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

We don’t have an official Last of Us 2 release date for PS4, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from selling the game. Last of Us 2 pre-orders are live and while some of you might want to put in an early order today, others are better off waiting.

Believe it or not it’s been five years since Naughty Dog released the critically acclaimed The Last of Us. Fans of the series have been waiting to continue Ellie and Joel’s story and they’ll finally get the chance thanks to a sequel that’ll once again be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

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

Last of Us 2 is a direct sequel to the first game though 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.

A lot of people have been waiting a long time for this game, but we’ll have to wait awhile longer before the final product is released to the public.

The game is official, but we don’t have a street date. Naughty Dog didn’t attach a release date to the demo at E3 2018 so there’s no telling how long we’ll have to wait for this game to hit shelves.

That said, the game’s release is getting closer and that’s prompted retailers like Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy to start taking pre-orders.

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.

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 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 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. 

There will also be a multiplayer component in The Last of Us 2, but you shouldn't buy a copy for that alone. The single-player story will be the focus. 

It won't be exactly the same as the original, 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 cheap 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. 

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