The official blog of the PlayStation platform recently revealed that Naughty Dog’s last game The Last of Us 2 has officially sold 4 million copies worldwide, beating out other fast-selling Sony PlayStation games like Unchartered 4: A Thief’s End, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and God of War.
A message from Neil Druckmann, Vice President of Naughty Dog and Director for the The Last of Us 2 was also posted saying:
We are so immensely grateful to the millions of fans around the world that have played The Last of Us Part II and shared their experiences with us over the last week. We set out to tell a new kind of story, one that deals with difficult themes and would challenge you in unexpected ways. Hearing how the experience has resonated with so many of you and witnessing the type of thoughtful discussions it has sparked has been so incredible. We’ve also been so inspired by your creativity — whether it’s your gorgeous Photo Mode shots, jaw-dropping gameplay GIFs, or the songs you’ve recorded using Ellie’s guitar.
The Last of Us Part II was made possible thanks to the efforts of the hundreds of talented and passionate developers here at Naughty Dog. We can imagine no greater honor than seeing that same passion mirrored by the people playing it. Thank you for helping us reach this amazing milestone.
After some delays of its release due to COVID-19, finally Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II was released on June 19.
Game and Tech website TechRadar have given a five-star rating, saying “it is the greatest game of this generation”.
The Last of Us 2 is an emotional, captivating gut-punch that explores themes of vengeance, tribalism, and the gray areas of morality, making it not only the game of the year, but of this generation.
The New York Times has also praised the game saying that it “is a Dark Game for a Dark Time. Set in a violent, tribal, pandemic-ravaged world, the long-awaited Naughty Dog epic will leave you damaged — and awed.”
Other review and critic sites such as Metacritic has given the game 95 rating but with some cautions like “uncomfortable” and “misery simulator” giving way to pronouncements like “one of the best video games ever made.”
About The Last of Us Part II (as described by PlayStation)
Five years after their dangerous journey across the post-pandemic United States, Ellie and Joel have settled down in Jackson, Wyoming. Living amongst a thriving community of survivors has allowed them peace and stability, despite the constant threat of the infected and other, more desperate survivors.
When a violent event disrupts that peace, Ellie embarks on a relentless journey to carry out justice and find closure. As she hunts those responsible one by one, she is confronted with the devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions.
A COMPLEX AND EMOTIONAL STORY
Experience the escalating moral conflicts created by Ellie’s relentless pursuit of vengeance. The cycle of violence left in her wake will challenge your notions of right versus wrong, good versus evil, and hero versus villain.
TENSE AND DESPERATE ACTION-SURVIVAL GAMEPLAY
New and evolved gameplay systems deliver upon the life-or-death stakes of Ellie’s journey through the hostile world. Feel her desperate struggle for survival through improved features such as high-intensity melee combat, fluid movement, and dynamic stealth. A broad variety of weapons, crafting items, skills, and upgrades allows you to personalize Ellie’s capabilities to your play style.
A BEAUTIFUL YET DANGEROUS WORLD
Set out on Ellie’s journey, taking her from the peaceful mountains and forests of Jackson to the lush, overgrown ruins of greater Seattle. Encounter new survivor groups, unfamiliar and treacherous environments, and terrifying evolutions of the infected. Brought to life by the latest iteration of the Naughty Dog engine, the deadly characters and world are more realistic and meticulously detailed than ever before.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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