Naughty Dog Shows The Secrets and Tricks of The Last of Us' Bloody Melee Combat and Synced Animations

By Giuseppe Nelva

September 7, 2014

One of the most spectacular aspects of The Last of Us and The Last of Us Remastered is its synced animation for melee combat, allowing two characters to fight against each other in spectacular  and brutal execution-style performances.

At PAX Prime Naughty Dog Game Designers Anthony Newman and Doug Holder hosted a panel in which they explained the tricks behind those animations. Newman even goes as far as showing some of the inaccuracies that we normally don’t notice when we play the game, but that can be hidden by the camera angle.

We also get to see what kind of complex camera system is used to show those animations in the best way, with the clicker kill animation taking seven separate backup cameras.

In addition to that, Holder also shows how the studio solved the problem of adding realistic blood on the characters to showcase the effect of a fight.

You can check out all the info and visuals presented in the two videos below.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know

Gaming Trailers

Warface | Crossplay Trailer
Street Fighter V | Cyber Akuma Costume Trailer
Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

Read more of Giuseppe's articles

Got a tip?

Let us know