The Last of Us Part II

released on Jun 19, 2020

The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after the events of The Last of Us. The player traverses post-apocalyptic environments such as buildings and forests to advance the story. He can use firearms, improvised weapons, and stealth to defend against hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus. The game intermittently switches control between Ellie and Abby, and also briefly Joel in the opening sequence. The nimble nature of the player character introduces platforming elements, allowing the player to jump and climb to traverse environments and gain advantages during combat.

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Oh boy, where do I even start with The Last of Us Part 2? This game is a complete disaster and a slap in the face to fans of the original game. It's obvious that the developers had no respect for the source material and instead decided to shove their own political agenda down our throats.
First of all, the game completely ruins the characters and story from the first game. They kill off Joel, one of the most beloved characters in gaming history, in the most brutal way possible. And then they force you to play as this new character, Abby, who nobody cares about. It's like they wanted to take a giant dump on everything that made the first game so great.
And speaking of Abby, what's the deal with her? She's just a generic, unlikable character who's only there to serve the developers' political agenda. They try to make her sympathetic by giving her a tragic backstory, but it's just a cheap trick to make you forget about how terrible she is. And don't even get me started on how they try to make you sympathize with her by making her kill Joel. It's like they're trying to say that revenge is justified, which is a terrible message to send.
And then there's the political agenda that's shoved down your throat at every turn. They try to push their progressive views on you with the whole transgender character thing, but it just comes off as forced and fake. And don't even get me started on the whole "diversity" thing. They're so obsessed with making sure that every character is diverse that they forgot to make them interesting or likable.
The gameplay is also a complete mess. The AI is terrible and the combat is clunky and unresponsive. The puzzles are way too easy and the forced stealth sections are just a waste of time. It's like they put all their effort into making the game look pretty and forgot about everything else.
Overall, The Last of Us Part 2 is a complete disaster and a waste of money. The developers clearly had no respect for the fans or the source material and instead decided to push their own political agenda. I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone, especially fans of the first game. Save your money and play something else.

Gay panic. I want to fuck every woman in this game except for maybe Mel, but most of all Dina and Ellie. Storywise, game was amazing and the gameplay was some of the best I've experienced. Big love.

Been playing the game on Grounded recently for the first time. I got the platinum trophy back in 2020 before I knew this site existed, and haven't played much of it since. Might as well log it here.
I think this is easily Naughty Dog's best and most interesting game, it's so ambitious and yet it achieves almost everything it wants to do. It's not my favorite, it's very hard to beat Uncharted 4's masterful act of closing Nate's story for me, but it's real close.
I don't think any other AAA game has told such an epic, risky and heartwrenching story, and the cinematic presentation here is still at the top of the class. TLOU Part II pushes the potential of storytelling in games forward, as the game utilizes every trick in the book, from the least to most interactive, in order to make you feel everything the game wants you to feel, and it is an absolutely wild rollercoaster of emotions.
The game is very well paced, as it successfully juggles between gameplay and story moments with various levels of intensity. It understands how to keep you engaged while still letting you completely process what's happening, and living in the moment. Considering the scale and structure of the story, it's quite a feat.
The survival action gameplay from its predecessor has been expanded upon, in pretty much all aspects. The gunplay and resource management are as fun as ever. There's new moves like the dodging mechanic and being able to prone. The level design is some of the best in any game, as it is much more expansive and natural than the first game. The human enemy AI is smart, and they also feature some added depth, like calling out each other names and using whistles to communicate with each other, both of which serve as examples of how far this game will go to try to get into your head and psyche. The game's systems works very well in the regular difficulties, but on Grounded, the game's intense approach to realism is unmatched.
TLOU Part II is arguably best in class in almost everything it does, and that's the most impressive thing to me. There's pretty much no other game that does so much, and also gets away with so much.

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I can't help but just be impressed with how ballsy the writing is... choosing to kill Joel and others off the way they do and then having you play as the very girl who killed her for half the game, only for Ellie to never actually kill her in the end
Just for how unsafe the writing is and how willing they were to get a lot of hate from diehard fans is impressive enough, but the actual writing and storytelling is awesome too, and the parallel between Abby/Lev and Joel/Ellie is so obvious
Not to mention the gameplay is a huge step up from the first game and the stealth play is on par with some of the best hitman games
Good music with a fantastic environment, keeps you fully engaged and always wanting to keep playing, I think the runtime (took me 24 hours to beat the game) is perfect
I certainly get why people hate this game, but I fucking loved it and thought the story was so awesome. I was very skeptical and disappointed when I first started playing as Abby, and was ready to hate on the game like so many others did, but then I actually played through her storyline and it was genuinely more fun and interesting than what Ellie was doing. I felt so conflicted near the end and was relieved when Ellie didn't kill Abby... anyone who hates Abby as a character is just blinded in the same way that Ellie was (until the end).... she lost her father and everyone she ever cared about, the exact same thing happened to Ellie and they are acting the exact same way, but yet Abby is the "bad girl". They are both bad

A tad bit better than the first game, but still one of the worst written games I've ever played. Cliché over cliché, and the most basic gameplay you could think of.