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I see so many downvotes for this game because the great people over at naughty dog decided to take risks in terms of player V character relationships. Is having unique and interesting characters and story Arc ever a bad thing ? Most of you should have already known what the game is trying to convey and I think leaving a bad review because you can’t agree with it on a personal level is not a review at all. Art is supposed to be subjective people, but you can’t honestly tell me you stopped playing and gave it 0/5 because you didn’t particularly like someone’s orientation. Like wtf? Get over yourself.
Continuation of the first game (in case you can't tell from the title). Core gameplay is the same, but they've added more mobility and enhanced enemy AI to make for a more realistic scenario. Still story driven game. Has linear progression, and is not full open world similar to first game, but the levels are larger and if you explore you get more rewards/resources. Integration of story and gameplay is really good and gets you immersed in the world
Story takes place 5 years after the first game where Ellie and Joel are now in a safe community and has settled down in Jackson, Wyoming.
Main focus is on Ellie this time around, but you play multiple characters getting there perspectives through timeline jumps/flashbacks. Starts off with Ellie trying to uncover the truth about what happened at the end of the Last of Us (part 1) then it goes into revenge quest as opposing groups gets involved.
Character development and motivation are realistic seeing the situation/mindset they're in. As you play, you question if Ellie's motives are rational or not, seeing her lust for revenge The Punisher (Marvel) style. Amazing emotional experience when you couple it with gameplay.
Theme of the game is revenge as you go into two character's different perspectives on it and how they deal with the thought of vengeance giving parallel life situations
Graphics and audio are really good. Very high production value. A lot of environmental detail (foliage, snow dropping down tree branches as you pass them) and realistic facial expressions. Sound track and ambient sound are excellent; best played with headset or 5.1 surround sound.
Able to adjust individual difficulty settings: Overall, Player, Enemies, Allies, Stealth and Resources from very light to survivor difficulty. There are 60+ settings, vision and visual accessibility for those who have disabilities. Even if you don't have disabilities, you can take advantage of them for combat or finding collectables
Core gameplay remains the same from the first game with some enhancements
There's a dedicated jump button giving verticality options to fights and environmental puzzles
Evade mechanics for hand-on-hand battles. Dodge animation change depending on enemies attack and angle they swing their weapon
Ellie learned to swim this time, but a boat is required traverse large body of water
Able to squeeze trough gaps while standing or go prone on her stomach.
Rope used for traversal and problem solving
Can break windows via bricks or melee attacks
If hit by arrow, it'll be harder to aim and disable listen mode until you stop and take arrow out
Dog enemies have sense of perception. You must worry about their scent and can't stay in one place for long
There are new enemy infected types
More environmental interactions with objects during battle
AI communicate better. They call out each other by name and mourn for them or get angry/aggressive when you kill them
There are more craftable items, must decide what to craft due to limited resources given
New craftable items include trap mines, stun bombs, explosive arrows, silencers, bullets, among others
There are expanded skill trees like precision, survival, crafting, stealth. To get new skills you must collect pills and to expand skill tree you must collect survival magazines. You cannot upgrade everything in one playthrough(or at least from my experience, may be I didn't explore as much) so you have to pick-and-choose.
This time you collect hero cards instead of comic books
Level design in this game is really good. Levels are more larger than the first game, giving different branching paths to reach your set destination. There is much fewer environmental puzzles this time around (maybe because Ellie can swim now lol); makes the game flow more smoother
Has a New Game Plus
Overall one of the best games on the PS4. Defining game of this console generation
Graphic are beautiful but after reading reviews and watching bits of the game ' PewDiePie ' i came to the conclusion I'll rather cancel my order and make believe it ended with part one. I hate it how big companies try a pleased stupid groups of people and end up destroying something so amazing. I won't name those groups because I'm not trying to bring negative attention to my go place where i shop the most. Amazon already has enough trying to pleased those stupid groups and all the negative attention from the media.
Update (20.06.24): After finishing my second playthrough, I still love this game. The controversial sequence at the beginning still evokes so much emotions, especially considering all the flashbacks that played out until the end. It still motivated me to on my quest through Ellie's playthrough. The second half of the game is a bit weaker in terms of plot and I understand what Druckmann was attempting to do with Abby. However, the story falls short of doing this by making her a less likeable character than nearly all the characters in the story. Her motivation, similar to Ellie's, is very single-minded and her character flaws do not do her any favors. Even after all her growth, she fails to see how her choices led to some of the most horrific moments in the game and even at the end the player is unsure about whether or not she realizes her mistake.
Ellie, on the other hand, demonstrates growth throughout the series and while the ending left me wanting more, this was a similar feeling I had with Last of Us.
I will agree that the game is not for everyone and it does have a darker tone than the first one. There are still happy moments (i.e. a lovely birthday scene) that I'm convinced was one of the best levels I have played in the entirety of my gaming life. The Last of Us: Part II is by far one of the best written games I have played and I look forward to seeing what Naughty Dog intends to do with it in the future. SUPER DUPER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: There are a lot of upset people who have reviewed the game. Amazon has restricted reviews to verified purchases, but this is easily circumvented by purchasing and returning (like I did). I managed to snag an Ellie Edition last minute, but I'm still allowed to review.
