Disclaimer: this was originally posted in r/thelastofus, but was removed for having a critical opinion.
Earlier today, I finished Part II. I have a lot on my mind about it and would like to share my current thoughts. I'll keep it spoiler free until I start talking about the actual story and characters.
The gameplay was familiar, yet different. I don't know how to explain it, but the gameplay was changed up enough to make it feel different, yet it also feels the exact same as the first. I did really enjoy the parts where the infected fought people, or the wolves and scars fought each other. In terms of guns, they're pretty much the same as the first game. Yet you can attach a silencer, or craft arrows, etc. I liked that. Also this might be an unpopular opinion, but I like how with your guns, you can only upgrade them once. For example, you can add a scope to your rifle, but you can't make the scope zoom in more. I feel that fits Ellie a lot. Not much else to say about gameplay, other than the fact that I hated killing the dogs when I had no choice.
The graphics are amazing. This is definately the best looking game I've ever seen. And that's just it.
Okay, I'll stop beating around the bush here. You came to see me complain about the story. And yes, I do have complaints. And there are spoilers from this point forward, but before you stop reading, I'd say give the game a shot and see what you think. Ignore what the internet is saying. Anyway, I'm starting spoilers in 3…2…1… You gone? You gonna play the game now? Good. So, Part I was such a perfect story that it would have been hard to replicate. And it was. There was a lot that I didn't like, but there was also a lot that I did. The most prominent thing that I didn't like was how they handled Joel. I was so angry when he died. Originally at Abby, but the more I think about it, the dumber his death was. Not only that, but I think he died too early on in the game. I was expecting Joel to die. But not this early on. I originally thought Dina was gonna die in the scene show in the trailer. And the fact that Abby used a golf club to kill him…I still don't know about that. She could have killed him any other way, but she decided to play Wii Golf. And then the two girls eventually make it to a theatre and spend a good portion of the game there. I wasn't fond of this part, since the pacing felt slow. But after that, I was on board. When I started playing as Abby and played through the same days, that was a lot more engaging than Ellie's story. I did really like the flashbacks though. At first I thought it was a little weird. After 2, it was a bit off-putting, but I started to like them. The ending was…weird. At first, I thought the end would be in the house, similar to Uncharted 4. But then stuff kept happening and I realised I was nowhere near the end. And somehow Tommy survived being shot in the head? Okay? But the ending really did rub me the wrong way. Ellie tried to find Abby and then she found her, ready to torture her. And then she just let her go? Like, WTF? That was all a waste of time! And then when she got back, both Dina and JJ were gone. And that's it. I was disappointed by the end, but a lot of people were disappointed by the end of the first game originally. I think I need to play the game again to get a proper opinion on it.
Well, that's all I have to say. Thanks for reading. Uh, may your death be swift. Goodbye.
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