I am not looking to start a debate on this, I’m not trying to rile anyone up. I’m not sitting behind a table with a “change my mind” sign on it.
I avoided all leaks and spoilers for TLOU2. I obviously did not let on that I had managed to do so, because that would almost certainly be inviting some jackass to intentionally try and spoil it for me. I would encourage any comments on this page to be spoiler free as well, for those still playing the game. Nonetheless, I finished the replay of the first game and dove right into the sequel, the entire extent of my foreknowledge being only the reveal trailer from a couple years back.
And while I may have avoided plot details and spoilers, it was downright impossible to avoid the vitriole surrounding the game in the wake of the leaks. I’m not about to retroactively parse the complaints, but having finally experienced the game’s story, I can make a few educated guesses about why there are so many collectively salty underoos in a bunch.
I have only this to say: I enjoyed the hell out of The Last of Us Part Two. It’s everything I loved about the first one, amplified. Emotionally challenging, heart-wrenching, heart-warming, a gorgeous and intricately detailed world with characters I understand and care for.
It’s not my job to convince anyone not to quit on a game before it’s even come out. But for those of you out there who may be on the fence about TLOU2, whether you’ve had certain elements spoiled for you or not, I highly recommend you not let the angry comments or the childish review bombing put you off experiencing a well-crafted game that was clearly a labor of love.