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5 Reasons to Pre-Order The Last of Us Part 2 & 3 Reasons to Wait

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We finally have an official The Last of Us Part 2 release date for PS4. And while some of you might want to buy a copy today, others are better off waiting.

Believe it or not it has been six plus years since Naughty Dog released the critically acclaimed The Last of Us.

Fans of the series have been waiting a long time to continue Ellie and Joel’s story and they’ll finally get the chance thanks to a sequel that’s coming to the PS4 next year.

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The Last of Us Part 2 is a direct sequel to the first game and it’s set five years after the original. Ellie is now 19 years old while Joel, the main protagonist from the first game, is now in his 50’s.

The developer first confirmed the existence of The Last of Us Part 2 (stylized as The Last of Us Part II) in December, 2016. The company was relatively quiet in the first half of 2017, but it teased the game, and its gameplay, during E3 2018.

After a long wait, Naughty Dog has finally confirmed the game’s release date and it’s now set to arrive on May 29th, 2020, a few weeks after its original February 21st launch date.

There are five versions of the game (Standard, Special, Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, and Ellie) and retailers like Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy are currently taking pre-orders ahead of the highly anticipated release.

Now that we know a little more about the direction of the game some of you, particularly those of you who loved the first game, might be tempted to put in a pre-order.

There are a few reasons why you might want to buy the game now, but there are also some great reasons to sit back and wait a few more weeks or even a few more months before putting in an order. We’ll take you through those here.

Pre-Order If You Loved the Last of Us

Pre-Order If You Loved the Last of Us

It almost goes without saying, but for those of you unfamiliar with the original game, here are a few things to know before you pre-order. 

Like its predecessor, The Last of Us Part 2 is a third-person adventure game that's set in a post-apocalyptic world after the outbreak of the Cordyceps Brain Infection.

The Last of Us Part 2 is not an open-world RPG like Fallout 4. Naughty Dog says the game's environments are "broader, more complex, and more detailed" which means they will likely offer some open-world like elements like Uncharted 4's world, but don't pre-order this game if you're looking for a huge sandbox experience.

You'll also want to avoid this game if you hate stealth elements in games. There were a lot of stealth elements in the first game and the gameplay we saw at E3 2018 hints at more of the same.  

It won't be exactly the same as the original game. Naughty Dog's already confirmed a number of upgrades including a jump button, but we highly recommend trying the first Last of Us before you commit to buying this game to see if it's up your alley. 

You can find a copy of The Last of Us for PS3 or The Last of Us Remastered for PS4 for less than $20 on sites like Amazon. 

If you loved the setting, combat, and characters from the first game, and you've been waiting to continue Ellie and Joel's story, pre-ordering is probably a no-brainer. 

This is going to be a bigger and perhaps better game with improved graphics, better AI, the ability to go prone, and expanded crafting. 

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Chris Burdick

    10/30/2018 at 4:07 pm

    I love The Last of Us and can’t wait for Part 2.

  2. Buzz007

    09/25/2019 at 5:22 pm

    Who wants to wait ? We’ve waited long enough.

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