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As I loved the original game I was sceptical about this one. Would I even like it? As I am at the early stages of the game here is my initial review.... it looks gorgeous, it someone told me I was playing on the PS5 I would have believed them. The controls are virtually the same as the original but the in game prompts are there also for newcomers. The story reminds you of how the original ended and where they are now. You get gently invented to the story and enemies, starting off easy with some runners before moving onto the harder clickers. There is a lot to take in at first as they move the story on by 7 years and introduce you to a lot more characters but it plays it out well. Has all the signs of a masterpiece but only time will tell... Update, must be about half way (I’m guessing) of this huge game. One of my favourite ever games. Only criticism is the way the story keeps going back in time, 2 months ago, 2 years ago, 5 years ago etc. I would rather play it in sequence, 5 years ago then moving forward. But other than that I see no faults at all. Overall: I’m not convinced by the story, in the first one you were on the same side, in this switching between two characters who are trying to kill each other, does not work for me. Would you play a game of football with one team in the first half a different in the second half, without being able to control who wins? A summary after completing the game... The story starts off really well but loses itself later on with changing characters and going back a few years. But the gameplay, for a third person shooter with some puzzles is one of best games available. Overall i enjoyed it and will play it again once it comes out on the PS5.
First and foremost, I knew of the leaks and initially it did make me consider cancelling the pre-order. However, I decided that considering how much I enjoyed the first part I would give the game a chance and as such, I am very glad I did.
Lots has been said about the graphics so I won’t delve too deep, they are brilliant, certainly the best the PS4 has seen and the animation, sound and soundtrack etc. is simply first class. I won’t post spoilers but I will skirt around certain aspects.
The game is essentially split into two parts where you get to see the story pan out from two different perspectives. A significant event takes place early in the game which provokes Ellie to seek retribution and so the journey and exploration of Seattle begins. Ellie’s quest is very much Last of Us Part 1 orientated, lots of dialogue and encounters with a wide variety of different factions and infected. On the subject of factions there are two to deal with, the Washington Liberation Front or Wolfs and the Sepherites, a group of religious types that are at war with the aforementioned faction. Both differ how they patrol and secure their areas, the Wolfs tend to be in large packs and have the added bonus of attack dogs which use their sense of smell to track Ellie down. The others I personally believe are harder to deal with, they tend to notice you quicker and communicate via whistling which eventually leads them to your location. It is quite off-putting the whistling, you just never feel comfortable when trying to navigate an area. Finally, and not considering them as a faction, is the infected. Again, they play a massive role and some of the types you come across are both frightening and at the same time exhilarating to take on. There is still the guys from before and a couple of new ones to keep it fresh, some of the set-pieces that you are subjected to form the main highlights of the game in my opinion.
The second part is seen through the eyes of someone else and is definitely the more action packed side of the game but it just doesn’t fit in with the original narrative. There is a lot going on by Ellie that would affect the other protagonist but until near the end, you are not aware of what is going on. It is strange and completely disconnects the story. Towards the latter stages the game just turns into uncharted with various elaborate set pieces that look good but just seems to make no sense. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it, I thought as a whole the second part easily eclipsed the first part in terms of enjoyment but they just feel as separate games entirely.
There is also a third act which I think very early on had a natural stopping point but it is needlessly dragged out for absolutely no reason, nothing is achieved by the final act.
It does sound like I am hating on the game a little but in reality I think it is one of the best that I have played this generation. I liked the characters and the decision made by Naughty Dog, I think once the context has been explained, it is easy to accept the direction that was taken. There are a lot of people that don’t agree, hence 1 star reviews but no way does this game deserve anything less than 4 stars. The game, regardless of the direction etc. was always going to be inferior to the first, it was a masterpiece. The balance was perfect and the bonds you make and the people you meet just further compliment it. Last of Us 2 is completely different, more action focussed but still an absolute gem of a game that will last just as long in the memory as the first.
Finally, if you are thinking about value for money, this has it in abundance. The whole campaign took me over 28 hours to complete and during some parts I felt as though I just rushed through. It does have replay value also with New Game Plus, but essentially it is quite refreshing to have a single player campaign that is this long rather than the normal 10 hours that you normally get. Brilliant game, don’t deny yourselves playing it based on petty, unfounded comments by so called “fans”.
