The Last of Us: Live

While there are several examples of great voice acting in video games and how those performances contribute to the quality of the game, Sony’s The Last of Us reset the bar for storytelling and acting in the genre.

But what if those same scenes in the game were played out in a film or on stage? Good Idea? There are some pretty horrible game-to-film adaptations out there that make me cringe at the thought. So can a game’s story have enough meat to carry some type of live-action performance?

The answer – well, my answer – Shit yes!!!

Winning numerous Game of the Year awards, The Last of Us displayed a stunning combination of tight gameplay, sharp visuals and a tense and gripping story. A story that may have transcended the game itself due to the remarkable voice acting that gave life to the likes of Ellie and Joel.

Well, the makers of the game conducted a bit of an experiment. They brought in the game’s voice cast and put on a one-time-only stage performance of select scenes straight from the game.

I’m not going to break down the entire video. It’s a mix of scenes and creators discussing those scenes, so you’ll just have to watch for yourself. But I promise you, if you loved the game like I did, this will be a rare treat as well as a glimpse at what’s possible when story is just as important as the technical stuff.

The Last of Us Remastered is out now for the PS4 and the feature film is in its early preproduction stages. But if this taste of what can be done is a glimpse of things to come, sign me up.

Thoughts on seeing the live rendition? Will you see the film? And if so, did this performance help or hurt your expectations?

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Michael Pellegrini

Michael is a classic example of a child trapped in an adult's body - and I use the word "adult" very, very loosely. With interests ranging from comic books and movies to theater and fine art, Mike has followed humble journalistic beginnings that have led to interviews, reviews, news write-ups and opinion - though it's ever changing - pieces covering those same interests. All of that brings us here, to a site where a community of like-minded geeks can inform the rest of the world on the topics we adore. And on the personal side of things, Michael squeezes time for his lovely wife and house full of dogs between all the comic reading and video game playing.

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