoxOneZA

            Wait! The bananananana is utilising a PC?

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            Don’t spill on your shirt!

          • Rince the Unhuggable

            Make me not!

  • Rince the Unhuggable

    OVG IS going to lose his mind when he reads this…

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      As he should, this is bullshit to the max.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      KABVVVVVVVVVVMMMMMMMMMMM!

    • oVg Errorist

      I am actually all for it. It is a good sign for more good things to come from Naughty Dog thanks to the Greedy bastards who run these companies being as happy as pigs in shit.

      I am so used to modern games being so easy compared to the ball busters of the 90s that I have started to enjoy the fast pacing when one can enjoy the Narrative more.

      Higher difficulty just means more frustration. I enjoy speed running.

      So let them eat cake.

      • oVg Errorist

        :P

      • Rince the Unhuggable

        lulz

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Comeon Naughty Dog, don’t fucking go full-retard on us. This is the exact same type of crap I hate about Microsoft and EA.

    • FoxOneZA

      I put it to you that’s why the top brass has left ND for ethics and being human.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. $5 DLC for a difficulty mode & an achievement.

    They should rename the achievement to “SUCKER!”

  • Hammersteyn

    Here’s a novel idea, don’t fucking buy the DLC. How stupid can people be???

  • Devourer of Small Bunnies

    The PS4 version must just come.im hella keen on this game. Specially if its going to have the equiv of ranger mode.

  • FoxOneZA

    Please buy this piece crap of DLC to prevent further job cuts.

    • Rince the Unhuggable

      take one for the team man!