What you need to know about the last of us part II

Following the success of the first installation in the acclaimed The Last of Us series, released in 2013, fans begged for a continuation to the gripping story which captured our hearts so many years ago. Well, The Last of Us Part II is here and does not disappoint!

The Reviews Are In...

If you're still undecided about The Last of Us Part 2, you should see the reviews!

Gamesradar - ★★★★★ "An astonishing, absurdly ambitious epic"

The Guardian - ★★★★★ "The kind of challenging, groundbreaking work that comes along two or three times a decade."

God is a Geek - 10/10 - "You will feel anger, sadness, elation, fear, and everything a truly magnificent piece of art should elicit from you."

IGN - 10/10 - "The PlayStation 4 has one of its best exclusives in one of the generation's best games."

Free Dynamic PS4 Theme

Day Theme
Night Theme

PlayStation has released a free dynamic PS4 theme to get us excited. It's totally free to download, and the artwork is simply stunning. The theme has The Last of Us’ protagonist, Ellie, in two very different situations. The first shows a peaceful Ellie, as she's leant against a tree playing Joel’s iconic guitar. At night, the dynamic theme changes to a chaotic and dangerous situation that depicts Ellie fending for herself. 

The dynamic theme does a great job of showing the player the duality of the game. From the peace and serenity to the fight for life. Want to get the theme on your PlayStation? It's free and very easy to download! All you have to do is enter your location's code below into the 'redeem code' section on the PlayStation Store and wait for it to download.

Europe/AU/NZ/Russia/Middle East/Africa/India: 9DEK-PKNG-N445

Americas: 4FMP-BBNM-J5L3

The codes expire on the 11th February 2021, so you have a whole year to use them!

Where We Left Off...

If you need us to jog your memory, we’ll give you a (very) brief rundown of the first game in the series, The Last of Us. Don’t worry, we’ll keep this spoiler-free too.

The Last of Us is a 2013 survival horror game, full of action and gripping gameplay. Let us set the scene; you’re in the USA, in a post-apocalyptic world. As in any post-apocalyptic world, there is a bounty of dangers and enemies around every corner; you must watch out for hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures, infected by the Cordyceps fungus. Part of what made this game so hard to turn off was the fact the plot is so unique.

You predominantly play as Joel, a smuggler with the task of escorting a young girl, Ellie, across the dangerous land of the United States. Why is Ellie so important, we hear you ask? Well, she is immune to the devastating infection! Her immunity could lead to a cure to the Cordyceps fungus.

The game is packed full of heart-wrenching events, and heart-stopping sequences, making you truly fall in love with the characters you’re playing. We won’t spoil too much from The Last of Us because you need to experience it for yourself- but that’s all you need to know before we move on to The Last of Us Part II.

Why Are We So Excited?

Well, the first game received such critical acclaim, highly praised for its narrative, visuals, sound, characterisation and depiction of female characters, that we want more! The story of The Last of Us is far from over, and from playing the game ourselves, the second installation is a must-play!

Naughty Dog’s Attention to Detail

The developers of The Last of Us series, Naughty Dog, are renowned for their attention to detail and The Last of Us 2 is no exception. From the world to the characters, the developers dedicated so much time to researching themes that they wanted to convey to create an incredibly authentic experience. From the moment you pick up the controller, you are thrusted into a realistic game that you’d be hard pressed to step away from.

The emotional and surprising storyline feels more real than ever. Small details such as seeing a vein in a character’s forehead or how red their eyes are depending on mood or their health can be seen throughout the game. Naughty Dog even developed a new system for the way tears fall out of a characters’ eyes and down their face! So simple but so effective.

What To Expect from the Story

The Last Of Us Part II is set 5 years after the events of the first game- which is incredibly exciting in itself… what could’ve happened in that time period?! Living in Jackson, 19-year old Ellie finally has her chance to finally feel like a teenager and build lasting relationships. Unfortunately, the peace is shattered as she is thrust into trouble after crossing a mysterious cult.

After the devastating event that broke the peace of the thriving community, she embarks on vengeance to hunt down who is responsible. Along her way, she is confronted with the physical and emotional repercussions of her actions.

The plot for Part 2 is a complex and emotional story within a dark and dangerous world. Characters are more realistic than ever before putting players at the heart of the treacherous but stunning world.

Naughty Dog has evolved the gameplay systems throwing life-and-death situations throughout Ellie’s journey. Her struggle for survival is more evident than ever with improved high-intensity melee combat, dynamic stealth and fluid movement. Personalize Ellie’s capabilities to suit your play style and follow her through this dangerous journey.

With all-new features to explore and new enemies to avoid, The Last of Us Part II is a game like no other.

Limited Editions, Console and Accessories

As a retailer, we’re super thankful and lucky to offer special editions and even a GAME Exclusive for The Last of Us Part II! Unfortunately, the Last of Us Collector's Edition sold out very quickly, but we have some fantastic other editions below.

The wonderful GAME Exclusive The Last of Us Standard Plus edition you receive:

- Alternative Cover Artwork for the game

- The Last of Us Part II branded tote bag, keyring and badge set!

If you’re new to the series or don’t want to splash on a special edition, you can also purchase the standard edition of The Last of Us Part II here.

Limited Edition PS4 Pro 1TB

As well as this GAME Exclusive edition, we also have a Limited Edition PS4 Pro 1TB The Last of Us Part 2 Bundle including the game, matching Limited Edition DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller and a Limited Edition PS4 Pro 1TB. With stunning 4K and HDR quality, you can enjoy the best graphics and experience on a PS4 Pro. You can check it out here.

Limited Edition Accessories

Also available are Limited Edition DUALSHOCK 4 and Limited-Edition Gold Wireless Headset, all with The Last of Us Part 2 designs. You can check out the stand-alone accessories and bundled accessories here.

That's the last from us

If you haven't played the game already, it's definitely worth giving it a go! If you have played it already, what did you think? Share with us on our Twitter @GAMEDigital.