The Last of Us

PewDiePie explains why The Last of Us Part 2 is a “mess”

Published: 27/Jun/2020 23:36 Updated: 29/Jun/2020 19:03

by Brent Koepp


During his June 27 stream, YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg gave his thoughts on The Last of Us Part 2 after beating it in front of 150k viewers. The Swedish star explained why the Naughty Dog title was a complete “mess.”

Like many players, PewDiePie excitedly dove into The Last of Us 2 after years of anticipation. During his June 19 upload, the Swede even admitted that the Naughty Dog sequel was “the most anticipated game in a very long time” for him.

However, after completing the PlayStation 4 release in front of thousands of viewers, the star revealed that he “really, really didn’t like it.” Despite having mixed feelings about it, he also praised the developer for “taking a chance.”

This article contains spoilers for the game.

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The YouTuber felt torn on the game’s story.

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Over 150k people tuned in to watch the Swede beat The Last of Us 2 during his June 27 broadcast. But as the game came to a close, the star found himself torn on the story. “That felt like, I don’t know, man,” he laughed. “It was not the game we expected, it was not the game many people wanted.”

The entertainer was at a loss for words as the credits began to roll, before stating that he disagreed with those that thought the ending was terrible – rather, everything was off. “I think everything was a mess. So I didn’t have much expectations after that. The game had a lot of potential.”

Pewds then revealed his biggest issue with the game – the story’s structure. “If they just changed the order of things, I think it would be a lot better. And maybe tighten up some parts. It just felt a bit dragged as well. I guess I would rather play this game than a really mediocre game. Even though I really really didn’t like it,” he said.

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The Last of Us 2 follows the story of Ellie.

PewDiePie clarified he was not angry, and that he accepts it was the artist’s vision. “I’m not mad about it. It’s not my game. I can’t control what’s going to happen. It’s not up to me. This is what they wanted to do, they went with it.” He then broke into laughter and said, “Such a meme, some parts! So much to think about.”

Despite not liking the way the game was written, the Swedish star gave Naughty Dog props for taking a risk. “They tried something different, I can respect that. I just don’t really think it worked, to be honest. I feel like they needed more people’s input on it. Maybe this is what they really felt strongly about, I mean, fair enough.”

Finally, the YouTuber laid out what he thinks could have been improved in the title. “Small adjustments could have made a huge difference. Like playing Abby at the beginning, the way it played out. Even the character development. This is a really dark weird ending where Ellie loses everything. It’s just like, okay.”

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PewDiePie wasn’t entirely critical of the Sony release, as he also praised the developers for the game’s jaw dropping graphics, and “representation” in the cast.  While it didn’t live up to his expectations, the content creator still had fun streaming it.

In March, the personality revealed he had signed a major deal with YouTube to stream exclusively on their platform. So far it seems to have paid off, as his Last of Us 2 broadcasts peaked at over 150,000 viewers.

The Last of Us

What we know about The Last of Us HBO TV show – cast, release date, more

Published: 25/Sep/2020 21:48 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 21:49

by Brent Koepp


Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us is officially getting a TV adaptation, thanks to television genius HBO. Here is everything we know about it, including cast, release date, and more.

First released in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and later released on PS4, The Last Of Us is often regarded as the best zombie game of all time, as well as the best PS exclusive. It follows the story of Joel after an outbreak of the Cordyceps fungus takes over the United States. He is tasked with transporting Ellie, a young girl who is immune to the disease, across the country in hopes of developing a cure.

Following the success of the first title, Naughty Dog announced a sequel to the zombie survival action game which was released on June 19. Furthermore, television network HBO is also creating a TV show based on the series, and ND Vice President Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin are on board to write and executive produce it.

Cast, characters & director

In March 2020, Home Box Office announced that they were taking on the project, and its first director has since been revealed. Breaking Bad and Chernobyl director Johan Renck is set to helm the pilot episode, as told in an interview with Discussing Film.

“It’s an ongoing TV series. So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot,” he said.

Not all of the cast and characters are known so far, though Joel and Ellie will obviously play a huge part. Who will be taking on their roles is currently unknown.

In a tweet on March 8, Naughty Dog Vice President Neil Druckmann confirmed that Riley from Left Behind will be in the show, as well as Tess, Maria, and Marlene.

“And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ****, and a few others!” he tweeted, blocking out another character with four square emojis. Now that Part II has been released, we know that he was referring to Abby.

On September 22, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hinted that he may be portraying Joel in the upcoming series. While he didn’t outright say he was playing him, he also didn’t deny it when asked and even mentioned that he had just gotten his hands on Part II. Only time will tell if it comes true.

Release date

There’s no current release date set for the show, but considering the fact they’ve yet to announce casting, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume a release date of late 2021, or even 2022.

Craig Mazin revealed during his weekly podcast Scriptnotes that production wouldn’t start until Part II of the game had released. “We can’t start on it right away because [Naughty Dog is] still finishing up the second game, but pretty soon,” he said.

The Last of Us Part II was released on June 19, but given the current state of events, it’s unclear as to whether production for the show will start any time soon.

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The popular PlayStation 4 tile will bring its brutal story to HBO.

The plot

In March, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the series will cover the events from the first game, with the “possibility” of it delving into Part II in the future.

Whether it will continue past the events of both games is currently unknown, but speaking to GameSpot, Troy Baker, Joel’s voice actor, claimed that the show could have “three to four” seasons to match the pace of the game.

We can only hope that HBO doesn’t rush through it… *cough* like the final season of Game of Thrones *cough*