The Last of Us

Neil Druckmann explains why The Last of Us 2 fan backlash is “laughable”

Published: 16/Jul/2020 9:24

by Brad Norton

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The Last of Us Part II has undeniably become one of the most controversial games of this console generation, but creative director Neil Druckmann and lead actor Troy Baker have outlined why the community backlash isn’t the most important thing.

The follow up to Naughty Dog’s 2013 hit that introduced us to Joel and Ellie may not have been what die-hard fans expected. Set years later, the storyline breaks from convention and mostly sets out on its own path, establishing plenty of new characters along the way.

While this unexpected structure led to exceptional sales and an immense critical reception, a vocal minority in the community were less than satisfied. Many players lashed out at not just the game itself, but those involved in making it too.

Now, a few weeks removed from the spotlight, Druckmann has responded to the backlash in a July 15 chat with Baker. In light of Laura Bailey’s “rough aftermath” to the project, the two discussed how they dealt with hateful comments.

Last of Us Part 2 Joel playing guitar
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The Last of Us Part II takes place years after the events of the first game.

Given the structure of the narrative in Part II, “it transcends just being a game and it becomes a platform for discourse,” Baker acknowledged. “I knew people would be upset,” Druckmann said. “There’s going to be people that loved the first game, that aren’t going to like this game, I know that.”

Despite how divisive the narrative was, however, they both addressed “how f***ed up” some of the backlash has been. “Some of the discourse is so tribal. You’re either here or you’re there. But the conversation is so much more nuanced.”

From death threats to hurtful imagery and plenty more, developers and actors across the board received a ton of hate for their work on Part II. “There’s so much that I was not prepared for,” Druckmann said.

“The reaction to the making of this game, to how this game has been received, it’s been a huge learning growth for me. At the end of the day, to all our critics, we listen to that stuff and we digest it, but you’re way less important,”

While certain complaints are taken onboard, much of the hatred is filtered out by devs, Druckmann added. “Some of you are not important at all when you shout or threaten…it’s laughable. We send it to each other as jokes some of the time.”

Last of Us Part 2 Ellie on her horse
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Ellie’s emotional journey throughout the sequel has proven to be quite divisive.

Not all of the feedback can be taken lightly though. Druckmann acknowledged how some extreme backlash crossed a line. Plenty of threats have even been “sent to authorities and that’s not something to be joked about.”

Ultimately, he said, the most important thing to Druckmann is the response from those that actually spent time building the game.

“Reviews are cool, but nothing comes close to hearing [Baker], or Laura, or any member of the team that has sent me an email to say that this is the best game I’ve ever worked on,” he said.

Druckmann & Baker address backlash at 1:16:25 in the video below:

“F*** the haters,” he said. Developers have come to him and expressed how they’ve never been prouder working on anything else in their lives. For Druckmann, that’s the feedback that matters most.

Whether you loved or despised the sequel, hundreds of talented developers dedicated years of their lives to crafting the experience. The least anyone can do is respect the effort that went into the game, especially considering the impact it’s already had for gaming in 2020, for better or worse.

FIFA

How to complete Okocha ICON SBC in FIFA 21: solutions, cost, more

Published: 16/Jan/2021 7:09

by Andrew Amos

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The forever-skillful Jay-Jay Okocha has finally gotten his Prime ICON card in FIFA 21, and you can pick him up for your Ultimate Team ⁠— if you’re willing to part way with your coins. Here’s what you need to do.

Jay-Jay Okocha really pumped flavor into football. His stylish moves made the likes of Ronaldinho household names, and the Nigerian experienced plenty of success for himself with PSG, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Bolton.

Now, he can bring success to your FIFA 21 Ultimate Team. The 90-rated Prime ICON is available through the game’s latest set of ICON SBCs, although you’ll have to be willing to part ways with a fair bit of cash for him.

Jay-Jay Okocha ICON SBC in-game stats

Jay-Jay Okocha FIFA 21 ICON stats

Okocha’s Prime ICON card puts the legendary Nigerian into the 90s and primed for a Pace style to bump him up further theoretically.

With 87 Pace ⁠— one down from his base 85 ICON ⁠— he might not be as fast, but he makes up for it across the board with better Passing (+5), Shooting (+3), and Dribbling (+2). Throw on Hunter, and you can get up to 96 Pace and 90 Shooting. It’s a lethal card to have in CAM, especially when you take 5* Skills and 4* Weak Foot into account.

Jay-Jay Okocha ICON SBC price & requirements

Jay-Jay Okocha is the cheapest of the three new ICON SBCs, coming in at around 500,000 to 750,000 coins. If you’ve got spare cards lying around ⁠— especially high-rated untradeables ⁠— it might be worth the investment.

You’ll need to complete six SBCs for the job though. Here’s what you need to do.

Born Legend

  • Rare Players: Exactly 11
  • Player Level: Exactly Bronze
  • Team Chemistry: Min 50
  • # of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: Small Silver Players Pack

Rising Star

  • Rare Players: Exactly 11
  • Player Level: Exactly Silver
  • Team Chemistry: Min 50
  • # of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: Jumbo Silver Pack

Top-notch

  • In-Form or FUT Champions Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 80
  • Team Chemistry: Min 80
  • # of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: Gold Players Pack

The Artist

  • # of players from Bundesliga: Min 1
  • In-Form or FUT Champions Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 83
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75
  • # of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: Premium Mixed Players Pack

Paris Finesse

  • # of players from Paris Saint-Germain: Min 1
  • In-Form or FUT Champions Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70
  • # of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: Premium Gold Players Pack

League Finesse

  • # of players from Premier League: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 87
  • Team Chemistry: Min 50
  • # of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: Rare Electrum Players Pack

Jay-Jay Okocha SBC solutions

If all those instructions are a bit of a jumble to you, here are some solutions for you so you can better understand what you need to invest.

Born Legend

Jay-Jay Okocha Born Legend SBC solution in FIFA 21

Rising Star

Jay-Jay Okocha Rising Star SBC solution in FIFA 21

Top-notch

Jay-Jay Okocha Top-notch SBC solution in FIFA 21

The Artist

Jay-Jay Okocha The Artist SBC solution in FIFA 21

Paris Finesse

Jay-Jay Okocha Paris Finesse SBC solution in FIFA 21

League Finesse

Jay-Jay Okocha League Finesse SBC solution in FIFA 21

It’s quite a lot to digest, but you’ll have some time to fill these all out. As long as you complete all six challenges by February 9, you’ll be gifted the Nigerian talent.

If you do end up completing the SBC, tweet at us @UltimateTeamUK with those slick stepovers and maybe a banger or two.