The second part of The Last of Us has evolved with a ton of new and descriptive details playing directly off its predecessor. Set in Jackson, Wyoming, the The Last of Us II focuses on the ever-evolving relationship between Ellie and Dina, two women who have to rely on each other to survive in a world seemingly without hope. The game takes place five years after the first installment, with players controlling 19-year old Ellie in a single player only mode.
New features include:
Dogs - One of the most noticeable new features of the game is the inclusion of dogs. These dogs are in the game to follow your scent and will attack you as soon as they have sniffed you out. The game doesn’t pull any punches or “stray” from the idea that while you’re playing as Ellie in a struggle to survive, killing dogs is necessary. You’ll also have to deal with the fact though that each dog has an owner, which will call out the dog’s name and cry in absolute horror when they discover their lifeless furry best friend. You’ve been warned.
Puzzles - Within the game there are a litany of puzzles that need to be solved in order to continue forward while incurring minimal damage. These puzzles are in the form of booby traps that you, as Ellie, need to lay to kill your attackers in the most efficient way possible. Finding the best way to lure your attackers into narrow doorways and ignite them with Molotov cocktails is just one of the many puzzles you’ll need to solve to continue moving in the right direction.
Dedicated dodge button - The creators of the game wanted to gameplay to feel as real as possible. They designed a dedicated dodge button to help you stay stealthy and low to the ground, just like you would in a real-life scenario. You can also crouch and crawl as an effective way to stay unseen and unheard. These tactics will only take you so far though, as your attackers can also hunt you down via your scent. So, while ducking, diving, dodging and crawling will keep you alive longer, you ultimately need to kill your attackers quickly and quietly in order to survive.
The Last of Us Part II is developed by acclaimed developer Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment exclusively for the PS4. The game will come in four editions: Standard Edition, Special Edition, Collector's Edition, and Ellie Edition. Different editions come with various collector’s itemsh, as well as items and unlocked abilities in the game, along with bonus content for pre-ordering the game. The Last of Us Part II is set to release on February 21, 2020.
From Uncharted to The Last of Us, whenever developer Naughty Dog releases a game it becomes a generation-defining event and we expect The Last of Us Part II to be one of PlayStation 4’s showpiece games. This new chapter in Ellie and Joel’s lives picks up five years after the events of the last game, and the focus is once again searching for a safe spot in this horrific post-apocalyptic world.
Naughty Dog explores the cycle of violence in this installment, and our early looks at gameplay have shown this focus could lead to an even darker and more terrifying experience for players. Along with battles and stealth sequence against new creatures infected by the Cordyceps fungus, Ellie and Joel will also square off against other human forces that are just trying to survive or establish dominance in the wasteland.
Ellie’s move set once again pushes players to sneak through the shadows and avoid confrontation when they can, but she can now jump and explore higher elevations, which will help given the enemies are much smarter now.
Naughty Dog says The Last of Us Part II is the biggest and most ambitious title that it has made, and although it was delayed, is poised to be one of the last big games released for PlayStation 4 on May 29.