The game arrived in two disc format and required both to install however you only need one to play. The game installed smoothly and played generally very well. In the 30 plus hours of gameplay I only observed two instances of graphical glitches that quickly disappeared and did not come across any other game play glitches. The PS4 itself ran the game without issues as far as I could tell.
If you’re a fan of the original then you will love this immediately from a graphical and gameplay point of view. It’s bigger, crisper and stunningly well realised and fully immersive as a result. The music and understated acting captures the tone of the original and whilst the story will come down to personal preference, the characters are naturally diverse without feeling forced and are well animated. From a technical point of the view the game is a masterpiece.
The story itself is very dark and violent and forces you to change your perspective throughout and your ability to get on board with this and understand what’s being asked you may affect your overall enjoyment. I’m personally on board with most of the creative choices they made here but I do think structurally the way they got there occasionally doesn’t land as well as it could. As a result the games structure is both a strength and also biggest weakness.
Part II is an action adventure with stealth elements. If you’ve played the first game then this won’t be new to you and you know what to expect. Moments of quiet, character driven exploration can give way to stealth encounters, fire fights or even chase sequences. The gorgeous visuals, sound effects and lack of music often makes this an extremely tense and nerve shredding experience and some of the action set pieces can feel appropriately chaotic. The game is also very cinematic and in this regard is very much equal with its predecessor as the pinnacle of cinematic video gaming. Whilst the game generally isn’t open world you do have the option to explore the areas around you and frankly exploration is key as your run through will benefit as you scavenge supplies and craft weapons and other support items. If there’s a criticism to be had with some of the gameplay elements then it would be that the camera doesn’t always position itself right especially in stealth encounters.
Overall this is an impressive continuation from the Last of Us. A technical masterpiece for me no question and whilst structurally it doesn’t land every note, the story lands many notes that I am fully on board with an applaud. The graphics, sound design and gameplay makes this one of the most immersive video gaming experiences I’ve ever had. Be mindful of the hordes of fake negative and positive reviews but for me this is definitely a game worth experiencing.
Full disclosure, I thought the last of us part 1 was the best game I have ever played. I have replayed it more than 40 times, the story, characters everything was fantastic. So I have been looking forward to this one for years and excited to play it.
I will go through the good and bad elements when compared against the original
Graphics - better than the original, it has moved on a lot and looks incredible
Fighting - there are more movement options and the gameplay is very slick
World - the last of us world has been expanded and great to discover
Story - it is not as emotionally strong as the first, that is not to say it has nothing, you do see it but in a different way. There are some very clever links to the original.
Plot - there are parts of it that you just cannot understand why the character is placing themselves at such risk of death. For example, travelling across dangerous lands, fighting dangerous groups to essentially ask someone "you doing ok?" or your arch enemy is in a situation where they are 99% going to die but you would put yourself and others at a 98% risk of death to reach them because you want to then kill them. You would just think "I will stay at home watch some Netflix, those crazy people will sort that other person out."
The game is enjoyable to play, there are parts where it is really brutal. There are lots of messages in the game and I give the developers a lot of credit for capturing this.
Is the game better than the first, well from a look and feel perspective yes but from a storyline no. The first game went so far beyond what gaming had ever done before I suppose I was hoping this one would do the same. Is that fair, not really, but we have to hope don't we?
So I’m about half way through the game but thought I would write some thoughts so far.
First of all a worthy sequel to TLOU - sumptuous graphics, soundtrack and gameplay. It’s a long game, a very long game BUT I think that’s the point. You are not just seeing the narrative from the perspective of Ellie, you also play as and see the narrative from the perspective of Abby. If Naughty Dog always do one thing well it’s tell a good story. The game makes you think about bigotry, revenge and our own morality in the face of a changed world. The unseen consequences of a seemingly correct choice, plays out in ways that are only apparent when seen through the eyes of the other person. If you don’t like your world view to be challenged then this game isn’t for you.
