Game critics almost unanimously declare the achievement of a new milestone in the industry, sales of Playstation 4 are growing rapidly, and on the calendar already in mid-June we have all the evidence that before the release date of The Last of Us Part 2 already a stone's throw. Without a doubt, one of the most important games of 2020 is coming, so in light of the upcoming release, we decided to collect all the important information about the main hit for Playstation 4. Let's talk in detail about the plot, gameplay, difficulty levels and the difference between the versions of the game for PS4 and PS4 Pro.
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The plot and main themes of the story
As in the case of the original The Last of Us, the second part relies on a superbly cinematic presentation and a plot that is not afraid to expose some of the worst manifestations of human qualities and raise questions of ambiguous moral norms. An adult story about ordinary people who find themselves in ambiguous situations. However, given the emphasis on the plot of the game, the developers are in no hurry to share the details of the story, which is why Sony forced the gaming publications to sign the strictest NDA, allowing only a few hours of the plot to be openly discussed in reviews, leaving more than 90% of the game out. That is why it may be thought that almost every review of The Last of Us Part II is an analogue of a student's thesis, where instead of specifics and facts, tons of water are poured.
However, the plot of the story can be shared. The main characters of the first game, Ellie and Joel, after a failed hospital operation, return to one of the rare quiet corners in the cruel world of The Last of Us - the city of Jackson. Having found a new home, Ellie returns to the life of a typical teenager, finds new friends and the first serious love relationship. Joel finds something even more valuable - a real home and the opportunity to finally rest after 20 years of constant struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. But one day Jackson is shaken by a terrible event that traumatizes Ellie and forces her to take the path of revenge, killing everyone who hurt her in The Last of Us Part 2.
The plot is dark, but logical for a game where the central themes are hatred and cruelty. Just a word of warning - prepare for shockingly violent scenes in which the bloodiest Fatalities from Mortal Kombat seem like a performance for children's parties. According to the head of development Neil Druckmann, naturalistic cruelty is not a means of outrageous, but a way to arouse disgust for violence, showing how disgusting it really is. Therefore, if you want to save your nerves and do not want to witness some of the most violent scenes in the history of video games, we recommend that you consider the decision to buy The Last of Us Part 2 on PS4 several times.
Gameplay: exploration of locations and combat system
The gameplay of the sequel remained generally faithful to the original The Last of Us, adjusted for Ellie's greater mobility compared to Joel and open levels, the concept of which was modified in a modified form from Uncharted 4. The gameplay of The Last of Us Part 2 can be roughly divided into two stages: exploration of locations where we collect resources and find secrets, as well as combat stages that release hordes of people and infected against us. Essentially - no drastic changes, but the massive levels and the abundance of houses that are not necessary for exploration leave more opportunities for finding a variety of activities, some of which are accompanied by cutscenes. However, you should not expect additional tasks, the goal is always the same.
In addition, the combat system won from sweeping locations, which was noticeably enriched in variability due to the presence of multi-storey buildings and a large number of entrances and exits, allowing you to approach the enemy from several sides. Another benefit of the increased scale is the ease of retreating from the battlefield, since at its core the combat system remains the same. Before us is again a positional stealth-action with elements of survival, where, in conditions of a shortage of ammunition, instead of direct confrontation, the best option is to shoot / score a brick, change position, repeat until victory. Also, do not forget about the opportunity to craft items of equipment that expand the scope of tactical actions.
The desire of Naughty Dog to convey in The Last of Us Part 2 the agility and small proportions of a teenager Ellie in comparison with the rather massive fifty-year-old Joel deserves a separate mention. Increased running speed, the ability to squeeze through narrow passages in the walls without slowing down, crawl under tables and trucks, and (finally) jump - all components work both from the gameplay side, adding dynamics to the gameplay, and from the storyline, without causing significant dissonance between the appearance and the actual behavior of the character.
The range of movements was skillfully supplemented with the ability to crawl on the ground and carry out any actions from a lying position, up to shooting and crafting items. And, of course, no one since Left Begind has taken an unbreakable knife from Ellie.
The last significant element of the game is the puzzles tied to interaction with the environment, designed to slightly diversify the peaceful episodes. In the first The Last of Us it was these puzzles that caused the most negative responses due to the monotony and primitiveness of the tasks assigned to the players. In Part 2, they decided to rework the problem areas of the original, introducing simple puzzles tied to physics. Instead of rafts and ladders, the main tools are now rope and bricks, with which windows are broken. However, Naughty Dog did not completely abandon the old and recognizable tricks, sometimes suggesting to use garbage cans to climb to inaccessible heights.
