One aspect of The Last of Us that made it feel so original was how Naughty Dog took a fatigued post-apocalyptic archetype and added their own unique twist.
For the past couple of decades, we’ve been bombarded by zombies in video games, films, and – more recently – television. Instead of featuring traditional undead flesh eaters or a more modern brand of infected (like those seen in 28 Days Later), the twisted enemies you face in this universe have been warped by fungal disease.
Up until last month’s State of Play trailer, we had only seen Ellie fighting again other human survivors. However, now we’re starting to get a closer look at game’s new mushroom-like menaces.
There was one particular new enemy type that caught our attention: the Shambler – a hulking breed of infected that will charge at the player, emitting a noxious cloud of gas around them.
In a recent interview game director, Neil Druckmann, discusses how the infected play a part in the upcoming sequel:
In the first game, there is all this documentation about the different stages [of the infection]. Now we have to justify why there are different stages. Why are there mutations of these things? Without getting into it here, there is something about the environment and how much time has passed that has allowed these mutations to occur.
We have Runners that close the distance quickly. We have Clickers that move slowly but are one-hit kills. Shamblers provide this area of attack, where they have this cloud of gaseous acid that burns materials around it. It burns your skin. The way you saw it in this demo is that they’re mostly on their own. It gets really interesting because you have a cloud that hurts you when you enter it, but it also blocks your view, then Runners burst through it. So the combinations get really interesting.
The Last of Us Part II will launch exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on February 21st, 2020. Those with an active PlayStation Plus membership can download The Last of Us Remastered right now and add it to their library of free games alongside baseball banger, MLB The Show 19.
If, for some reason, you’re still on the fence about Naughty Dog’s gritty post-apocalyptic odyssey, now’s your time to get in on the action. The Last of Us Remastered includes the “Left Beside” standalone DLC while also beefing up its multiplayer with a bonus spread of maps. Sadly, when it launches in several months, Part II won’t feature the same online Factions mode. Sad face.
Source: PlayStation Blog