The Last of Us: Part II – Everything You Need to Know
I may be a bit behind on this, but as I was verifying how many days were left until The Last of Us: Part II is released, I found out that the release got pushed back to May 29th! While that is extremely disappointing, I also don’t hate it. It shows that Naughty Dog wants this game to be absolute perfection before releasing it. With that being said, I fell into a very deep rabbit hole researching the game and decided to share everything I found with all of my readers.
Premise of The Last of Us II
For those of you who may be newer to The Last of Us franchise, the game has quite the story. In the first PS4 exclusive release, we travel with Joel and Ellie as they traverse a dangerous world full of zombies as they try to find a way to cure Joel’s younger companion. The second game looks to have a much darker and complicated storyline however. The synopsis is very intriguing as well (see below) and truly leaves everything up to your imagination. No matter what path this story takes us down, I’m more than positive that it will be well worth the wait.
“Five years after their dangerous journey across the post-pandemic United States, Ellie and Joel have settled down in Jackson, Wyoming. Living amongst a thriving community of survivors has allowed them peace and stability, despite the constant threat of the infected and other, more desperate survivors.
When a violent event disrupts that peace, Ellie embarks on a relentless journey to carry out justice and find closure. As she hunts those responsible one by one, she is confronted with the devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions.”
So far there have been nine videos released on The Last of Us: Part II website. Of those nine, two are interviews, three are PlayStation experience panel discussions, One is the reveal trailer, one is the teaser trailer, one is the gameplay trailer, and the final is the State of Play release date trailer. I’m not going to run through the interviews or panel discussions, but I will break down the other four trailers below.
Outside the incredible looking graphics there was so much to decipher in this first reveal trailer. We pan through some desolate woods before seeing a stop sign that has been hit with a Firefly tag. After a little more random panning, we find ourselves within a house with who appears to be an older Ellie. She begins strumming quite the melody on a guitar before Joel makes his way into the house filled with dead bodies, all of which look to be human and not undead. As she finishes, Joel asks her if she’s really going to go through with “this.” Ellie responds by saying, “I’m gunna find and I’m gunna kill every last one of them.” For what you might ask, and who exactly is “them”? We can’t be certain yet, but it’s probably safe to assume that the death of someone close to Ellie triggers her hatred towards what appears to be the Firefly organization.
Unlike the first trailer, this one has no familiar characters form the original Last of Us game. We open with a woman being dragged through the woods. She is quickly hung up by a noose and placed on a bucket. The two men who were dragging the strange woman are greeted by an older woman. Before they get too deep into questioning the random woman, they hear something off in the distance and the two men find another young girl in the woods. They ask her where the other apostates (someone who renounces a religion) are, and the younger girl decides to spit in the woman’s face. “Clip her wings.” The older woman pronounces and the two men begin beating the girls elbows with a hammer.
As the second man is about to clip the girl’s left elbow, two arrows come whizzing by out of nowhere and find themselves in the man’s face and chest. The girl then grabs the hammer and hits the other man with it to free herself. In shock, the older woman turns, but the noosed woman throws her legs over the others shoulders and begins to choke her out. The younger girl then caves the hammer into the older woman’s skull, and she falls lifeless to the ground. The noosed woman is in a predicament now though because she no longer has her bucket and is choking to death. A young boy comes from the woods and the younger girl tells him to cut her down. “But she’s one of them?” He asks as he cuts her down. And then we get our first glimpse of our favorite zombie creatures as they bum rush the group. A very dark trailer indeed.
The Last of Us: Part II Gameplay Trailer
I won’t write too much here since this was an 11-minute gameplay video, but oh my god, this looks insane. We’re finally introduced to Ellie’s love interest while also getting a reminder that Joel is (still) super protective of Ellie. We then, rather shockingly, cut (no pun intended) straight to Ellie slitting a man’s throat in the woods. Clearly the aforementioned raid didn’t go as planned and Ellie is now sneaking her way through the woods in an attempt to make it back home. The graphics are ridiculously impressive, and we get a ton of glimpses into the dark and depraved path this game is heading down.
Ellie makes quick work with her bow, which I’m extremely thankful was brought back, as she sneaks around an old parking garage. We also get a great a taste of the survival aspect once Ellie breaks her stealth. Ellie appears a lot more agile than Joel and it looks as if we will get a whole new array of dodges, movements, and escape techniques. One of the other things you may have missed was that when Ellie killed one of the people, the other person yelled their name. Naught Dog added this in to make you really feel the repercussions of each and every decision you make throughout the game. All in all, this gameplay trailer took my anticipation levels from a ten out of ten to at least a twelve out of ten!
State of Play Trailer
So this last trailer reveals that Dina, Ellie’s potential love interest and obvious close friend, is killed fairly early on in the game. It also shows us an up close glamour shot of a Clicker, which is even more terrifying than I remember. Ellie “has to finish it”, so we assume that the death of Dina is the sole driving factor in her revenge mission. On top of the plot info, we also see the immense world that comes along with the game, and we could potentially get to traverse it with some vehicles. We already saw Ellie cruising around in a boat, so maybe there will be more to come in that area! We also get Joel (somewhat) confirmed as a key piece of the story, but he will probably hold a role more similar to Ellie from the original game.
The Last of Us: Part II Predictions
- The Fireflies will NOT be the villains and will play a very minor role in the game.
- There will be vehicles other than the boat, but they won’t be for open world travel.
- Joel will die brutally at some point within the campaign.
- There will be at least two new infected types (one of which already confirmed in the shamblers).
- The group that Ellie is chasing will have some sort of tie back to the group from the original game
- The scenes from the teaser trailer will be flashbacks and the younger woman who has about to be hung is none other than Anna, Ellie’s mom.
Recent News and Rumors
With all of that info broken down, lets hop into some news and rumors. My favorite announcement so far is that Ellie’s actor, Ashley Johnson, learned archery for her role. Bravo to you Ashley! We also now know that the second installment of The Last of Us is rated M for Mature due to gore, intense violence (duh), nudity (excuse me), sexual content (whaaaaat), strong language, and use of drugs. It’s also rumored that there will be a good amount of parallels between the original and second game, which will be very intriguing to experience as we play through. We can also expect the game to spread over two discs apparently, which hopefully is due to how massive and awesome the game is going to be (lol).
Well that’s all I have for you guys for now. I hope you enjoyed my in depth breakdown of Naughty Dogs The Last of Us: Part II as much as I enjoyed writing it. Be sure to check back soon for updates and new The Last of Us: Part II content, and if you’re in the mood to reminisce you can go check out my other TLOU reviews at DustyPosts.