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Friday, July 3, 2020

The Last of Us 2 Voice Actress Gets Death Threats Online

Laura Bailey, voice actress for The Last of Us Part II character is getting death threats over her role of Abby.

Ever since major plot point of PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure title The Last of Us Part II was leaked online, developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has been facing serious backlash from fan-community.

Upon launch, players start review-bombing TLoU2 on Metacritic and bashing its plot over at dedicated sub-Reddit. A small group of people took it too far by sending online death threats to Laura Bailey, voice actress for The Last of Us 2.

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The Last of Us 2 Voice Actress Gets Death Threats Online

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR UPCOMING THE LAST OF US PART II.

TLoU2 has created a massive rift among its fans that are divided over Naughty Dog's treatment of a fan-favorite character and entire plot. If killing off previous protagonist Joel Miller was not enough, they had to make his last moments miserable.

Many are pissed at newly introduced playable character Abby who is responsible for his death and for being forced to play as her. Their frustration has led online backlash towards Abby's voice Laura Bailey and she recently opens up about it.

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Bailey recently posted a couple of screenshots of her inbox on Twitter, publicly revealing multiple death threats and series of unending harassment directed at her over her portrayal of Abby, most hated character in The Last of Us Part 2.

Now getting angry towards a forcefully inserted character is somewhat understandable and common for gaming industry consumers but such egregious behavior towards anyone over a fictional video game property is not acceptable at all.

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Laura Bailey has posted a screenshot of threats she is receiving for The Last of Us 2 on social media lately.


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To spare uninitiated fans of The Last of Us II spoilers, Bailey redacted some parts of those messages and showed off how bunch of people got worked up by a role she played that they threat her with harm and even death upon her.

People who are harassing Laura Bailey really need to learn to separate fiction and reality to avoid cases like this to spare actors who had nothing to do with a characters' actions in-game other than simple portrayal and leave her alone.

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Jocelyn Mettler, who is a former Naughty Dog employee and served as face model for Abby didn't receive any abusive threats. She worked as a support visual effects artist for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and now works at Beyond-FX.

Thankfully, many fans came to show support for her on Twitter, which she acknowledged in a reply Tweet. The Last of Us Part II has seemingly made people forget that Laura Bailey is just an actor who played her part and not Abby in real life.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Sony Reaches Out Reviewer Over The Last of Us 2 Criticisms

Vice reporter was reached out by Sony representative over his critical review of The Last of Us Part II.

As expected, PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment made a strong opening by selling over 4 million copies in three days.

Generally, majority of news outlets had nothing but praise for The Last of Us Part 2, except a few who were a bit critical of its execution. In a weird follow-up move, Sony has reached out to one of these reviewers over some criticism.

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Sony Reaches Out Reviewer Over The Last of Us 2 Criticisms

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Sales Drops by 80% in U.K. Charts

Sony representative contacted Rob Zacny of Vice regarding his statement of Naught Dog has attempted to repeat with what they already have shown in their previous games and TLoU2 character motivation weren't much compelling.

Zacny was told that his conclusions were somewhat unfair and he dismissed few meaningful changes. Though their exchange was pleasant but it was very unusual for a publisher like Sony to reach out about a review they didn't quite liked.

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Sometime big-name publishers can reach out to individuals for sure but contacting someone for their criticism over a particular game is totally unheard of, especially when that title has become the fastest-selling first-party PS4-exclusive ever.

Naughty Dog and Sony were also very selective about which outlet will get The Last of Us II review copies, most probably because of many outlets reporting on alleged "Crunch Culture" to call out their unfair treatment of all employees.

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Though many reviewers have given The Last of Us 2 a perfect review score, many fans were pretty disappointed with how Naughty Dog has chose to end this saga with death of a beloved character and review-bombed it on Metacritic.

