The Last of Us 2 is out June 19. Before you dive into the game, read our review to find out what to expect. Released seven years ago this month, The Last of Us — Sony-owned Naughty Dog’s award-winning survival horror game written and directed by Neil Druckmann — was one of the last major exclusives made for PlayStation 3. . The Last of Us did a great job for Sony’s previous generation consoles. Its highly anticipated, long-to-be sequel The Last of Us Part II – also from Druckmann, with Hailey Wegren Gross (done by) as co-writer – now in a similar position, PlayStation 4 will be acquired by PlayStation 5 in late 2020. The PS4 is at the end of its lifecycle, which is why the Last of Us 2 save game is loading. Takes up to a minute.
This is a long question to live up to. Thankfully, The Last of Us 2 is up to that challenge. It builds on the much-acclaimed story from the original and expands on already established themes, most of them stemming from cycles of violence, keep on repeating. This includes family bondage, religious intolerance and bigotry and vengeance confused with justice. Through it all, The Last of Us 2 breaks down expectations and forces you to think about the actions of the characters you’ve come to realize. In some ways, it’s similar black Panther, Except here, it also goes back to the zombie-style metaphor of humans, which is always more terrifying, even in a post-apocalyptic world. Humans make their own choices, zombies do not.
Those are weighty themes to deal with and so The Last of Us 2 is as sad, depressing and morbid as its predecessor, because of the atmosphere, setting and Gustavo Santaola’s background score. It’s even more so since you’re playing Pandemic’s story in a pandemic-ridden world. As well as the violence and silliness of its fighting, with every kill etched on the faces of the characters, who twitch and grunt as they grapple with what they need to survive. The fact that you are actively participating makes it a lot more uncomfortable than watching someone in a movie. The Last of Us 2 intertwines these with a few lighter moments, but they’re so few and far between that you’ll want to take a break and eat something light.
The Last of Us 2 opens around the time the original ends, with Joel (voiced by Troy Baker) telling his brother Tommy (Jeffrey Pierce) the truth about what happened in the hospital at the end of the first game, The truth he was hiding from Ellie (Ashley Johnson). Soon after, Joel Jackson visits Ellie at her new home inside the settlement in Wyoming. There seems to be a distance and coldness between the two, possibly brought about by their final conversation in The Last of Us, but after Joel presents Ellie the guitar and plays Pearl Jam’s “Future Days”, As well as fulfilling the promise made by Allie, it melts. Foreshadowing the events of his first game and The Last of Us 2.
One morning five years later, Ellie is woken up by her new friend Jesse (Stephen Chang). Their exchange reveals that Ellie kissed Jesse’s ex-girlfriend Dinah (Shannon Woodward) the night before, which brings confirmation of her sexuality to the main game, introduced in the prequel expansion The Last of Us: Last Behind. has gone. Ellie and Dinah Jackson set out on a routine patrol mission outside the settlement, but it becomes too much after learning of some bad news. This eventually moves the characters to Seattle, Washington, where most of the action takes place in The Last of Us 2, including a militia known as the Washington Liberation Front and a Christian sect called the Serafites.
The ravaged, overgrown city of Seattle brings a glimpse of the open world in The Last of Us 2, something that was missing from the first game. With a map, you can move around and find new places to investigate, which will provide you with extra supplies or help you progress in your main quest. Although most of it is optional. Occasionally, The Last of Us 2 offers the opportunity to play with other characters, but we can’t say more as Sony forbids critics from discussing specifics. And since the central story is more focused in time than the first, The Last of Us 2 deepens the experience using flashbacks, which are also the gateway to its happy squares.
In terms of gameplay, it’s a bit ridiculous – though, sadly, typical of games with a skill tree – that The Last of Us 2 wants you to re-learn certain skill sets, given (at least). a) The characters already did this in the previous game. Thankfully, The Last of Us 2 expands on the capabilities available from the start. Now you can lie prone for extra stealth. You can dodge enemy melee attacks. Now you can climb the ropes and swing. And upgrades – new and old – are divided into branches including “Survival” (listen mod speed, health kit), “Crafting” (melee upgrades, smoke bombs), and “Stealth” (silencers, prone speed). And of course, you can still do everything from the original, whether it’s riding horses or pitting zombies and humans against each other.
Stealth has been improved as a mechanic in The Last of Us 2, partly thanks to the introduction of Prawn. While crouching helps you hide in tall grass, you have to be prone to do the same for shorter grass. You can also crawl under vehicles and objects to keep your cover. The sound design and score, which hang ominously on the game, also serve as a gameplay tool, notifying you of danger. But The Last of Us 2 also sneaks in with the introduction of a new enemy: dogs. In fact, of all the new obstacles that stand in your way—including the new zombie “shamblers,” which release a cloud of acid to do area damage—guard dogs are the hardest to deal with, as they can detect your movements. and can lead others right to you. To lose them, you have to prepare a distraction or run far.
For those who have trouble with combat in general, you’ll be happy to know that The Last of Us 2 is more accessible with five difficulty options. It is also more accessible to players with disabilities, including those with hard of hearing or low vision. Naughty Dog claims The Last of Us 2 is the most accessible game ever. This is all the more important in a title that makes heavy use of dark and barely lit indoors. This – along with the emptiness of a post-apocalyptic world – is a light on the PS4’s aging graphics rendering engine, which may instead focus on the details in faces, crucial for viewers to connect with and relate to the characters. ,
If you keep your eyes wide open amid the dark interiors, you can spot a PS Vita and PS3 among many Easter eggs. Although The Last of Us 2 is set in 2038, its world is frozen in 2013 when the pandemic struck before the arrival of the PS4. But as the PS4 prepares to take center stage in the real world, The Last of Us 2 is a fitting swansong for a best-selling console that dwarfed its primary competition during the 2010 console generation. This will likely boost sales of the PS5 as well, given that Sony hasn’t promised an equivalent yet. Xbox Smart Delivery, And largely for good reason, if you can take a heartfelt look at the financial objectives here.
Soon after the release of The Last of Us, Druckmann Told If he can deliver something on the level of The Godfather Part II, he’ll be up for a sequel. That inspiration has apparently carried through to the right of the name: The Last of Us Part II. But despite the shower of praise and accolades on the original, it was no godfather. The padding required for video games, contained within the concepts of level design, gets in the way of the pacing. Still, The Last of Us 2 delivers where it counts. It’s oppressive, it’s brutal, and it’s a sucker punch, given the situation it keeps to drive you home that can lead to a shift in perspective. As the saying goes, every villain is the hero of his story – and vice versa.
- story shatters expectations
- Background score and sound design
- feels personal
- glimpse of the open world
- availability option
- can be very morbid for some
- Skill Tree Reset Is Too Game-y
- Might have to buy again for PS5
Rating (out of 10): 9
Gadgets 360 ran a review copy of The Last of Us 2 on PS4. The game is available worldwide on June 19. it costs Rupee. 3,999 in India.