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The Last of Us' flamethrower is powerful because Naughty Dog ran out of time

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For the most part, The Last of Us is meticulously balanced to keep resources scarce and build tension. Some of that tension goes away when you find the flamethrower, which toasts zombies with relative ease. Why include such a powerful weapon?

Apparently, Naughty Dog ran out of time."That [flamethrower] was something that went in late," creative director Neil Druckmann told VentureBeat. "It felt right in regards to improvisational weapons in the world, having someone craft a weapon like that and Joel finding it. That felt okay. When we were trying to tune it against the enemies, for the longest time it was underpowered against the enemies, through several playtests. We were running out of time, so at that point we just said, 'All right, let’s make it powerful.' That's what we ended up with."

Druckmann doesn't seem to regret the decision, though, since the reaction has been partly positive. "When you get that weapon, you've been struggling for a long time, and all of a sudden you have this flamethrower. There's a sense of relief for a lot players," he said. "'Finally, I’ve got something I can use.'

But we've heard different kinds of feedback about the flamethrower."


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Aug 10, 2013

After what amount of time will ND announce the meta-game in the MP was a last minute decision as well?

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It's a flamethrower! It should be powerful... I'm certainly glad it isn't any weaker

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It made that last fight with the infected a piece of cake. 

 

Lead them all to that one room + Flamethrower = Victory.

 

@cdub: Why does it matter? Would it make you feel better if they said so? 

 

IMO, I think it wasn't, fits the survival theme. The MP could survive without it but, I think it's a fun touch.


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^hehe. "Survive"


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I didn't use the flamethrower until the hospital

 

I saved all the fuel to satiate my burning desire to torch some fireflies with FIRE

 

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Btw, I finally finished the game.

 

I didn't even notice it being that powerful. Unless you upgrade the flames' reach you could only toast whoever was right in front of you. Or maybe I just didn't try funnel(ing?) all the indected down a narrow hallway.

 

 

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Naughty Dog is stating that they know it is powerful for single player but I want to know your guy's opinion on if it is OP in multiplayer?

 

I like to play fair when going against real players and I hate using anything that is overpowered. I like a challenge. I sometimes use my revolver/flamethrower class though and use the flamethrower when somebody rushes me to melee or smoke/shiv me then at the end of a match.. everybody on a mic will start trashtalking it. Is it a cheap weapon to use? or is the horrible when compared to, lets say, the shotgun?

 

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It's fine if it's in SP but remove it from MP.
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Single-player: Keep it as it is, it's great and fun.

 

Multiplayer: I don't know, haven't played multiplayer...

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