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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

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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.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 Accused of Copying Music Artist

Naughty Dog is accused of ripping off artist for their latest The Last of Us Part II commercial trailer.

It seems like developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment having a tough time catching a break about upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive The Last of Us Part II these days, which is set to release on June 19, 2020.

In a latest development, Naughty Dog has been accused of copying a cover of a song titled "True Faith" from English rock band New Order for a newly released promotional commercial for The Last of Us 2 by an artist on social media.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Accused of Copying Music Artist

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In a now-deleted message on Twitter, artist/songwriter Lotte Kestner addressed Naughty Dog vice president and game director Neil Druckman pointing that True Faith cover used in a recent TLoU2 trailer is a replica of her cover from 2011.

Of course, Kestner did not write the original song but she added unique parts on her cover, which debuted through her album Stolen. Her humming vocal part clearly matches with 45 second mark of the trailer sung by Ellie's character.

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Original New Order track never really had any humming vocals and therefore, she thought her version was copied for TLoU2 promo. Since the song is not created by her, Kestner most likely have no solid legal grounds over this cover song.

Naughty Dog has most probably sought out some sort of copyright permission from New Order before using their song. Often time case like this happens in entertainment industry where a bigger company uses a cover with legal rights.

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Below is latest official extended commercial for The Last of Us sequel that sparked this recent accusation.




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The Last of Us sequel has already suffered a major blow when a major part of its story was leaked back in late April. Then Sony was in some DMCA fiasco with YouTubers and now, TLoU2 is even banned in Middle East for its LGBT themes.

Given how Lotte Kestner eventually removed her original Tweet and Naughty Dog didn't make any response, The Last of Us Part II will not be fighting over some grey area of a copyright law only weeks before its long-awaited PS4 release.

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 Survivor Difficulty Will Be a Brutal Experience

Naughty Dog is pushing "Survivor" difficulty for The Last of Us Part II to be an experience of violent brutality.

Despite a massive story leak earlier, developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment are focused to deliver an unforgettable gameplay experience through upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive The Last of Us Part II.

Regardless of which difficulty levels are you going to take to play The Last of Us sequel, your playthrough will be tensed. If someone ends up choosing Survivor difficulty, Ellie will be forced to rely on brutal methods of survival more often.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Survivor Difficulty Will Be a Brutal Experience

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Sony showcased an extended TLoU2 gameplay footage in recent State of Play episode, which highlighted on many in-game aspects. However, details on available difficulty setting have not been explored in official video commentary.

If you decide to pick up highest difficulty setting "Survivor", expect every threat around you to be dialed to eleven. Ellie will be in life-or-death situations so frequently that there will be no time for moral judgment over her own survival.

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When playing on regular difficulty levels, players will have a list of choices for taking down an enemy or avoid killing them altogether. In Survivor mode, you barely get a chance to choose whether to pick melee weapons or use firearms.

A previous gameplay demo had a statement from developer team that players are not required to kill guard dogs to make progress but "Survivor" setting most likely will force you to choose between you or a rabid canine after your life.

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In her playthrough section in Seattle, protagonist Ellie would come across a number of WLF members looking for her. You can either employ stealth or engage in combat to find out that enemy AI will reach much faster than typical.

Ellie has now learned how to swim and can impressively hold her breath underwater for 16 seconds. Swimming into basement of an enemy camp, she meets a guard playing Hotline Miami on her PlayStation Vita, whom she kills afterwards.

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Stabbing her throat is just a beginning of a killing-spree of WLF associates she will encounter in next enemy spawn positions. Having enough ammo and supplies at your disposal will allow you to use throwable items like molotov cocktails.

You can plan on sneaking up on someone without anyone noticing and hide behind grasses but beware of them having looking back. One wrong move is made and you are about to get your head blown or getting chopped by machete.

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A detailed preview of The Last of Us 2 gameplay on "Survivor" difficulty is shown by reviewer Griz Gaming.




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Naughty Dog added a fresh take on survival horror genre with original The Last of Us in 2013 with people turning into zombie-like creatures from viral outbreak in a post-apocalyptic setting and intends to double down for a follow-up.

The Last of Us Part II has been accused of heavily spotlighting brutal violence to push content boundaries. You are only weeks away from finding out if its gameplay and story-telling aspects have eventually worked out for you or not.

