The Last of Us Part I may be almost 10 years old, but the launch trailer is full of spoilers.
First released on the PS3 in 2013, you might think we’re safely out of spoiler territory for The Last of Us now. But you would be wrong. With a PS4 remaster and now a PS5 remake on the way, it’s safe to say that Naughty Dog is courting a new audience with each iteration.
The game is fantastic, but it’s difficult in terms of plot, visceral violence, and harrowing events. It’s not something you’re going to relax for one night, that’s what I’m saying. If you’re making a revamped version for each console generation, it will be for players who lost the first time. Because they were literal children.
A decade and two consoles later, there’s a whole new generation of gamers ready to embark on Joel and Ellie’s adventure for the first time. That’s why it’s crazy to see so many end-game spoilers in the launch trailer for The Last of Us remake.
Explosion of the Last (of Us)
The trailer starts with segments from the last part of the game. Ellie is hiding in the snow, killing grown men, while Joel is interrogating an unhappy soul to find out where she is. In terms of showing off the new look, the selected scenes aren’t the best for this either. They’re dark and gloomy, which is perfectly appropriate in the context of the game, but hardly in the realm of eye candy.
The rest of the trailer is a montage made up of gameplay and snippets of scenes that are brief and vague enough to avoid revealing too much. O original story trailer (opens in new tab) did a great job of putting together the plot without showing his hand. Likewise, the E3 2013 trailer (opens in new tab) it was as brilliant as it was brutal.
Of course, if you haven’t played it before, you’ll have no idea what parts of the game you’re seeing in the trailer. This may be a divisive opinion, but I think it’s largely irrelevant. I hate it when trailers – whether they’re for games or movies – show bits and pieces of spoilers. There is no necessity.
The worst criminals are the ones that cover every plot point, so you feel like you’ve watched the entire movie. Or the one crammed into all the best jokes in an otherwise mediocre medium. Then there are other brazens like this that will only be registered as a spoiler when you’re consuming the content later. And it’s still boring.
It’s been a hot minute since I played The Last of Us Part I, so it will be interesting to dive back into the PS5. In my rosy memory, the game looked fantastic at launch. In reality, there have been many updates. Druckman says the facial animation has been improved, while in the gameplay part, the AI has been overhauled and the controls improved.
I only played it once, which was more than enough given the scary parts that scared me, and the emotional roller coaster of the story from start to finish. It’s probably been long enough that I’m finally ready for a second playthrough. So keep an eye on our review!