The Last of Us Part 2

Hattie Colegrove, Reporter

Everyone knows the famous game, The Last of Us. It broke records for Playstation in 2013 when it dropped. Many players became attached to Ellie and Joel after a short period of time, as did I. Fans have been excited for the story to continue for over 7 years, and Naughty Dog announced The Last of Us Part 2 was being released late May, 2020. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the game has been delayed but will still release soon. While we wait for the game, we can talk about some new advancements Naughty Dog has made to improve the gaming experience.

The story to the first game was outstanding, and it took quite an amount of time to complete. Naughty Dog claims this go around, the first game nearly compares to the amount of playing time and how much of the elaborate story is present in the second game.

Second, new mechanics have been added to the game. Ellie can now make new weapons, crawl, squeeze through tight spaces, and way more. The company is excited for players to play the mechanics that improve game quality significantly. Naughty Dog has also told how the world will be more detailed, expansive, and interesting. There will be many more areas to explore and get lost in.

New enemies and smarter AI have also been added to the game. Ellie’s companions are now smarter and will help more than those of the first game. In battle, characters usually do not help the main character fight, but now they will. Runners, stalkers, clickers, and bloaters are still going to be in this game, but a new bloater has emerged. Naughty Dog has updated the bloater design and they will be harder to kill. Human enemies now know each other by name, and feel more emotion when their companions have been killed, and they now have guard dogs which can sniff out Ellie’s location.

This game is one of the most anticipated games of 2020, and with all the new updates, AI, mechanics, and more many are extremely excited to play.