Friday, May 29, 2020

The Last of Us Part II Outsold Marvel's Spider-Man in Pre-Orders

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan claims The Last of Us Part II outselling Marvel's Spider-Man pre-orders in Europe.

Though there is a series of controversies that developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment are dealing lately regarding upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive The Last of Us Part II, fans are still excited for its launch.

Sony had to postpone release of The Last of Us sequel last month only to make it available once again with a new release date of June 19, 2020 and according to report, pre-orders for TLoU2 in Europe have already surpassed Marvel's Spider-Man.

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The Last of Us Part II Outsold Marvel's Spider-Man in Pre-Orders

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Sony's PlayStation division President and CEO Jim Ryan states demand for The Last of Us 2 is more than 2018 super-hero game at this point. Marvel's Spider-Man was also a PS4-exclusive and sold over 13 million units by August 2019.

Ryan believes post-apocalyptic survival game TLoU2 could be a defining experience for current- generation and without confirming a visually updated version, he assures same version of the game will run on next-gen Sony console as well.

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Even though compared in estimate sales numbers, Spider-Man game on PS4 and The Last of Us sequel are from different genre. Insomniac's super-hero adventure was for teenager audience and TLoU2 is targeted for mature demographic.

Naughty Dog has implied and heavily marketed their most ambitious project yet as brutally realistic and full of violence. Also, they have many suggestive themes that may be a matter of concern to many parents and sensitive players.

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Despite many are waiting for this holiday season to see release of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, players have a lot to look forward to in terms of exclusives like Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part II from current-gen consoles.

Ahead of The Last of Us Part II release next month, Sony has planned for a PlayStation 5 reveal event on June 4, 2020. TLoU2 may get a small promo on stage alongside expected showcase video for upcoming new PS5-exclusive titles.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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 in less than a month from its anticipated 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.

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Last of Us 2 Banned in Middle East

Shortly ahead of launch, The Last of Us Part II has been banned from release in several Middle Eastern countries.

Only less than a month away from release on June 19, 2020, developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment are still facing trouble regarding launch of upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive title The Last of Us Part II.

A recent post on Reddit by user Ghostechful reveals that The Last of Us 2 has apparently been banned by and will not be officially released on a few select countries in Middle East, most notably in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

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The Last of Us 2 Banned in Middle East

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PS4 players can still purchase avatars and dynamic themes for TLoU2 on regional PlayStation Store but looking up for The Last of Us Part II only shows original PlayStation 3 version of The Last of Us and its 2014 PS4 remaster in search result.

PlayStation Support stated, any game not appearing in a regional store means it is banned by authorities of the country. However, Twitter account for PlayStation Arabia is still promoting upcoming State of Play episode focused on TLoU2.

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Regions in Middle East are known for being less tolerant LGBT themes compared to Western countries and many works of art often gets banned. Recently, Disney/Pixar fantasy-adventure film Onward got banned for a gay relationship reference.

Although no apparent reason for banning was revealed by authority yet, many are assuming that TLoU protagonist Ellie being openly a gay character, her relationship with Dina and having some LGBT themes overall could be a major reason.

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The Last of Us II is rated by ESRB for having "Nudity and Sexual" content but so does upcoming long-anticipated action RPG title Cyberpunk 2077, which is still available on stores for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates right now.

Given both of these titles features adult elements that are somewhat similar in themes; nudity was never an issue for this ban. The Last of Us heavily centers on LGBT representation, whereas CP 2077 lets players to choose their orientation.

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Ever since gameplay reveal trailer for The Last of Us II came out during E3 2018 event, people in KSA and UAE were shocked seeing the lesbian kissing scene between Ellie and Dina as many of them were not aware of Left Behind follow-up DLC.

Players in Middle East were expecting a ban from Saudi Arabia authority GCAM (General Commission for Audiovisual Media) but it will not have any effect to many since they can simply import copies of the game from other countries.

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Only affected parties are those who rely on digital purchase from local PSN stores and major official retail outlets. Small shops can still import enough stock from nearby gulf countries though or even from Europe and United States.

Naughty Dog and Sony is taking enough fire from fans already for ruining their experience of The Last of Us Part II following a disastrous story leak, which may hurt sales to a greater degree and now they are slammed with a regional ban.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Last of Us 2 Dog Killing is Listed by GameStop as In-Game Feature

GameStop adds "Dog Killing" as a selling point for upcoming PS4-exclusive The Last of Us 2 product page.

