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This new Last of Us Part II trailer shows off stealth, combat and a PS Vita

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When I got the notification that The Last of Us Part II has yet another lengthy gameplay trailer, the last thing I expected to see within it was a PS Vita. Look, I know there are more exciting and interesting things to talk about but come on. Naughty Dog straight up put a PS Vita in TLOU II and something about that just tickles me the right way.

All jokes aside, this gameplay deep dive shows off a pretty healthy slice of what players can expect from the action-adventure game filled with fungus zombies and very grimy men with slightly less grimy machetes. Beyond the utterly gorgeous visuals and animation, it’s clear that Naughty Dog has opened up their game to encompass far more than the original and it looks great.

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The very first difference is more character growth than mechanical because while swimming was a system in the original game, Ellie was previously unable to do so, something she consistently reminded Joel of when traversing flooded areas. Ellie, swimming into some kind of enemy base seemingly built into a dam, eliminates a stray guard (the one with the PS Vita) and proceeds to take out a load of patrolling dudes, all unaware of your presence. The crafting system is shown off, including the ability to form a make-shift silencer for her pistol and, seemingly, new arrows for the bow. The “listen” system returns as Ellie is able to pick up moving enemies through cover, a nice advantage in the thick of a tense situation. Having very recently replayed the original game, the combat does seem to follow a similar pace of quietly eliminating as many enemies as possible before eventually making a mistake and being forced into a violent scrap.

The other very cool addition, and one that I’m not sure was shown off in previous trailers, is the more in-depth skill and weapon upgrade system. While the weapon upgrades are still governed by scrap found in the world, the skills seems to be more open ended, with significant expansions to traits such as stealth and precision. Entire upgrade branches have to be discovered and unlocked as you play the game, which certainly entice exploration more than random pieces of crafting materials (which have also returned).

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Oh, and the other huge new feature seems to be…vents! Those fun little avenues that allow playable characters to eavesdrop on conversations while stealthily crawling above their prey. Other than that, the actual gameplay looks very similar to the first game but blown outward with more dynamic environments, verticality and opportunities to explore, evade and attack. Considering the original game was very set on the whole “chest-high cover” motif, some more realistic environments are a welcome addition. All aboard the hype train!

Last Updated: May 28, 2020

11 Comments

  1. Stoompot

    May 28, 2020 at 14:12

  2. HairyEwok

    May 28, 2020 at 14:16

    That’s Sony’s way of just showing that the Vita is dead as that lady… But I’m liking how they throw in MOON Hydrogen song in there XD

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  3. Son of Banana Jim

    May 28, 2020 at 12:21

    You know what’s amazing about last of us 2? I’ve never seen a game lose all its buzz in such a spectacular fashion…

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/l2Je43vWtWb3aGX9S/giphy.gif

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 28, 2020 at 13:51

      Can’t remember when last I saw a PS exclusive video disable likes/dislikes and comments.

      If ever.

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  4. Original Heretic

    May 28, 2020 at 12:46

    Well, Naughty Dog did also put Crash Bandicoot in Uncharted 4.

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  5. Tbone187

    May 28, 2020 at 20:39

    Some hitman -esque stealth here..Nice!

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  6. CodeDisQus

    May 29, 2020 at 16:30

    This game made me so nervous, so hectic…..Story looks VIOLENT AF….

    I haven’t read the leaks but the company’s track record has earned it the benefit of the doubt.

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    • Stoompot

      May 29, 2020 at 19:12

      The company’s sterling track record was thanks to Amy Henning, but Neil Druckmann forced her out and torpedoed said record. I’m not saying don’t buy it. I’m saying it’s a lot of cash and I’d hate someone having buyers remorse for this act of lunacy. Maybe just peek at the reasons for the negative publicity. Sony disabled the likes and comments on the videos on YouTube. Also ND disabled all comments on Twitter. Where there’s smoke there’s fire.

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      • CodeDisQus

        May 30, 2020 at 11:50

        In fairness to Neil Druckmann and also Amy Henning, The Last of Us was his baby and Amy Henning had little to do with it. So one could say that Druckmann was also integral to Naughty Dog’s track record.
        The story with Uncharted 4 is a tricky one, seems like there were internal power struggles and then the ND heads decidded to go with Druckmann and Straley over Henning, which sucks! A lot of the tension was due to the lagging development of Uncharted 4.

        I know that there is something fishy up with Sony’s handling of the situation, but like I said benefit of the doubt, lol given the benfit of the doubt to much less deserving games.

        I am really interested to see what happens come review times. I just hope that people treat the game fairly. If the game is good and the story is good, be honest about it, even if you’ve uploaded 20 videos on your Youtube channel slating the game. (Sorry that was a dig at those YT channels that do this)

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