The dust has settled on the magnificent post-apocalyptic sequel from Naughty Dog. But with the introduction of the Grounded update released on 13 August, The Last Of Us Part II is still the game de jour for many avid players.
Under the direction of Neil Druckmann, Part II did its best to provide fan service, whilst taking a deeper exploration of a cordyceps-infected USA, with new characters complete with their own motivations and arcs.
Although the aesthetic is remarkable, it's the storytelling which makes The Last Of Us series stand out amongst other AAA games. Whereas the premiere title ended on a somewhat ambiguous note, which didn’t necessarily warrant (and some players didn’t welcome) a sequel, Part II ends on a much more incomplete note which suggests at least another instalment will be PS5-bound.
With enough time and effort, Sony, Druckmann, and company could truly encapsulate everything everyone loves about The Last Of Us franchise. For it to cap off a spectacular series with justice, Naughty Dog should give the following ideas a read.