It seems that developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment can't catch a break these days regarding their upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action survivor game The Last of Us Part II, set to release on June 19, 2020.

After a disastrous story leak, TLoU2 had to prompt its launch and has become available to order again from retailers online and GameStop has decided to include description of dog brutality as a gameplay feature to make matters worse.

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The Last of Us 2 Dog Killing is Listed by GameStop as In-Game Feature

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The Last of Us Part 2 is going to be an overly emotional experience for everyone and one violent aspect of its gameplay tasks players to make a hard decision where you might have to take down an attack dog just to save your own life.

GameStop tried to hype up players with a feature that is actually a regrettable in-game action and it didn't quite sit well with fans. Not only did they list "dogs" as a feature but unwittingly highlighted players' ability to kill them as well.

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Below is what GameStop included in product description for The Last of Us 2 listing on official website.

Dogs - One of the most noticeable new features of the game is the inclusion of dogs. These dogs are in the game to follow your scent and will attack you as soon as they have sniffed you out. The game doesn't pull any punches or "stray" from the idea that while you're playing as Ellie in a struggle to survive, killing dogs is necessary. You'll also have to deal with the fact though that each dog has an owner, which will call out the dog's name and cry in absolute horror when they discover their lifeless furry best friend. You've been warned.

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They also made a pun about how Naughty Dog doesn't pull any punches or "stray" from forcing players to kill dogs in some situations. Each of these guard dogs belong to a handler who would cry in horror finding dead bodies of their pet.

Nevertheless, advertising something like dog killing as a "gameplay feature" surely caused many people to turn their heads and it even Naughty Dog made a response to clarify that they were not involved in writing of product description.

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Naughty Dog director of communication, Arne Meyer has reached out to clear any confusion of said listing.


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Aside from recent statement, developers previously motioned that players won't necessarily have to kill dogs to progress in TLoU2. When you are attacked by one of those canines, it is entirely up to you whether you flee or kill it.

GameStop would likely to remove description of dog "feature" from The Last of Us Part II product page at some point and those who are very wary of any spoilers would better check out reader reviews section with caution.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 Story Trailer

Naughty Dog and Sony releases brand-new story trailer for upcoming PS4-exclusive title The Last of Us Part II.

Now that a new release date of June 19, 2020 for upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive game The Last of Us Part II is set by developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment, fans are only over a month away from its launch.

Despite having majority of gameplay footage and narrative details being out there already, Naughty Dog has released a new story trailer focused on Ellie that delves deep into her journey of revenge during a post-apocalyptic world.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Story Trailer

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Latest official story trailer for The Last of Us Part 2 sheds light on a violent event that leaves Ellie devastated.




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Ellie looks back at time when she and Joel were on road trying to survive somehow before they settled in Jackson County. Their dynamic is not the same as before but he still is very protective of her and sees her as his own little daughter.

However, their everyday life is thrown upside down by a brutal incident that changes her all of a sudden, Seeking justice, she goes down to a dark path where she starts tracking and hunting down a group that took away everything from her.

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Although greater part of TLoU2 plot premise has been leaked online earlier and many people are mad about plot direction, there are still some who would still love to ride along with Ellie as Naughty Dog originally intended for everyone.

Players can place pre-orders for The Last of Us 2 digital versions at PlayStation Store or choose to purchase physical copies from local stores. Accessibility of physical game copy on launch largely depends on your region location and retailers.

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Naughty Dog vice president and game director Neil Druckmann has taken social media to share a video message earlier that announced TLoU2 had gone gold while turning off commenting section but people has heavily disliked that clip.

After a troubled development phase, Naughty Dog had to delay The Last of Us Part II more than once until Sony had to rush for damage control by announcing a new launch date following a major leak that they are claiming as hack.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Sony Shuts Down Last of Us 2 Criticism With DMCA Takedown

Videos on YouTube discussing about The Last of Us 2 leaks are being taken down by DMCA takedowns from Sony.

After being hit by a massive leak in mid April, upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive title The Last of Us Part II from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has become one of the most divisive games of 2020.

When leaked gameplay and story details of TLoU2 showed up at ResetEra gaming forum, they were taken down promptly. Going a step further, Sony is now actively trying to silence anyone discussing leaks or criticizing them on YouTube.

