The Last of Us Part 2 has been one of Sony's most anticipated games this E3. The first Last of Us was one of their most popular exclusives back around the end of the PS3's life cycle, just before the PS4 took the world by storm, being one of Naughty Dog's most polished and well-made games to date. The sequel, Part 2, was announced at the PlayStation Experience in 2016. It was accompanied by a brief but intriguing trailer showing an older Ellie playing a guitar, talking to Joel about getting revenge on a group of people. The second trailer came around a year later at Paris Games Week, showcasing four new characters that are apparently going to be important to the story. Sony's E3 2018 Showcase last night presented our best look at the game yet, and finally showed off the first gameplay footage for all to see.
The trailer opens in much happier times, showing Ellie at a dance. According to Naughty Dog, Part 2 takes place five years after the events of the first game. While we've seen Ellie as she is now: older, wiser, and a bit more hateful, we've yet to see Joel aside from his voice in one trailer and a passing mention in this one. We get a brief tender moment between Ellie and a new character, who appears to be her romantic partner, as the trailer smoothly segues into brutal and violent gameplay in a totally different area. As it's quick to show, Ellie has gotten a lot more skilled and dangerous as the years have gone by.
The gameplay looks similar to the first Last of Us; there's a lot of sneaking around, stealth killing, crafting, and vicious melee combat. Animations have improved tremendously since the first, with scenes in combat flowing so seamlessly together that it almost looks scripted, despite being the normal gameplay. The graphics are the best Last of Us has ever looked, and it's all punctuated by the intense violence and dark atmosphere of the game as Ellie makes her way through an area taking out scavengers left and right. As the last enemy is taken out, the gameplay swerves back into the loving cutscene from before, closing off the trailer. Fittingly, Sony chose this to open up their E3 presser with, and it sure did set the tone.
Information on The Last of Us Part 2 is sadly pretty scarce. There's no release date as of yet or even a release window. All that's known is that it will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, see the return of Ellie and Joel, and will be a game focused on hatred, rather than love like the first game was. The world of The Last Of Us is set in a post-apocalypse where a fungal infection has taken over much of the human population, and the survivors all have their own groups and factions. If you haven't played the first game, you should seriously remedy that. It's available on PlayStation 3, or in remastered form on the PlayStation 4. You can view the gameplay trailer below, which is a solid chunk of time at twelve minutes long. Grab the popcorn!