Even game director Neil Druckmann has admitted that The Last of Us Part II is bound to create disagreement among fans. People can always disagree and debate but that often turns into ugly fight whenever it comes to a popular fandom.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 Sales Drops by 80% in U.K. Charts

After a successful opening week on UK charts, The Last of Us Part II sees an 80% sales drop week-on-week.

Within three days of its release, PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has sold over 4 million copies worldwide, setting a huge milestone.

However, that impressive sales number has took a great hit and unexpectedly dropped by 80% this week. Although sales drops after first week are pretty common, difference between The Last of Us 2 and other first-party titles are noteworthy.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Sales Drops by 80% in U.K. Charts

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Recent numbers from United Kingdom market are gathered by Germany's largest market research institute GfK, which solely reflects over physical boxed sales figures in UK only and not including overall digital sales from PlayStation Store.

Despite being at number 1 spot last week, TLoU2 sales have dropped by a large margin and it may lose its place in UK charts by next week. Previously, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for PS4 had seen a 78% drop during its second week of sales.

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Seeing a heavy fall of 80% after a strong opening week is not uncommon for a PS4-exclusive title. Interestingly enough, people who didn't play the first game are buying box copies of The Last of Us: Remastered for PS4, which saw 82% rise.

Last week, Naughty Dog and Sony had a remarkable achievement of attaining number 1 spot on UK sales chart with recently released The Last of Us Part II and its critically-acclaimed 2013 predecessor title The Last of Us taking number 9 place.

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Last of Us 2 Hits 4 Million Sales

Sony reveals The Last of Us 2 has sold over 4 million copies and becomes fastest-selling PS4-exclusive title ever.

Despite receiving widespread acclaim from critics, PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure title The Last of Us Part II by developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment didn't sit quite well with majority of fans.

However, Sony reveals in a recent report that The Last of Us 2 has now becomes the fastest-selling first-party PS4-exclusive ever by selling over 4 million copies by June 21, in just three days after its official release on June 19, 2020.

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The Last of Us 2 Hits 4 Million Sales

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Naughty Dog just reached their first milestone for one of their biggest project in years, which is surrounded in controversy. TLOU2 game director Neil Druckmann has expressed his gratitude to millions of fans who played the game lately.

Although angry fans are venting frustration with memes and rants on dedicated sub-Reddit for The Last of Us Part 2, none of that negativity has affected sales in any way because there are many who are not aware of its "Leaked Story" yet.

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The Last of Us first game has sold over 17 million copies across PlayStation 3 and 4 by April 2018. Given how amazing its predecessor title was in terms of both gameplay and narrative, success of its 2020 sequel was almost guaranteed.

Naughty Dog and Sony were almost certain of strong sales numbers for The Last of Us Part II. Most common complaints of many players are poor treatment of series protagonist Joel and a lousy story direction with new character Abby.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 Slammed on Reddit

Even dedicated sub-Reddit for The Last of Us Part II has turned against it with hatred for many reasons.

After a number of delays, PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure title The Last of Us Part II from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment is finally released to mixed reaction from critics and fans worldwide.

Shortly after its launch, people started review-bombing TLoU2 on Metacritic before moving over to its dedicated sub-Reddit, bashing over PS4-exclusive sequel of The Last of Us over various reasons with complaints and criticism.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Slammed on Reddit

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Usually, people visit specific video game sub-Reddits to praise or talk positive about a certain title before and after launch. However, things turned completely different in case of The Last of Us Part 2 and people are voicing their anger.

Majority of fan-base are expressing their frustration together at Naughty Dog for mistreating one of their most popular franchises by brutally killing off a beloved protagonist and taking a very controversial approach to overall storyline.

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Against thousands of user reviews slamming The Last of Us 2, most critics with games industry have showered praise for TLoU2 on Metacritic, making it a must-play title on PS4 and raising suspicion over a conspiracy to boost AAA sales.

Ever since The Last of Us Part II suffered a major story leak months back, its fan-community on Reddit and other social media mostly tried to stay positive until official release but that too has changed after the game eventually came out lately.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR UPCOMING THE LAST OF US PART II.