After finishing the game, I can say that it truly is an amazing game. There are some things I am not happy about, but I accept that is just how it is. The same happened for Last of Us, but I could understand why after several dozen playthroughs.
The same goes for LoU2... I will play it a second time through before leaving a thorough review. The graphics are amazing with a few points where models could have been better. The gameplay is great, but a little frustrating since it doesn't play as quickly as LoU in some regards. AI is better and can be more challenging even on Normal.
The story is where the game shines, but I would be lying if I said I am 100% in love with it. I feel like I'll get a better perspective after another playthrough.
In short, this game is my game of 2020. I would rate it 4.7 out of 5 and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it. Just be careful not to tell anyone that or they might accuse you of being a socialist. 😂
I never thought I’d say this but I like Last of us part 2 more than the first game. Gameplay is far superior & more enjoyable especially when it comes to the combat mechanics. Also, you end up in a lot of small scale open world situations which really gives you more time to see the world around you. I have yet to beat the game but the story seems just as good as the first so far. Also, the Ellie statue is one of my all time favorites, it’s extremely detailed & a lot bigger than I expected. Looks like Naughty Dog has created another masterpiece.
Ok. So I was pissed at first when "the scene" happened. But the game is not nearly as bad as a lot of people are saying. This is literally in my top 5 games of all time. Next to the Witcher 3, Metal Gear, God of War and of course The last of us 1. The story is absolutely AMAZING for a video game. You forget you're even playing a game because there's so much dialogue. It's dark and brutal, but it's a beautiful game. There may be a bit of politics in the game, but it flowed in a way that didnt interfere with the story much. The writers did an amazing job and they deserve credit. They have sick twisted minds. They give you these characters that are basically serial killers and still make them human somehow. There's room for a third game down the line too. Amazing!
I was excited for this game and avoided the spoilers when the plot was leaked. there are spoilers in my review just a heads up.
The plot revolves around Ellie getting revenge for a violent event that erupts in Jackson. However, the way it is told could have been improved on a lot. From the get go you dislike one of the main characters Abby, as no context was given as to why she wanted to kill Joel. This makes her character unredeemable from the beginning for most players, as she killed off a beloved character in the worst way possible with no context, all the while being unfaithful to Tommy and Joel's original character in the first game. I understand that they changed over the 4 or so years being in Jackson however it is still a dangerous world and giving away info like names, where they live and all would still be dangerous. Especially towards a group of heavily armed men and women. later on in the story you are required to play as Abby, and I found this particular section to be slow and uninteresting as I had already been disconnected from her as a character. I did my best to like her as a character but she remained unappealing to me, even with the context of her backstory and why she sought Joel for revenge. Yes Abby's backstory is understandable but it just does not hit home for so many people. Rearranging the story would have done justice I believe. Putting her backstory first and then transitioning to Ellie's revenge would have made her more developed and understanding as a character. All in all the graphics, scenery, gameplay, and set pieces are beautiful along with the acting. Despite this I believe that the story is the main reason people bought this game. It should have been about Joel and Ellie developing there bond even further, Joel seeing the consequences of lying to Ellie and killing everyone of course. It might have been better as a theme of forgiveness rather than violence or revenge. Which would overall be like the original as the theme around that game was love. Abby forgiving Joel, and Ellie forgiving Joel for lying may have been a better direction to take the game. developing the bonds between the three could've created some interesting scenes between them. However, the game we have gotten is disappointing and unfaithful to the original content and characters of the first game.
This game is pretty much a downer from start to end. Beautiful, yes. Great acting, obviously. But so freaking depressing. The new characters are uninspired probably because they're pretty much under written and you just have to go along with the relationships that are dropped in front of you from the get go. You're asked to care about them, but they're really not interesting enough to drive the story Naughty Dog is trying to tell. Giving the AI the ability to call out their partner's name as their buddy meets their grisly end doesn't add as much weight as the devs thought it would either because, surprise, we already know that what we're having to do as Ellie is bad. Was really hoping more from Dina and Ellie's relationship but it didn't quite hit the mark (too bad since I've been craving more female-female romances in popular media). Also didn't dig the pacing. Felt choppy whereas it's predecessor had a beautiful and engaging flow to it. Essentially, I'm bummed I spent 180 bucks for a game I'm probably never going to touch again because of how mentally draining it is. Feeling like I also paid nearly 200 bucks for the "bad ending". And look, I get the ending of the first game wasn't exactly happy, but it had a tinge of hope in it's ambiguity unlike this gut punch of a close -- feeling like everything you did was pretty much for nothing. Really, this one feels like it's just a depressing set up for the third installment where Abby finds left over Fireflies and Ellie finally sacrifices herself for a cure. Who knows? So overall, if you like your dark and gritty games with your Game of Throne-esque endings, then this is totally up your alley. Otherwise, tread with caution. Maybe hop on YouTube and watch jacksepticeye and pewdiepie's gameplay videos to get a sense of whether you'd want to go on that 25+ hour journey. Times are tough and we need a bit of escapism to stay sane. This game is super heavy so it's not much of a relief from what's going on outside.
Edit: I will say that the items included in the collector's edition are very beautiful and well made. The statue is very detailed and surprisingly large.