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Sony Shuts Down Last of Us 2 Criticism With DMCA Takedown

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Despite attempts from Sony to remove all traces of leaks from social media platforms, they were speared through re-uploads to many sites. People were still discussing about known images and story twists that Sony wanted to stop.

To avoid further spreading of leaks, Sony has now decided to manually strike down clips off video-sharing platforms. Anyone trying to discuss anything related to TLoU2 in negative light is getting DMCA takedown notices from Sony.

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YouTuber Ryan Kinel gets a copyright notice on his channel and his video was removed where he was talking about "Anita Sarkeesian and her influence over game director Neil Druckmann" and showed an image that is already out there.

Videos of known YouTuber such as Heel vs. Babyface, Just Some Guy and Geeks and Gamers have been hit with DMCA takedown notices as well. Naughty Dog is apparently abusing a flawed copyright system to shut down all criticism.

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When a livestream from Geeks and Gamers owner Jeremy Griggs was shut down, he decided to contact his lawyer.


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Caring about major corporations, YouTube is clearly casting a blind eye at Sony and letting them misuse their system. People sharing memes of a certain "Ma'am" from TLoU2 are also having their posts getting slammed by copyright strikes.

Trying to stop a leak of an upcoming anticipated title and taking down media that shows related images or videos are somewhat understandable but going after any criticism online actually proves everyone's point of being mad at them.

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Following initial leak, Naughty Dog came forward and promptly announced a new release date for The Last of Us 2. Rumoredly, a disgruntled former staff member was responsible but Sony claims to have found involvement of an outside party.

Many were skeptical about hackers being involved and report of an ex-employee behind these leaks made more sense to them since there was an investigation earlier by Kotaku reporter Jason Schreier about terrible "crunch culture" at ND.

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A leak of such disastrous proportion always hurts fellow developers who worked hard on the project. Many who wanted to buy The Last of Us sequel on day one are now planning to back out for having their favorite franchise ruined.

Although such action is not justified under any given circumstances even if they were not treated fairly by their employer, TLoU2 leak seemingly saved people a lot of money who are not interested anymore and lost potential sales.

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Leaks of entertainment media have unfortunately become very common and almost unavoidable these days; especially in case of popular names and often they spoil some surprise aspects that eventually creates division among fans.

Sometime people get excited to see how things are moving forward as they expected or even better. Then there are times when they are so disappointed that they feel the need to protest online in large groups and withdraw all support.

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Though many will still purchase this game in spite of being spoiled but profits and company reputation is hurt regardless. Instead of going after potential customers and fans that are mad at them, Sony should have sat this one down for good.

What Naughty Dog and Sony probably didn't care about or even considered before doing this is a "Streisand Effect" that follows and in their attempt to silence criticism, they has inadvertently shed a greater light on The Last of Us 2 leaks.

Sony Claimed to Have Identified The Last of Us 2 Leaker

People responsible for leaking The Last of Us Part II are reportedly indentified by Sony, which was an outside party.

Shortly after being delayed indefinitely, major story premise of upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive game The Last of Us Part II has been leaked over ResetEra gaming forum and spread online though re-uploads at social media.

Many reports were stating that this was done by a disgruntled employee from developer Naughty Dog due to an alleged pay dispute, publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment officially confirms that they have identified the leakers.

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Sony Claimed to Have Identified The Last of Us 2 Leaker

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An investigation lead by Kotaku reporter Jason Schreier has revealed last month that Naughty Dog has a "crunch culture" at workplace that has gone too far and many of their employees were even hoping for The Last of Us 2 to fail.

Other than releasing a statement about their disappointment over the matter earlier, Naughty Dog vice president and TLoU2 game director Neil Druckmann requested fans to avoid all spoilers reading or spreading until release.

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Sony initially made no comments on leaks but then came out announcing to have found individuals responsible for TLoU2 leaks. They also claimed that these culprits are not associated with Naughty Dog or Sony, as rumored earlier.

Soon as these cut-scenes and gameplay footage were out, people started discussing and sharing their views online. Sony was forced to reveal a new release date for The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima is pushed back a month.

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Despite declaring to have found leakers, Sony refuses to disclose any details due to an ongoing investigation. Only thing that doesn't make sense here is if they really know who has done it, what is keeping them from taking action?

Given how Sony tried to blame activism group Anonymous after a cyber-attack on PlayStation Network back in 2011 that forced them to shut it down for nearly a month and then it blew up on their face, it is really hard to believe what they say.