Officially, the genre of The Last of Us series is characterized as survival horror, in which the constant lack of ammunition is one of the main gameplay elements, bringing tension to the gameplay and the need to tactically think over approaches to eliminating opponents. According to the rules of the genre, it was conceived for the player to feel at least minimal discomfort and a sense of danger during skirmishes with enemies. The main thing here is the delicate balance between difficulty and accessibility, which differs depending on which difficulty you decide to start playing The Last of Us Part 2.
In total, in the second part, five difficulty levels are available at the start:
Now we will try to explain at what level of difficulty to play The Last of Us Part 2. Of course, if you are not looking for special difficulties on your way and bought the game primarily for the sake of cinematic scenes, then stop at the second or even the first level, where your cat will even go through the game without problems. The first difficulties come at an average level of difficulty, forcing you to engage in resource management and use your ingenuity when confronting numerous squads of opponents. It is the average level of difficulty that is optimal for most players. At the same time, we note that the balance has shifted slightly compared to the first part, which is why the average difficulty level in The Last of Us. Part 2 ”is a little easier than the one in the first game, and therefore for those who are not against moderate difficulties, we recommend giving preference to high difficulty.
Finally, the last of the currently available difficulty levels is Survival. In addition to the standard options such as fewer resources per level and increased damage, radius and visibility of opponents, it makes significant adjustments to their artificial intelligence. The changes concern both the significantly increased speed of decision-making and the meticulousness with which enemies sweep locations and wander in Ellie's trail. In reality, the Survival game, thanks to the wiser enemies, differs markedly from other difficulty levels, so we suggest all experienced players at least try it or leave it for the second play of The Last of Us Part 2 in the New Game + mode.
In addition, with the release, the game will have another difficulty mode - Realism. Naughty Dog is silent about its details, but we can assume that it will work similarly to Realism from the first game, that is, it will reduce the number of checkpoints and disable the interface.
A separate feature of the game is the advanced difficulty settings, numbering about 60 point-adjustable options. For example, you can adjust the vision parameters of opponents, or reduce the number of objects at a location and increase the damage from enemy hits, than provide yourself with additional hardcore. Or, on the contrary, no one bothers to reduce all parameters to a minimum, turning the game “Some of us. Part 2 ”into a relaxed walk in the children's sandbox. The 60 options also include accessibility settings, divided into three categories: visual, auditory, and motor. The former helps to customize the game for the blind or visually impaired, the latter for the deaf or hearing impaired, and the third for people with disabilities.
The difference between Playstation 4 and Playstation 4 Pro
Naughty Dog, with the release of their new game, once again showed what talented specialists are capable of with an almost unlimited development budget. They were capable of a lot - graphically, The Last of Us Part 2 is one of the most beautiful and technological games that came out on the Playstation family consoles. It's expected that given the superb visuals, someone might want to upgrade their standard console to Pro to play The Last of Us 2 at its best, but is there really that much difference between PS4 and PS4 Pro?
To answer this question, let's turn to the video of technical specialists from Digital Foundry, where they analyzed in detail both the picture in the game as a whole and the versions for different consoles in particular.
The general conclusion of the experts is expected: technologically, the graphics in The Last of Us Part 2 are a real breakthrough for outdated console hardware, and this applies to both versions. The funny thing is that the performance is higher on a weak console. Both versions of the second "The Last of Us" almost always work at 30 FPS, while the Pro version sometimes drops by 2-3 FPS. As for the picture, the versions are absolutely identical, except for the resolution. PS4 version outputs the picture in 1080p resolution, PS4 Pro version in 1440p with upscale up to 4K. In the end, it may be worth upgrading to Playstation 4 Pro for The Last of Us Pert 2, but only if your TV supports 4K resolution, otherwise you won't notice absolutely no difference.
Recall that the release of The Last of Us Part 2 will take place this week - June 19 at midnight Moscow time. Also note that the version of the game for the Playstation 5 has already been officially confirmed, but it is still a secret what the graphical improvements will be and whether they should be expected at all.
The Topic of Article: Everything You Need to Know About The Last of Us Part 2: Story, Gameplay, Difficulty, Difference Between PS4 and PS4 Pro.