The Last of Us Part 2: Why Some Players Hate This Sequel

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That scene does happen in the game but the key difference is that Joel is replaced by a new character named Jesse (who, it should be noted, is a fairly underwritten and underdeveloped character in comparison to the other main characters in the game). Furthermore, there are some scenes in previous trailers for the game in which we see an older version of Joel interact with Ellie. Those scenes suggest those interactions occur within the “present” timeline of the sequel, but in the game, they’re actually flashbacks that feature a younger version of Joel. It seems that Naughty Dog may have “aged up” Joel in the trailers in order to throw people off the scent of his eventual fate.

Interestingly, this controversy isn’t limited to Joel. At one point, director Neil Druckmann confirmed that Ellie was the only playable character in The Last of Us Part 2. However, we now know you spend a significant amount of time (about half of the game, actually) playing as Abby.

Some feel that Naughty Dog’s alterations are justified given that the studio was trying to preserve and protect some of the twists in the game. However, there are many others who feel that even in the spirit of trying to protect the game’s secrets, these tactics were uncalled for and constitute false advertising.

What we’ll say is that this doesn’t feel like an instance of a game’s story changing over the course of development or that those old scenes and comments actually reflect an older version of the sequel. We’ll also argue that films like Hereditary have managed to conceal the true nature of their story in their trailers, but those trailers utilized clever editing as opposed to deliberately altered scenes in order to achieve that goal.

The Abby Controversy

As we previously mentioned, you play as Abby for about half of The Last of Us Part 2‘s campaign. There are some fans who protest this protagonist swap for a few reasons.

In fact, we talked about two of those reasons in the above controversies. Some people clearly don’t like Abby because she’s a female lead, which, again, is an argument that’s nearly impossible to logically address given the pathetic hatred at the center of it. Others are upset that there’s a second playable protagonist in the game at all (much less this substantial of a playable protagonist) considering that we were told that Ellie would be the game’s only playable character.

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