Mere hours following its release, fans bombarded The Last Of Us 2 with poor reviews and online scores. However, this wasnt a result of players finishing the game as that would simply defy the laws of time and physics. The collective hate stemmed from a beloved characters early demise in the game.
As players eventually finished the entire game, the scores and reviews gradually improved. However, a certain section of fans accused Naughty Dog of false advertising. This is a strong allegation that is more grey than black or white. Heres why.
Also, major spoilers ahead.
The Last Of Us 2 trailers smoke and mirrors
Whether its gaming studios or production houses, the trailer preceding a major release plays a big role. A wellcrafted trailer that leaves the average viewer curious and wanting more is generally a sign of success. Unfortunately, a good trailer sometimes involves gameplay that could entice or influence a players decisions to a great extent, but may not always be what it seems.
It would be harsh to simply brand The Last Of Us 2 trailers as false advertising. Yes, fans have a genuine reason to be upset, but its not because of Naughty Dog failing to deliver something.
Misdirection is a powerful tool that can make or break a bigger entity that follows. Some fans believe Naughty Dog deliberately misled fans into falling for a concept that was purely fictional.
In the original trailers for The Last Of Us 2, Naughty Dog gives Joel plenty of screen time. As fans, the majority of us expected the sequel to be another horroradventure featuring Joel and Ellie.
As we now know, this wasnt the case whatsoever. The games antagonist Abby, kills Joel a few hours into the game. This was a big reason behind the hate and the catalyst that triggered thousands of negative reviews.
Thank you for misleading everyone into buying this game by intentionally swapping character models and recording lines with Troy Baker solely for trailers and advertisements, as they are actually lines spoken for other characters in the game. Very stunning https://t.co/5Qekte0dJw pic.twitter.com/VftyCp6yyO
Bradley Nelson (@nabor605) June 22, 2020
But it doesnt end there. If fans recollect, the trailer shows Joel rescuing Ellie while shes off on a revenge quest.
You think Id let you do this on your own?
10 words that kept echoing in my head, which kept me going with the false hope of Joel actually turning up again.
We did hear those words again but not by the character weve grown to love. In many ways, this particular moment was the straw that broke the camels back.
Many fans took to social media to vent their frustration. Killing Joel off to set up an engrossing story isnt a bad idea, but the fact that Naughty Dog chose to lead players down the wrong path, is whats causing a minor outrage.
As of now, the game is still receiving mixed reviews. While some are lauding the studio for producing yet another masterpiece, others are questioning several plot holes within the sequel.
What did you make of the Last of Us Part 2?