10. The Release Date
As you will see in this list, there are a lot of depressing things about the Last of Us Part II. But they wouldn’t have been nearly as impactful if the game hadn’t been released in the middle of a devastating pandemic.
Back in 2013, when the first game was released, there was a fun escapism in zombie apocalypse scenarios. The fictional cordyceps fungus that caused the infected was something we thought we’d never have to experience. And if the game got too much? No matter, switch it off and plug back in to the real world.
Naughty Dog (the game developers) even celebrate Outbreak Day every year on the 26th September – a date that commemorates the outbreak of the fictional disease. This day is used to promote the game and release exclusive content.
The Last of Us Part II was released on the 19th June 2020 in the midst of the ongoing global crisis. Suddenly, the idea of a disease-ridden world wasn’t so fun. As people desperately tried to escape their lockdown reality, Part II was a cheerless reminder of what was happening in the world.
As players trawled through the abandoned streets of Seattle, it was far too similar to the uninhabited town centres around the world.
It’s understandable why people would rather watch re-runs of friends than play a game that served as a reminder to the current state of the world.