In the year 2013, Naughty Dog unleashed The Last of Us, a gripping tale of survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The game received critical acclaim and captured the hearts of fans, leading to its sequel, The Last of Us Part II, in 2020. Fast forward to 2022, and the original game was remade, followed by the highly anticipated HBO adaptation in 2023. Now, in 2024, prepare to immerse yourself once again in The Last of Us Part II Remastered, a visually enhanced edition with new levels and an exciting roguelike mode. If you're new to the series or need a refresher, fear not! We've got you covered.
1: Not-Zombies among UsForget everything you know about zombies because The Last of Us refuses to call them that. Instead, humanity faces a parasitic strain known as Cordyceps Brain Infection (CBI). This infection turns people into aggressive hosts driven by an insatiable urge to spread the virus by biting others. Oh, did we mention that the virus is airborne too? Corpses turn into spore-spewing husks, making gas masks a fashion necessity in this fallen world.
2: The Stages of InfectionThe infected beings in The Last of Us go through different stages. First, we have the Runners, aggressive not-zombies that attack non-infected humans with claws and teeth. Then, as time passes, the Runners lose their vision and become Stalkers, relying on rudimentary echolocation to track their prey. But the real nightmare begins when Stalkers reach their first birthday (or "incubation-day?"). They transform into Clickers, completely blind creatures that navigate through terrifying clicks and screeches. Trust us, these not-zombies are the stuff of nightmares.
3: The Horror CulminationAt the fourth and final stage of CBI, the infected morph into Bloaters. These monstrous creatures are massive, encased in a hardened shell of fungal growth, and impervious to bullets. They even use chunks of their own bodies as chemical grenades. Fortunately, bloaters are a rare sight, with only seven of them making an appearance throughout The Last of Us. Phew!
4: A Fractured SocietyAs expected in a post-apocalyptic setting, society in The Last of Us is shattered. American cities have turned into quarantine zones, functioning more like police states than havens. Resources are scarce, and some zones have even been abandoned by the government. The Federal Disaster Response Agency (FEDRA), responsible for these zones, is like FEMA on steroids, using explosives to eliminate infected and non-infected alike. On the other side of the spectrum, we have the Fireflies, rebels striving for a cure and the restoration of democracy, albeit through questionable means.
5: Bandits, Cannibals, and Shades of GrayIn this bleak world, bandit groups roam the land, preying on innocent survivors. The Hunters, ruling over the Pittsburgh quarantine zone, and the Cannibals, who live up to their name, are particularly ruthless. Morality is no longer black and white, and survival often requires questionable choices.
6: Meet Joel and EllieNow, let's talk about the heart of the story. You step into the grizzled boots of Joel, a former smuggler, voiced by the charismatic Troy Baker. Joel's journey begins when the outbreak occurs, resulting in the tragic loss of his daughter, Sarah. Two decades later, he forms an unlikely bond with Ellie, a foul-mouthed, comics-loving 14-year-old girl. Ellie is immune to the infection, making her a crucial hope for humanity. Joel's mission is to escort Ellie safely to the Fireflies, who believe she holds the key to finding a cure.
7: A Journey Filled with ChaosOf course, things don't go as planned. FEDRA soldiers close in, and Joel and Ellie find themselves entangled in a web of danger and uncertainty. Along the way, they encounter allies like Tess and Bill, face off against ruthless enemies like the Hunters, and witness devastating events that test their resilience.
The Last of Us is not just a game; it's an unforgettable experience. With its rich storytelling, intense gameplay, and breathtaking visuals, it immerses players in a world where survival is the ultimate goal. So grab your gas mask, sharpen your wits, and prepare for an emotional rollercoaster in The Last of Us Part II Remastered. It's time to navigate a world teeming with not-zombies and discover the true meaning of humanity in the face of adversity.