With The Last of Us Part II Naughty Dog have succeeded masterfully in telling a story about love, hate, obsession and revenge. Importantly, there’s plenty of light to be found despite the darkness and violence. In making the player feel the same emotions as the protagonist and feeling what happens, it succeeds like no other. It’s a real lesson in narrative exploration. Everything is told with incredible acting, and in a stunningly realized world. Beyond the stellar story, gameplay is the perfect evolution of what was found in the original, with Ellie’s mobility making combat feel fluid, brutal and satisfying.

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