THE LAST OF US PART II

We’re hun­grier than an In­fected for Joel and El­lie

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We know this is still El­lie and Joel’s story, but be­yond that Naughty Dog is keep­ing its cards pressed closely to its chest. While El­lie is clearly a few years older, we’ve yet to get a good look at Joel, and even a re­cently re­leased of­fi­cial poster ob­scures his face. This cagi­ness im­plies Joel may not be as we re­mem­ber him. Does this have some­thing to do with the lie he told El­lie at the end of the first game? He’s def­i­nitely in the game, though. Writer Neil Druck­mann

“NO PUNCHES ARE PULLED IN FIGHTS – NOR ARE FACE STAB­BINGS.”

has con­firmed that he’s the ‘old man’ men­tioned when El­lie shares

that kiss with Dina. We’re cer­tainly in­trigued.

GIVE ’EM ELL

Things are a lot less vague when it comes to game­play. You’ll be sneak­ing, div­ing in and out of cover, and en­gag­ing in guer­rilla com­bat, just like in the first game. How­ever, El­lie is far more sprightly than Joel was, and what we’ve seen so far has looked es­pe­cially slick. We’ve seen El­lie us­ing en­e­mies as hu­man shields and, fol­low­ing an es­pe­cially tense mo­ment spent hid­ing un­der a car as en­e­mies searched the area for her, learned that no point of cover is truly safe. No punches are pulled in fights – nor are neck stab­bings or face ham­mer­ings.

Speak­ing of the se­ries’ more bru­tal mo­ments, there’s an­other side to the story we’ve yet to get into. El­lie comes up against mem­bers of a vi­o­lent cult called the Seraphites (who we saw at Paris Games Week 2017, hunt­ing down for­mer mem­bers Yara and her brother Lev). With the help of a mus­cu­lar, mysterious woman who re­mains un­named, the pair deal with the cult only to draw the at­ten­tion of Click­ers.

The cult unites the two halves of the nar­ra­tive, though El­lie’s sto­ry­line is di­vided fur­ther, as Druck­mann has ex­plained that you’ll be jumping be­tween two time pe­ri­ods with her. Can we leap to 2019 now?

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