Most criticism are directed at how beloved character Joel Miller was clubbed to death by new character Abby from his past that he never knew of and then Ellie's quest for revenge meeting a meaningless end due to her refusal of killing her.

There was accusation of game director Neil Druckmann trying to insert his "forced agenda" with characters and themes of TLoU2. They took issue with Abby being overly muscular than regular females and even assumed her as transgender.

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Understandably, there is a divide between people who are mad with story direction leading to Joel's death and the ones that actively harasses voice actress Laura Bailey (Final Fantasy XIII, Gears of War 4) on social media for portraying Abby.

Some even theorizes that Anita Sarkeesian has played a major influential role in changing story direction, which Druckmann denies even though there is video evidence of him admitting being inspired from her "Tropes in Video Games" series.

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Naughty Dog and Sony has also made a case of huge bait and switch where they have shown Joel in trailer for a specific sequence, giving hope to players to have more presence of him only to replace him with Ellie's friend Jesse in final game.

The Last of Us Part II is likely to sell millions of copies and break records but a faction of players who were hardcore loyalists will be very skeptical from now on and will think twice before spending their money on future Naughty Dog games.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Last of Us 2 Fans Angry Over Change in Trailer Moment

Naughty Dog changing a scene from The Last of Us Part II trailer in final game has made some fans upset.

Going through a number of delays, PlayStation 4-exclusive The Last of Us Part II from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment is finally released this week and has seen an overwhelming reception worldwide.

Aside from getting brutally review-bombed on Metacritic for its poor writing, fans are now getting pissed at Naughty Dog for deceptively changing a key-moment within The Last of Us Part 2 game from a trailer shown last year.

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The Last of Us 2 Fans Angry Over Change in Trailer Moment

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Already spotted by many who started playing TLoU2, final release of the game is changed from what was originally shown in a previous trailer and some users on Reddit has even pointed it out for other players to take notice as well.

In release date reveal trailer from back in September 2019, Ellie is seen to be grabbed by a character that turns out to be Joel. This scene plays out different in original game where she is met by her friend Jesse instead of her mentor.

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Reddit user DictatorInPerpetuity has put up a comparison of how Naughty Dog has fooled TLoU2 players.

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Some players who trusted Naughty Dog despite story leaks floating around online are genuinely upset about such bait and switch. Some are even calling this an example of false advertising, given how much plot context has been altered.

Video game developers often make changes to in-game segments that are shown in trailer and such action is not surprising in case of TLoU2. Dev team for The Last of Us II has probably done this to keep potential spoilers under wrap till launch.

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Players were waiting for TLoU sequel to give a proper sendoff to a beloved series character like Joel Miller but not only was he given a pathetic ending, his fake presence was shamelessly used to deceitfully hype up fans for almost no reason.

The Last of Us Part II is a long-anticipated sequel of 2013 survival horror game The Last of Us for PlayStation 3. Despite its reputation is ruined due to recent controversy, Naughty Dog is not likely to suffer from any loss of sales or whatsoever.

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Last of Us 2 Review-Bombed on Metacritic

Due to poor story-telling and SJW propaganda, The Last of Us Part II is getting review-bombed on Metacritic.

After many trials and tribulations, PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure title The Last of Us Part II from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has seen release lately as a sequel to The Last of Us.

Although many industry critics are giving away a perfect score for the long-awaited sequel to 2013 critically-acclaimed title, a legion of angry users are review-bombing TLoU2 on review aggregator site Metacritic following launch.

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The Last of Us 2 Review-Bombed on Metacritic

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Though official reviews on Metacritic from various high-profile news outlets are overtly positive and currently sitting on an average rating of 95, user score sits at 3.4 out of 10, mostly blaming its poorly written controversial storyline.

A few months back, there has been a huge backlash at Naughty Dog and TLoU2 game director Neil Druckmann from many players for similar reason, when The Last of Us sequel got leaked online by an allegedly disgruntled employee.

