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It is ok, not as good as the first one by a long way. I found it very repetitive. I did not think the story was very good at all. It missed a lot of the little moments the first one had. I have played the first one many times over the years. Not sure I will play this one again
No matter what I say in this review people will be angry on both sides of the argument. I absolutely loved the first game to death, Joel and Ellie are some of my favourite character ever written in a game. And my distaste for The Last of Us Part 2's story isn't based on, well no spoilers, if you played it or read the leaked storyboard, you know what happens.
Firstly I will say that the reason I am giving it a 3 star is because the gameplay it's self is fantastic, a great improvement over the original. Everything feels more realistic in terms of animations and interactions. And the graphics... I don't even understand how they achieved them on a PS4 especially on the slim model which is what I played the game through on. Absolutely unbelievable.
My complaint is the story, and is based entirely on the way the game tries to force me to feel emotion and caring for Abby... I tried, I tried my absolute hardest to do so, but I just can't do it. Which means half the entire game I'm not invested in at all because I just don't care what happens to any of these people and it just becomes a shooting gallery. The Ellie part of the game was pretty good, I enjoyed my time there and even enjoyed some of the story. But switching to Abby is where they lost me completely. I completely understand why some people enjoy the game and I feel like if it was it's own standalone game (For example being set in the same world just with completely different characters) I think it would be an absolute masterpiece. There's other issues I ahve with the story but the Abby situation is the main problem for me.
I know no matter what I say, people who hate the game will call me a shill for enjoying the gameplay and thinking the graphics are incredible. And people who love the game will say I "Didn't understand the nuance" and I'm "Just following the herd of haters". And I want to say that I TRIED MY ABSOLUTE HARDEST TO ENJOY THE STORY! I don't want to not like this game, I want to love it because I loved the first one, but I just can't.
I had to get platinum and let the dust settle a bit before reflecting on this game without wading through the quagmire of politics surrounding it, including spurious reviews!
Visually nothing needs to be said, it speaks for itself. Mechanically this game plays like the first, sharp, snappy and responsive. I'd relish the next encounter, and often I'd restart encounters a few times just so I could clear them with optimum efficient satisfaction. You can jump and prone now, but I don't recall using either outside of traversing between action sequences.
Modding and upgrades are the same as the previous game, you can scrounge every corner of every level, but you know it's more of a longer term investment for your game+. One thing I was really pleased about is in game+ the weapons you carry over are there from the start, no waiting to pick them up again in the per-determined chapters.
I was glad to see Mac Quayle (of Mr Robot) brought in to pitch in on the score, but I don't know, I feel like some of the charm was missing this time. It was decent enough, but it slipped into the generic, the random janky / daunting sitar bits in the first game did a lot more for it's atmosphere and resonating identity.
I have to admit any kind of story is pretty low on my list of concerns when playing a video game, I don't feel compelled to deconstruct it and look for hidden depths, meaning or life changing messages, I just don't care. However, I absorbed enough of it in the background to know it was a bit of a mess.
Characters, now this is were the game felt noticeably hollow for me. Generic, bland, angry computer game protagonists are 10-a-penny, but never would I expect this from Naughty Dog. Lighthearted jovial characters have always been one of their USPs. The characters I spent hours with in the first game all appear to have had a lobotomy, out of all the "subversion of expectations" talk, this was the biggest and most disappointing for me.
More of a 3.5, but not quite good enough to round up to a 4 IMO.
Gameplay, graphics and music are fantastic. We could have done with some more new enemy types (believe we only had 1 new enemy), but the ones present still provided tense and shocking moments carried over from the first game.
Unfortunately the game is brought down by poor writing/pacing, which made it quite boring and draining to play at times. I had to take a break for a few days after the first half and even when I came back I felt I was forcing myself to finish it. They tried to take a bold approach with the story, but it was terribly executed.
Furthermore the poor writing really hampered the believability of the game. Way too many moments where characters should have died but got saved by plot armour. A woman out in the field, dropping from 5 foot ledges and fighting zombies/shooting enemies whilst 5 months pregnant or so just doesn't make sense.
The graphics, enemies and environments are superbly realised and very detailed, but they're not that varied and they don't differ much from what was seen in Part 1. Over 80% of the game is limited to Seattle. Often you find yourself having to revisit the exact same locations multiple times. And I know this is a post-apocalyptic world, but does everywhere need to be so grim?
The game's controls and weapons/skills/inventory system are similar to other Naughty Dog games, which is generally a good thing - they're flexible, but not over-complicated. However, it does get pretty tedious having to walk your character around every surface in every room, just to see if there's anything to collect. You could probably complete the game in a quarter of the time without that hassle.