There are some issues around graphics, with scenery blinking out but for the most part it’s excellent. I particularly love chucking a bottle into a posse of enemies when there are clickers nearby. The ensuing chaos is hilarious.
I’ll update when I’ve finished but ignore the haters and think for yourself
**Update after finishing**
Excellent game and well worth the purchase. The ending is controversial but that is the mark of a story well told. It should provoke debate not absolutes. Well done Naughty Dog!!
Please don't just listen to the bad reviews. Some people just didn't get what it was trying to do (some didn't even play it before slating it...) Let me start by saying I loved the first game and I loved the characters even though Joel was a bit of a monster (I mean he could have maybe saved the world but was selfish instead)
Now for part 2. The gameplay is great. The stealth is terrifying. I was on edge the whole time! You constantly feel like one wrong move will be the end of you! The world is beautiful and yet so broken... The story is better than I thought when I started. In the beginning I was hurt. Then it all suddenly made sense. I began to care again. Yes there were parts of the story I wasn't keen on but not the parts you'd imagine. As for the ending I think a lot of people just didn't get it. It's not the way a lot of people thought and I truly feel like those hating the end just don't understand it. I'd love to say more but I didn't want to spoil anyone's experience as mine was ruined seeing spoilers.
Please just go into it with an open mind, let the story play out and decide for yourself. It may just surprise you.
First things first technically, narratively and presentationally this ticks all the boxes as a good game, even a great one, but I can't give it five stars, why? Because it isn't fun.
The game is relentlessly grim, those moments of wonder and tenderness in the first one? Almost entirely absent in this, replaced by and large with a persistent whiny resentfulness, 90% of the main characters in the game are a-holes, those that aren't are accompanied by the a-holes. The dodgy shooting mechanics and crowbars that break after 4 uses of the first one are still present and still as annoying as all hell, there are human enemies in the game that can survive a point blank headshots, just because. The humans in Seattle in this game present a massive plot hole of if you shoot everyone you meet, how does any faction at all recruit new members?
The game is waaaaay too long, it may seem wierd complaining about content but by the time you finish this game you will have passed one point you thought may be the end and one that you hoped was the end and then have played a last section that feels tacked on and is high amongst the most gratuitously violent pieces of video games I've ever played. It's entirely unnecessary and adds nothing to the story or characters.
If you own a PS4 you have to at least try this game, it is by any measure an.achievement in gaming but more as a piece of narrative art than a fun game, by the end its a grind, that's more affecting than fun.
just wow. I never played the first one so going into this one blind. I've been absolutely blown away by the intensity and craziness of this game. every single enemy encounter area i am at the edge, like i've never been in a game before. You have this awesome dark bassy music following your moves when enemies are near and then if anybody sees you its absolute carnage of you avoiding having your neck ripped off by infected or dogs chasing you when its the rival faction or running for your life through abandoned hospitals and offices.
The kills are brutal in every good way possible. multiple shanks to the neck. hammers getting stuck in peoples heads, exploding bodies and guttural screams echoing round as you wound enemies with a body or leg shot and hide away after to avoid the frantic panic of multiple enemies running onto you.
'The Last of Us Part II' takes place five years after the events of the first game. Joel and Ellie are living a peaceful life in a world torn apart by a virus. However a terrible act will change that and will lead to a journey of bloodshed. Players take control of Ellie as she wonders through the dangerous areas, fighting infected people and bad guys. There are plenty of upgrades and the arsenal is quite satisfying. The graphics and attention to detail are fantastic and the gameplay is amusing. The story is engaging and very moving. If there is one minus, then that would that the games is a bit overlong. That aside, this is a PS4 exclusive worth experiencing!
Having played and enjoyed the original last of us i was very excited to pick this game up. When i got this i was blown away with the story and gameplay. The level of detail in everything is groundbreaking and very immersive. Moments that stuck out to me where shooting an enemy and hearing other NPCs shout that someone has been killed. The Story was something that stuck with me even when i finished and thought about alot after the ending. My only real criticism of the game was the length of the game and i started feeling bored. I would recommend the game 100% just get ready for a long grueling slog.