The Last Of Us Part II is a masterpiece in disguise. The game developers at Naughty Dog promised that they were going to do something big with the sequel to their fan-favorite Last Of Us, as well as give their players a complex and emotional story, and they have surpassed any expectations that have been laid out for them.
The second installment of The Last Of Us doesn’t stray far from its predecessor in ways of combat, it simply takes what was and improves on it. From added mechanics in close up fighting to a whole new and improved weapon arsenal, the game takes what you loved about the old, and only amplifies it in the new.
There is an added dodge mechanic that allows you to really feel like you’re not just playing out these fights but in them. In the original Last Of Us, you would just go and wail on someone until they died or kite back if you were in danger, but this game has added a whole new depth to full-frontal combat.
All of the old beloved weapons from the original make a return, with the rifle, shotgun, and of course, the bow as well as much more new and improved. All weapons can be upgraded in various ways that fit the player’s style through spare parts you pick up while scavenging at gunsmithing tables. The added ability to craft silencers for your pistol add an extra level to stealth.
While at times stealth already seems to make the game so easy, Naughty Dog has ensured that you can go about each area as you wish with the new prone mechanic that lets you duck under fences and cars in order to avert enemy eyes.
Similarly to the original, listen mode puts the game into easy mode. While tuned back a little bit, there are a plethora of areas where it seems too overpowered and if you are looking for a real challenge use it as little as possible.
Overall this installment of The Last Of Us has taken what it was given and improved immensely. Despite the minor flaws that are seen throughout the gameplay, truly makes you feel like you are experiencing the game for yourself.
The Last Of Us Part II goes above and beyond in showing how brutal and real their world really is. From awkward interactions to a truly ambitious story, The Last Of Us Part II just keeps throwing curveball after curveball as you make your way through the story, making it a unique experience.
In the game, you play primarily as Ellie from the first game, as well as her rival, Abby. As you play both stories you learn the struggles and emotions behind each of their actions and the game resolves in a truly fantastic way. This dual narration of the story adds an extra layer of depth not seen in many games, and for a game like this, it is truly spectacular.
Many of Ellie’s side characters in the game however are hard to love, and often are seen as nuances, however, this is made up for in Abby’s side of the story. Dina is such a bore and as a love interest to Ellie, the player just wants to get away from her most of the time, however, a character like Tommy is seen as a role model and acts as a driver for Ellie and pushes her to keep going further. On the opposite side of the story is Owen, who is a loved character with several layers behind him, as well as Lev who Abby sees as her own version of Ellie as if she were Joel. These supporting characters are what truly shape the story into what it is.
To say that The Last Of Us Part II has amazing graphics would be an understatement. The game runs on an engine that makes it so realistic at times you simply have to sit back and say “wow” to yourself as you overlook a landscape, or are looking at a dead corpse.
Not only do the characters look real and as if you were watching a movie, but the enemies do too. Each infected class has its own charm and horror behind it, with small variants within the classes, the infected seem to really be running at you.
Human enemy types all have such detail in what they wear, any badges they may have, to calling out to each other whenever they see each other die, to even make these base enemies feel like real people to the player. Bodies explode in horrific ways when paired with explosives, and removing chunks of people with the shotgun feels gruesome yet satisfying.
For a company with such an amazing track record, Naughty Dog has really outdone themselves with The Last Of Us Part II. From a deep and compelling story, with some amazing side characters, and some not so great side characters, The Last Of Us Part II never fails to keep you wondering what is going to happen next. Naughty Dog has really tested their limits with this ambitious title and we the players can not wait to see what they may do next.