As for the story, yes, the wokery feels a little heavy-handed, but that's a minor annoyance. The real problem is that the plot is so boring and relentlessly depressing. The characters aren't that likeable and they keep doing really stupid things, sometimes more than once. This is a revenge story without the actual revenge. There are lots of long unnecessary tasks to be completed that have zilch to do with the main plot, such as wandering around empty museums, aquariums, etc. The cut scenes are also too numerous and too long.
After playing the game in full, the best advice I can give to anybody thinking of buying this game is ignore the one star and five star reviews. If you liked the first game for the game play you are likely to enjoy this game, but if you liked it for the story and character development, you are going to be disappointed.
The graphics and voice acting are excellent and the combat character AI are definitely improved from the first game, and are good enough reasons why the game definitely does not deserve one or even two star reviews
However, the story line is really not very good and is almost designed to alienate anybody who liked the storyline of the first game. That and the pacing, which is all over the place, are reasons enough for the game not to be given five star reviews, or for it to win any "Best game of the year" awards.
I don't think many people will want to replay the game in full, but on the plus side, you do get the option of replaying different parts of the game after you have finished the game. Despite how much work went into the making of the game, and its length, it is not worth paying full price for. Unless your desperate, wait for the price to drop.
Difficult to review this one. In any other circumstances this would be amazing - graphics, sound, and gameplay are just about perfect for the most part. But compared to Part One, it's nowhere near as good. Part one was a tight, grim, shocker of a story. This one is slow, drawn out and takes some truly illogical story beats. Not going into any spoilers here - but the story genuinely doesn't make sense at times.
People have talked - controversy has raged, actually - about the new characters (I didn't mind them), issues about gender identity and sexuality spoiling things (they don't). But if that sort of thing bothers you, this game isn't for you. It's a very adult game and deals with complex issues, beside the difficult to watch violence and morality on display, and that's something to be aware of before you go in.
It's just... It's too long, with huge, drawn out sections which are frankly tedious to play through. You'll be longing to skip them. The action is basically the same loop - see a location, try to go there, run into map puzzle / generic baddies and either hide or brutally murder them, arrive at location, endure long, long exposition scene, and repeat, and repeat with a few boss battles thrown in.
The gameplay remains almost the same as part one, so there's really not much to be excited about this time around. Some nips and tucks have been added to crafting weapons and gear, and an improved skill tree for the characters makes things a bit more open in terms of gameplay, but it's very similar stuff.
It's nice to see the story expand the lore of the Cordyceps virus - again, no spoilers - with one location acting as a sort of Ground Zero for the infection, with the infected offering new enemy types who have 'evolved' even further.
At the end of the day, it's a solid game; just one I found I struggled to get through due to the tiresome, repetitive nature of the story and the action.
look the Revenge story isn't that good there no reason for Joel to get killed at all there could do the finding yourselves for Ellie or fining her real Dad maybe she isn't the only one that is immune to the fungus plague & do more lore on the fungus because there noway the fungus are from Earth that what I want. Oh the rat king more like the ###### king I hate boss that one kill you & take too many hit ###### the rat king. like I say OK gameplay but bad boss & bad story.
**SPOILERS** Joel has a massive survivors instinct in the first game. To the point where he kills a lot of people and doesn't really have much humanity towards it. He talks a bit in the first game about being a survivor. Then he's trying to protect Ellie as well as himself. Im not that surprised that someone ended up wanting revenge for someone he killed. I liked the fact it switched between Ellie and abbie. But it kind of really messes with your emotions. When abbie kills Joel and then you have to help abbie. But then you get to know her and she becomes a really likable character. She still goes through the revenge process though because she goes looking for joel. Abby was a better character early on though. She had better weapons, she was hench and she was a compassionate person, and her storyline were some of the best ie haven. You dont see much compassion as ellie in this game. I felt like the bit with Ellie and dina on the farm would have been a brilliant ending. I feel like the game just added the end on to elongate it rather than it having much meaning. I would have loved to have seen them have a conversation at the end and realise that they were both in the wrong and end on a truce. Explain why they both felt the way they did and did what they did and their be a mutual understanding. Its hard to blame abbie for killing joel when he did what he did. I cant say i really liked ellie that much by the end of the game. I feel like part of her feeling the need to get revenge is because of how guilty ahe feels for how badly she treated joel since she found out about what happened.. im more pissed at her for that. I do think its a good game but with such a long wait between the first and second game I feel like it should have been better. If there is a third game and ellie and abbie are still hunting each other ill be so pissed off 🤣 Also, everyone hating the game for purely being 'with the times' get a grip!!!
A constant hunt for resources. Kill the infected. Kill hostile humans. Solve some puzzles to progress. Repeat. No choices on your actions, just a relentless pursuit for revenge. Got to the stage where I am now playing Abby, and I am now thinking, how much longer is this game going on ? May give this a break for a while.