Originally launched in 2013, The Last of Us Part II has garnered rave reviews for its superb storyline and visually stunning gameplay. Fans were understandably disappointed when a sequel was announced back in 2016 when the game suffered serious delays. However, those delays were not the only problems that Naughty Dog, the developer of the game, has seen in the development of the game.
Despite the player controlling Ellie now in the sequel, there were some fans push back for taking the spotlight away from the original character, Joel. In addition, Naughty Dog has also been criticized for the game’s violence, as well as its handling of LGBTQ+ issues.
The Last of Us Part 2 is actually UK’s fastest-selling bundled game for the year, something that also works pretty well for its foreign outlook. It is likely to keep putting up more and more selling numbers as data inputs: highest ratings combined with the largest reach I’ve seen in mass media since Animal Crossing: New Horizons, combined with the success of the original and Naughty Dog’s overall solid reputation, inevitably brought us one of the generation’s largest exclusive releases.
However, despite the game’s thriving sales, fans are still divided. Although some applaud the sequel, others are reluctant and flooding websites with negative feedback. In these reviews, the most frequent complaint seems to be to the direction Naughty Dog chooses to take with the plot.
Remember, thread very carefully because below are SPOILERS ALERT.
An official trailer released back in 2018 depicts Ellie sharing a kiss of the same sex with another girl. While the character had come out as gay in the first game, the new trailer also prompted some fans to suspect the sequel of possessing a ‘gay agenda,’ or, in other words, trivializing Ellie’s sexuality to make a political or moral argument.
Some are irritated that Naughty Dog would choose to focus on the issues related to LGBTQ+ because they do not see the significance or usefulness in it, while others see the game as belittling sexual identity politics, negatively affecting LGBTQ+ people.
Given the arrogant ignorance in the center of it, it is evidently impossible to manage this particular controversy with a sensible discussion. If more players don’t feel that games should promote inclusiveness not only to help more people see themselves in their escapes from an often harsh world but also to amplify the expressions of a wider range of creators so that people can all enrich from new ideas and perspectives, then sadly there are no convincing words that can make those players sure that they have nothing else to attain from taking that hatred with them.
For what it’s worth, there are many others who not only admire The Last of Us Part 2 for its compelling characters but also for the way the game portrays and builds them throughout the campaign. This game does a particularly brilliant job of building the connection between Ellie and Dina, as the relationship between Ellie and Joel was expertly established in the previous game.
Joel’s Death Controversy
Somewhere around a few hours into the campaign of The Last of Us Part 2 Story, Joel is killed by a mysterious new character and her band of survivors in front of Ellie. We later discover that Joel’s killer is called Abby and she’s out for vengeance because she’s the daughter of one of the doctors who Joel murdered to rescue Ellie at the end of the previous game.
There are some problems in some players’ minds about Joel’s death.
The first problem involves the fact that Joel is completely dying. Most viewers mention Joel as their favorite character in The Last of Us series and have been excited about this sequel mainly because they would be able to play as Joel at some stage and see the clear progression of his story and relationship with Ellie. And most of Joel’s appearances and interactions in this game with Ellie are confined to flashbacks, instead.
The second major problem in some people’s minds with Joel’s death is that they think it doesn’t make sense based on what we know about the character Joel is. Joel and his brother Tommy are trying to get Abby out of a life-threatening situation right before he dies. However, in The Last of Us, we see numerous examples where Joel does not trust human survivors. He even goes so far as to try to run one over at one point instead of risking them to betray him. Because of its wary nature, in these situations, some feel it is doubtful that he would try to help Abby.
The biggest issue related to the conclusion of The Last of Us Part 2 concerns the decision by Ellie to let Abby survive. Some fans are simply unimpressed that after she killed Joel they didn’t get to kill Abby, which again goes back to the idea that some fans wanted a much more simple and direct sequel supported by a bloody conclusion. Others, however, argue that Ellie’s exact motivation not to kill Abby is based on suspicious evidence at a very convenient time that apparently occurs to her. Those fans just don’t believe her decision to let Abby go through the whole game was properly developed.
Probably this controversy isn’t exactly new. Throughout the publicity campaign of The Last of Us Part 2 some fans thought that the trailers and promotional material of the sequel were focusing too heavily on violence (specifically violence against women). They argued that the excessive use of such brutality by the ads has begun to make it sound a little gratuitous.
The final version of Part 2 of The Last of Us adds a further layer to this particular debate. The Last of Us Part 2 is a very violent game, but its themes are heavily concerned with urging the ideas of unnecessary violence and vengeance cycles. The problem is that the game often requires you to commit violence against enemies that it later attempts to introduce personalities and stories to make you feel culpable about your actions.
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