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The Last of Us 2 stars blame “bots” for negative reviews

Published: 19/Jun/2020 17:33

by Michael Gwilliam


With The Last of Us Part 2 finally released to the public, fans and critics alike seem to be at odds regarding the game’s reception with polar opposite scores. Now, two major stars of the game, Laura Bailey and Shannon Woodward, are blaming the negativity on “bots.”

The Last of Us Part II has been receiving universal acclaim from the standard games media, with multiple perfect scores and overwhelming praise earning it a 95 metascore on Metacritic.

However, the same cannot be said for user reviews where the tone is completely different. The game sits at an abysmal 3.4 rating with over twice as many negative ratings than positive ones.

Taking to Twitter, Shannon Woodward, who voiced and did the motion capture for the character of Dina, wrote that there were “a lot of very upset bots afoot today,” accompanied by the eyes emoji.

“All the bots,” replied Laura Bailey, who voices the game’s antagonist Abby, in a since-deleted tweet.

Voice actors Shannon Woodward and Laura Bailey blame bots.
Stars of The Last of Us Part 2 are blaming “bots” for poor scores.

From there, Woodward further insinuated that “bots” were responsible for negative reviews of the game by claiming that “bot farms” were “fully activated.”

The talk of “bots” is likely a reference back to the criticism that faced Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, which faced a similar situation to The Last of Us Part 2.

With The Last Jedi, it was received well by critics, but panned by fans, eventually leading to some blaming the scathing reviews on Russian bots and trolls, however, there are conflicting opinions on whether that really was the case.

The Last of Us 2 actress complains on Twitter.
Dina’s voice actress in The Last of Us Part 2 thinks bots are to blame for bad reviews.

It will be interesting to see how the public’s opinion on the game changes as more players experience it for themselves and complete the campaign, which should take anywhere from twenty to forty hours.

Until then, The Last of Us Part II is looking like it will be one of the most divisive games in history.

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.

Naughty Dog
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*