The Last Of Us Part 2 launched last week, and it’s probably the second most-controversial game I’ve come across. Death Stranding had review scores ranging from 1 to 10, while most critics agree that this sequel to Naughty Dog’s phenomenal The Last Of Us is a decent game, between a 7 and 10. However, I’ve seen so many people complaining about the story, or saying that this can’t be a perfect game so that they won’t play it. There are some really stupid reasons being put out there for avoiding it, but I think you all just need to try it before you make a judgement.
The Last Of Us Part 2 builds upon the first game in every way, and its story is just the next logical tale within this world that was created by Neil Druckmann. I’d argue that this isn’t a game that’s attempting to be profound or be the best of the best, it’s just a very well made game that happens to have one of the best stories out there. You might not agree with me, and hate the story, which is fine, but unless you’ve played it you can’t judge it.
I haven’t finished the game at the time of writing, but I’m getting there. The innovations made over the previous game are all incredibly enjoyable, particularly because I’ve also just finished playing that first game. I do think that the story is almost unnecessarily brutal at points, but it’s important to remember that this isn’t a realistic representation of what would happen in any given outbreak. This is an awful world that has been carved out by someone’s imagination, and as a result certain things have happened that may not happen in a real like pandemic.
What I can say from my time with the game is that it feels fun to play. If you lean into the mechanics given to you, and play through each encounter as a standalone mission, it’s so much fun. I could honestly just play this game for the rest of the year and be happy, but I know it isn’t for everyone.
Please though, for your own sake, play the game before casting judgement. Someone else’s experience will not be your own, and you need that experience to inform your opinion of what this game is to you.