The Last of Us Part II

8.4

Story

9.0/10

Gameplay

8.0/10

Characters

9.2/10

Graphics

8.0/10

Sound

8.0/10

Pros

  • Loved the violent story.
  • Enjoyed the killing.

Cons

  • We wanted more open-world gameplay.
  • The characters lacked depth.
  • Too violent for most (normal) people.

A 2020 action-adventure game, The Last of Us Part II is developed by Naughty Dog for PS4. The story is set 5 years after The Last of Us (made in 2013).

After their dangerous journey across the United States, Ellie and Joel settled in Jackson, Wyoming. They gained peace and stability after living amongst survivors despite the threat of viruses and other desperate survivors.

When their peace is disrupted, Ellie begins on her journey for justice. As she hunts down those responsible, she gradually confronts the results of her actions that devastate her mental peace.

The players can control two characters in the post-apocalyptic US. There’s Ellie who aims to get her revenge after going through a tragedy, and Abby, a soldier involved with a cult.

Players can play the game from the third-person perspective and can use weapons such as firearms to fight enemies. You can also be stealthy to kill your human enemies along with cannibalistic zombies.

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Story

The story made by Naughty dog has pleased many fans for its immersiveness but at the same time, some have complained about its adult side.

One thing’s for sure though, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

While our main character, Joel dies at the beginning of the game at Abby’s hands, Ellie is forced to watch the act. Then the cycle of revenge begins.

Even the director of the game Last of Us Part II, Neil Druckmann commented that “it’s about the cycle of revenge”. The way you are forced to make choices looking from a different perspective. Like the way, Ellie turns into this seemingly obsessed lady who only thinking about killing her enemies.

The game takes you on a journey and toys with your emotions.

The story is well made by a person who obviously enjoys making us uncomfortable since there are many things in the game that we may never want to experience or do in our lives.

Though we were uncomfortable with it, we still have to applaud the creators for making a masterpiece.

Gameplay

It’s nothing new and could have been better. At the beginning of the game, you ride on a horse and it feels almost open world like, but that just wasn’t enough.

Many fans have said that if only the Naughty Dog didn’t try to play super safe and didn’t dump all the money into the story, they would have other things to enjoy.

Well, overall, it just fine. Nothing too extraordinary, but you can’t expect much from a game where the devs have put all their attention on the story.

It one thing that frustrates me (and many others too). Why do we have to play as Abby for the second half of the game?

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Character

As this is the second saga of The Last of Us, people who played the first game will find many differences.

The characters Ellie, Abby, and others seem more superficial and lack the variety of emotions that were present in Last of Us.

The fans who disliked Last of Us Part II complained that the characters seemed single-minded without significant depth as opposed to the masterpiece of the first game where the characters make logical, believable desitions.

Even if they did something unexpected, you’d still understand the reasoning and accept it.

Ellie is turned into a revenge obsessed lady and also begins to spew profanities at the lady whose throat she just slit in the game.

She’d do anything to take her revenge and even put her and her friend’s lives on the line.

But this is not entirely bad or terrible.

You experience the life of a person from their perspective… even if that perspective is skewed to the brutal, violent, and revenge-obsessed side.

Graphics

The graphics have obviously improved from Last of Us but it’s not a massive upgrade. It’s still nice to look at.

It’s not something extraordinarily new, but it still feels very realistic.

Riding the horse on the waving grass, jumping over obstacles, and the especially gruesome zombie fights filled with bloodshed all feel real and nice.

Still, even though Last of Us Part II is well made, it makes you feel uncomfortable with the actions you take and you might not want to give it a second try (even though you liked it).

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Sound

The splattering of blood, the billowing of wind all send us to the post-apocalyptic world where revenge takes place.

Being immersed in the story along with the amazing sound, we both hated and loved the game.

After all, the sound is definitely an important part of any gameplay and Naughty Dog has. as expected, properly taken care of it.

What could have been better?

The game creators have made the game story focused and while that’s not exactly bad, we would love to explore the world a bit more.

Adding open-world elements to the game and changing some parts of the story would make many feel better.

But still, I know that Last of Us Part II would not be what it is without its story.

Still, I’m sure the game’s fans would approve one change – the choice to not play the game as Abby.

After all, she’s killed out hero!

Not everyone enjoys playing as a villain…

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Conclusion

The 24 hours gameplay with half playing as Ellie and the rest as Abby is a serious rollercoaster of emotions. Be prepared to feel the pain, anger, frustration, and disappointment.

But in the end, I’m sure you’ll (maybe) agree that the game was well made.

If you’re interested to get the game and enjoy the post-apocalyptic zombie world, I’ll leave some helpful links below.

Did you play the game or did you play it’s first release? What are your thoughts about it?