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The Last Of Us Part II Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated yesterday.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a soldier who becomes involved in a conflict between the militia and a cult.

Although the game has the common shooting with firearms and fighting with improvised weapons, you must also use stealth and covert tactics to survive. The main hostiles are humans and mutated creatures from a strain of the Cordyceps fungus. The complex cover system enables you to use obstacles to gain advantages and circumnavigate dangerous encounters. Running through the action is a deep and mature story about commitment, anger and love.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds

Release Date: 19/06/2020

Price: 36% off

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 48 features

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 25 hours and 35 hours to complete. It will take longer on harder difficulties and you can replay the game on New Game + mode for further longevity.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

The Last Of Us Part II usually costs £54.99 to £64.99. 

The Last Of Us Part II

The Last Of Us Part II Digital Deluxe Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £64.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. There are different versions of the game available for collectors in both digital and physical form:
  • Last of Us Part II Standard Edition: The game on its own.
  • Last of Us Part II Digital Deluxe Edition: Digital soundtrack, Digital Dark Horse mini art book, Six PSN avatars for PS4, PS4 dynamic theme.
  • The Last of Us Part II Special Edition: 48-page mini art book, steelbook, PS4 Avatar set, Dynamic theme.
  • The Last of Us Part II Ellie Edition: Amray Case, Steelbook, Premium packaging, Statue, Premium art print, Letter, 48 page mini art book, Ellie's bracelet, Replica of Ellie's backpack, Exclusive keychain, Vinyl record, Avatar set, Digital soundtrack, Digital art book, Making-of documentary access, Additional digital content.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters., graphic violence and use of strong language. Violent scenes vary across the board from moderate pushing and shoving, strong scenes of stabbings and shootings, to extreme scenes of disembowelling, dismemberment, and torture, including scenes of violence towards vulnerable or defenceless persons. These scenes are shown in graphic detail complete with blood and close-up up gore effects, with visible gross injuries.

Sexual expletives, mild swearing and offensive language are heard throughout the game and include the words “*!@?*”, “*!@?*”, “*!@?*”, “dick”, “dyke”, “goddamn” and “*!@?*”.
Secondary issues/information

The game also contains scenes of illegal drug use in the form of characters smoking marijuana, and scenes of a sexual nature including nude characters engaging in intercourse although their genitals are not visible at the time.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 16-18 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The Last of Us Part II has a huge range of accessibility settings (more details here).

The game has been widely praised for these features and even includes settings to specify whether it's easier for you to hold the controller upside-down or sideways, which rotates the directional buttons, left stick, and right stick to match.

You can play with one stick and certain actions can be automatically done for you, for example, auto-pick items, walking through gaps, jumping. The biggest issue is having to shake the controller to recharge your flashlight, it can be remapped to a touchpad swipe. You can use gyro controls to assist aiming.

For sightless onboarding, narration is on by default if Text To Speach has been turned on in the console settings.
 
Our The Last Of Us Part II Accessibility Report documents 48 accessibility features:


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