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The Last of Us Part II receives a brutal new gameplay trailer, continues to look great

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I’m becoming more and more excited for The Last of Us Part II as the days tick by. As both a massive fan of Naughty Dog and the first game, the second part of Ellie and Joel’s saga can’t get here sooner. In just three weeks, we’ll finally have an answer as to whether or not the second game is able to surpass the benchmark set by the original, but until then, we’ll just have to gobble up trailers to satiate the hype hunger. While last week’s trailer focused on the game’s narrative, the latest featurette released last night was dedicated to discussing the gameplay, mechanics and level design of The Last of Us Part II.

To give you a brief rundown on what’s discussed in the video, the shift in protagonist forced Naughty Dog to change things up in terms of mechanics. Ellie is obviously a lot smaller and more slight than Joel, meaning that she won’t be able to land devastating right-hooks when spores hit the fan. What it does mean is that she’s far more agile and nimble, so her movement options obviously reflect this. Unlike the first game, Ellie has dedicated jump and prone buttons to encourage players to use the extra verticality in the environment to their advantage. The prone also allows for more options around stealth and ambushes as players will still have free use of all their equipment when lying down.

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Of course, this emphasis on outmanoeuvring opponents means that the enemy AI has been forced to grow alongside Ellie. Going prone under a car isn’t a sure-fire way to escape a fight as enemies will be able to drag you out from underneath your hiding place. Ellie also has a dodge which will allow her to counter-attack or, probably more commonly, escape combat entirely. The level design is reflective of these expanded movements with wider environments that better take advantage of Ellie’s agility, meaning encounters should hopefully flow more dynamically instead of the sometimes stilted sequences of the first game.

Give the video a watch if you’re interested. I always enjoy these kinds of featurettes that give an explanation of designer intentions, as someone who has no idea how to make a game. The Last of Us Part II is due out on 19 June 2020.

Last Updated: May 21, 2020

7 Comments

  1. MechMachine

    May 21, 2020 at 14:48

    I am so conflicted about this game. Especially when you consider how the first one ended. You were forced to make those decisions at the end of TLOU. There was no wiggle room. The direction they are taking in the sequel is such a betrayal.

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  2. Stoompot

    May 21, 2020 at 14:55

  3. HairyEwok

    May 21, 2020 at 14:42

    Feeling the pressure of survival….. Well i guess this game is going to release at the right time.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      May 23, 2020 at 16:14

      At least they can get beer and spend time with their parents

      Reply

  4. Son of Banana Jim

    May 23, 2020 at 16:03

    Neil Dickman and Anita saved me +R1000. This game is a definite pass from me. No thank you, to a Joel in one. https://media0.giphy.com/media/2zoLjSpEtHhcr8v1wi/giphy.gif

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    • Dresden

      May 25, 2020 at 10:24

      I’ll upvote for Arsenal.

      I’ve avoided the controversy around The Last Of Us, as I’ve only gotten around to playing the first one last week and would rather live in the bliss of that game for as long as possible.

      I’ll just play the second one without having any bias towards it and rage on it after I’ve played it.

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    • Stoompot

      May 25, 2020 at 12:13

      Bwahahaha

      Reply

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