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State of Play: The Last of Us Part II Showcase

Naughty Dog offers an extended look at The Last of Us Part II gameplay and story in latest State of Play broadcast.

Arguably one of the most talked-about games of 2020; upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive title The Last of Us Part II by developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment is less than a month away from its awaited release.

Following recent showcase for Ghost of Tsushima a few weeks back, Sony has revealed a brand-new State of Play episode today featuring in-depth gameplay preview for The Last of Us sequel, which premiered earlier on Twitch and YouTube.

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State of Play: The Last of Us Part II Showcase

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TLoU2 game director Neil Druckmann breaks down gameplay details and story experience in an extended video.




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State of Play broadcast begins with a flashback to previous events and then moves to previously shown footage from The Last of Us 2. A couple of years after first game, Ellie have moved with a community of survivors in Jackson, Wyoming.

They were able to find peace and safety behind town walls from horrors of a global pandemic. Ellie has grown up to be on her own and even found love within her community until everything was ruined all of a sudden by a tragic event.

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She begins her latest journey looking for justice and revenge, which takes her to unforeseen parts of outside world, voyaging though various weather conditions and different seasons that were not explored before in 2013 predecessor title.

Part II has added new traversal mechanics that will allow Ellie to climb, jump over gaps and even use ropes to scale or swing over. This way, she can access to new areas for a greater exploration, find resources or avoid threats.

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She can cover a most part of a vast open-world on horseback and sometime she requires riding a boat to go past flooded streets. In her quest to seek retribution, she would come across human enemies, guard dogs and infected creatures.

A huge part of story premise takes place in Seattle, which was formerly a quarantine zone and has now become a warzone for its former residents. Members of two surviving fractions are constantly fighting over control of land and resources.

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One of these groups is a militia force named Washington Liberation Front or simply known as WLF for short. They fought military occupation in early days of pandemic and were able to gain control over Seattle but still wary of trespassers.

Then there is a fanatical religious cult calling themselves Seraphites or Scars, also fighting for territory and living among themselves. These guys are brutal in their ways, prefers to be very stealthy when they go out and roam in groups.

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Alongside these murdering sects, the deadly threat of Cordyceps infected creatures is still out there to take you out if you are not ready. Aside from Clickers, Runners and Stalkers, TLoU2 introduces a new enemy type called Shamblers.

These heavily armored beings are overly mutated threats that will spread out corrosive spores that can burn you. Druckmann mentions of one more lethal enemy class in his narration that has been kept in reserve to discover upon launch.

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More details on various gameplay mechanics such as combat, crafting, listen mode, skill tree development, senses, stealth and other aspects that were discussed in early videos are given a through breakdown by game director himself.

Hiding under tall grasses is an easy cover but enemies can easily find you when they are in close proximity. If you get surrounded, running away is a better way to avoid being mobbed and then slowly establish cover to come up with new plan.

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Otherwise, Ellie can choose to fight back as she is more agile than most enemies and has a number of weapons to defend herself. She can place a perfect shot or use any throwable items to stun them before finally taking them down.

Although she can take care of herself, Ellie will be backed up by her lover Dina or friend Jesse in few of her missions. In presence of multiple types of enemies, you need to come up with new strategy of approach or pit them against each other.

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In an extended gameplay sequence, Ellie explores around Seattle by swimming and ends up in a WLF territory. She sneaks up on a girl from enemy camp playing on her PlayStation Vita and kills her shortly afterwards by stabbing in her throat.

On her way to enter nearby compound she kills a bunch of guards, displaying previously discussed features. She even drops a molotov cocktail on an unsuspecting WLF member and her guard dog, potentially burning them both alive.

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It appears that previous 4Chan leak claiming The Last of Us sequel would be a "Revenge Story" against a cult was accurate on a few things about Seraphites and WLF but fans will have to wait till its release to see if all those rumors were true.

Throughout 23-minutes long State of Play episode for The Last of Us Part II deep-dives into many gameplay elements that largely emphasize on a unique playthrough experience that can still interest of many players despite early leaks.

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