Hi guys, I hope you are all well. You guys may know that I’m a big fan of video games and one of my most anticipated video game releases came out this year, the Last of Us Part 2. I was late to the party with the Last of Us – I think I only played it for the first time last year or the year before, but it came out in 2013. I loved the first game and have played it 3 or 4 times now, so of course I was excited for the sequel. After finishing part 2, I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you guys.
Final warning that there will be spoilers ahead. First off I just want to say that it is clear the amount of work that has gone into this game Visually this game is incredible and the game-play itself is great. The acting is amazing and the sound team did an awesome job once again. The sound of clickers will forever make my heart drop in fear. There are some great lighter moments dotted throughout this game too. There are a couple of sections that stand out in particular for me as amazing (and tense), one of which is a section set in a wooded area where you have to avoid Seraphites. While enjoy isn’t the best word to use, considering how grim this game is, but I did really enjoy playing this game.
This game does an interesting thing in that it tries to showcase that every story has two sides. Joel is killed early on by new character Abby and Ellie goes on a quest for revenge. We get to see this revenge quest from both sides, Ellie and Abby. Through playing as Abby, the person the player is supposed to hate, we are supposed to see her as a person and empathize with her, but after roughly 10 hours of playing as Abby I still didn’t like her. Yes, through playing her I can understand her motives but that wasn’t enough for me. Maybe that says something about me as a person. Abby also never shows any remorse in killing anyone and why did she have to kill Joel so brutally? I think it may have worked a little better if we had played as Abby before we saw her kill Joel, since then we have some kind of background with her
Another thing that bothered me a little bit is that almost every time you kill someone a name is called in out – this is basically to try to humanize the ‘bad people’ you are killing and while at first it may make you feel bad for killing them, after a short time it just starts getting ridiculous. This may make me sound bad but I actually started laughing at times because it happens so often and is so obvious in what its doing. I also hated the fact that at one point you have to kill a dog as Ellie (during an avoidable quick time event) and then later on in the game you play as Abby and play fetch with the dog – I feel bad for killing the dog already Naughty Dog you don’t have to make it worse.
Anyway these things aside, I do think this is a good game and it is an interesting story of how revenge affects people. I will say this is not the game to play if you want a light, happy game – the Last of Us 2 pulls no punches and is pretty grim throughout. I do really respect Naughty Dog and this game for doing something completely different with this plot line. Have you guys played this game? I’d love to know what you thought of it. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.