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In spite of concerns over coverage of crunch culture within Naughty Dog and payment dispute, delays and a major story leak, The Last of Us Part 2 remained one of the most-anticipated games of 2020 to a large number of audiences.

Majority of The Last of Us fan-base are angry at how poorly their favorite characters are treated overall. Many are mad about an awful demise of a main character due to "Political Agenda" and "SJW Propaganda" of director Neil Druckmann.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR THE LAST OF US PART II.

As expected, story premise for The Last of Us 2 has picked up directly from where The Last of Us originally concluded. Ellie and Joel Miller are now living in Jackson, Wyoming, after surviving a deadly outbreak of Cordyceps fungus infection.

Joel is a beloved character from first game, which cares for Ellie and she looks up to him as a father figure and mentor. TLoU sequel sees Ellie as lead protagonist and she will be going up against a newly introduced character named Abby.

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Thanks to early leaks, people already knew that Joel dies at the hands on Abby, who is daughter of a Firefly surgeon that he killed. Hours into gameplay, not only he is clubbed to death by a "nobody", her friends spat on his corpse as well.

What follows next is that a vengeful Ellie takes it upon herself to take revenge for Joel and she goes to Seattle to find her group. From there, both parties are at each other's throat through many series of brutal events until the game ends.

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The Last of Us 2 Metacritic User Reviews

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Compared to original The Last of Us, all these plot points mentioned above seems like garbage to long-time series fans that has been waiting for last seven years to get a worthy sequel that would see Ellie and Joel teaming up once again.

People felt betrayed when they found out Naughty Dog and Druckmann were busy with cultural representation and diversity, instead of focusing on basic character development and any scope for story is largely replaced with shallow gameplay.

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Review-bombing is becoming a growing problem in recent years as fans storms Metacritic with negative reviews whenever they feel very upset about a certain decisions made by developers and sometime it is used for some sort of protests.

The Last of Us II getting attacked by fans and being review-bombed on Metacritic is not an unforeseen event at all. Despite a surge of overtly negative response online, Naughty Dog can still sell a few million copies of the game pretty easily.

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Last of Us TV Series Signed Chernobyl Director for Pilot Episode

Chernobyl series director Johan Renck will be directing pilot episode of HBO's upcoming The Last of Us TV show.

While a long-anticipated movie adaptation of post-apocalyptic survival horror franchise The Last of Us is planned by Sony Pictures is no longer in works, a television series has just been greenlit by HBO network back in March 2020.

Naughty Dog vice president Neil Druckmann and screenwriter Craig Mazin are already finalized for upcoming HBO show. These two will be joined by Chernobyl series director Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead) for pilot episode.

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The Last of Us TV Series Signed Chernobyl Director for Pilot Episode

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During his recent interview with Discussing Film, Johan Renck announced his involvement with The Last of Us TV show for directing its pilot. He will serve as an executive producer and hinted at working on other episodes if HBO wants him to.

Emmy Award winner Renck was recognized in 2019 for his work as Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special. Aside from his known TV show credits, he also has worked on Bates Motel and Halt and Catch Fire.

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Johan Renck has a varied background in entertainment industry, who was a musician from Sweden before becoming a director. He was also an executive producer on Chernobyl and ran the show alongside series creator Craig Mazin.

Mazin has now being put in charge of developing acclaimed 2013 Naughty Dog title The Last of Us for TV. When plans for a live-action film were scrapped for creative differences, HBO picked up its rights to turn it into a full television series.

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Renck is discussing with Druckmann and Mazin approaching TLoU characters for HBO show since Joel and Ellie are well-known to everyone. Both of them are very serious about this TV adaptation and treating source material with respect.

The Last of Us show snagging both Craig Mazin and Johan Renck from Chernobyl is great news for long-time series fans. Renck believes characters of video game are harder to adapt than the ones from book as everyone knows how they are.