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Exactly what I was waiting for! Have had the game in its wrapper for a few months now, suspected this was coming.

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Buzzing. Was holding off playing until the update. Will be downloading the moment I finish Yakuza 3.

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Completely missed that Digital Foundry put up a video on the PS5 upgrade as it went up just moments after the announcement! 

@Sheikah @Goron_3, hope you enjoy it! 

Though I think the game has its flaws and some very vocal detractors (for some legitimate reasons, and some not so much) it was still one of the standout games of the generation for me. That I played it on the base PS4 last summer and was blown away at how great it looked and ran on that means I'm a little envious of you diving into it for the first time with this patch on PS5! 

 

...inevitably, this means I'll have to replay it at some point :p

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Game is installing, watched a recap of the first game's plot (and may have gotten a little emotional at certain scenes again...) and the 60fps patch is downloading :D

Managed to avoid spoilers, so I'm basically going in blind. I do have one (in my opinion quite obvious) prediction:

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Joel will get infected and he gets killed (or kills himself).
This would kind of disappoint me, 'cause it's painfully obvious and boring...but if it's executed well, I probably won't mind that much.

If he gets killed by bandits or some other group, Ellie will rage and kill people up the ass.
And if Ellie kills him, I will be bored.

Other than that...looking forward to seeing if there's going to be a cliffhanger or if this is the end of The Last of Us. If it's the latter, I really hope they don't go with "we can create a vaccine without killing Ellie, yay, happy ending, god bless us everyone". I hate that :p

Well...going to watch some German football and the Champions League final and if I'm not too tired, I'll play The Last of Us Part 2 for a bit.

I'm going to cry, aren't I :(

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Look forward to reading your thoughts @drahkon

I've been half tempted to return to this (and the first game) over the last few weeks, especially as I played it on a base PS4. So far I've staved it off well enough - there are so many other games to play, it's seriously an embarrassment of riches at times - but the release of the 60fps patch for Part II means the game is slowly calling me... :blank:

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3 hours ago, drahkon said:

going to watch some German football

That match was decided pretty early so I went ahead and played The Last of Us Part 2 for 1 1/2 hours.

First of all: It's a drop dead gorgeous game. Naughty Dog are freaking wizards and I can't wait what they do with their first PS5-only game.
Secondly:

3 hours ago, drahkon said:

I'm going to cry, aren't I :(

Welp...
(be aware, early game spoilers)

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That song...

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...and her sad expression surely got me close to shedding some tears.

Yeah...it's gonna be one of those experiences :D

Here's a screenshot for @Hero-of-Time:

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I know you love pets :p

Some more early location/fight spoilers:

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It's so beautiful.

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And violent.

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And brutal.

One more thing: I got reminded of how horrified I am of Clickers :laughing:

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That asshole deviated from his early patrol and scared the shit out me :p

So far, so good.

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:(:mad::cry:

Joel :(
What a scene that was...hit me hard.

My prediction was off by a bit.
Now...if Joel shows up as an infected...not sure what I'd think of it. It would be a little too obvious now and I'd probably not like it.

Anyways, I'm 100% in now.

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6 hours in.

Still can't believe how gorgeous this is. And it's a freaking PS4 game:

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Story ramped up a bit. Just what I've come to expect from Naughty Dog: exceptional writing throughout, so far.

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That was heartbreaking :(Dina's look says it all...

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Oh yeah, more heartbreak... :(

But also something cheerful (yet, kinda sad, too):

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Combat is tense, keeps me at the edge of my seat and sometimes makes me jumps up. The encounters are just top-notch. Atmosphere is creepy and yes...I can still handle it :p

Also: While I'm lucky enough to not need the accessibility options, I decided to check them out. It's crazy how much effort the devs put into these. Should become a standard for major releases.

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Didn't have much time to play today, but I did manage to dabble with the photo mode a bit :D

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It's so pretty :heart:

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And the encounters are brutal.

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Watched a scene that made me feel things...

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Ellie saying that it sucks the bitten aren't immune...the story of how people suffer, having to kill each other after getting infected, not being able to kill themselves...

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...and Joel keeping up the lie.

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Made me quite angry towards Joel. Not for keeping Ellie alive, but for denying her the truth.

This game :bowdown:

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Phew...

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Ellie is starting to lose it...

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That sequence was intense...
And the game didn't stop. Threw me from one emotion right to another:

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Ellie realizing what she's done :(

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But it's not over...

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As soon as I saw Joel, I knew what was about to happen.

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His face when he told her :(

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And her breaking down :(

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:cry:

Oh well, I did smile once, though :D

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And the madlads actually put in Hotline Miami :D Including the banger track Hydrogen by MOON.

 

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I guess I'm now halfway through the game.

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I thought the game was about to end...

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...but then you get to see more of Abby's backstory.

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Going to be interesting to see how her story plays out and how the confrontation between her and Ellie will end...

And here's something again for @Hero-of-Time

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Good girl :D

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Made some more progress. Still enjoying it, even though it's starting to get quite repetitive. The encounters always play out the same. The stealth-gameplay is really good, though.

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That sequence of encounters was really good!

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I wonder how much of the game is left.

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Oooohhh boy.

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That chapter on the island :o
Pretty much every chapter with Abby  so far was great. A lot more enjoyable than Ellie's part. I also think Abby is a much more interesting character.

Sadly, I have to go to sleep now. Might finish the game in a couple of days, though, depending on how much there's still left to play.

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So I finished this yesterday and share very similar feelings to@Zell.

To be honest, I didn't find the story particularly depressing because the characters were all kind of behaving in an absurd manner and didn't feel very real at all. Like, when Ellie left the farm that was a real eye rolling moment. If she had gone on to die at the end after that I honestly wouldn't have cared. One thing that particularly irks me in this game is that people seem fully capable to act on whatever impulses they want. I mean, it's basically an utterly horrible, apocalypse scenario where one bite (or enemy ambush) would end your life, but none of the characters seem to be aware of this and go off on their revenge plots as though they're nothing. Or at least, that's how it felt to me when playing the game.

I felt the ending was strange and almost had no meaning/moral to end on. It also felt like there was a lot of filler throughout - how many times must I strum a guitar or see a flashback, or wander through non-hostile areas.

I did generally enjoy the attention to detail and the polish, combat (to an extent), and the general production values of the game. Graphically it looked great, especially at 60 FPS. The game was criminally long though, which is unforgivable in my books. Never overstay your welcome. The Abby sections were too long and the game should have ended at the point where you met Ellie as Abby. The way they kept the game going after that was a mistake. They could have easily wrapped the game up there in which both players understand each other because they basically did the same thing as each other - seeking revenge because someone killed what was basically their dad. And it would have worked because they'd have seen how many people got killed along the way for their revenge, and how pointless it was.

Overall I thought the game was decent but not great. The more I actually reflect on the game the less I think of it, so perhaps don't ask me again in a week. :p

 

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