Chapter Select: Season 0, Episode 2 – The Last of Us Part II

In this inaugural test season of Chapter Select, Max and Logan dig into Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic series The Last of Us. Hot off the heels of its release in 2020, we sink our teeth into Naughty Dog’s divisive sequel. Did PlayStation’s top team capture earn the “Part II” in the title? How does The Last of Us Part II affect the legacy of the first game?

Game Info

The Last of Us Part II

Developer – Naughty Dog
Platform – PS4
Release Date – June 19, 2020
Director – Neil Druckmann
Narrative Lead – Halley Gross
Game Directors – Kurt Margenau and Anthony Newman
Composers –Gustavo Santaolalla and Mac Quayle

Metacritic – 93/100

Links

Episode Cover Art by Sebastian Gromann

This episode was originally recorded on June 23, 2020.

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Chapter Select: Season 0, Episode 1 – The Last of Us

In this inaugural test season of Chapter Select, Max and Logan dig into Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic series The Last of Us. Weeks before the release of the sequel, Logan and Max replayed the PS3’s swan song to explore how it aged and explore its impact on the video game industry in the past seven years.

Game Info

The Last of Us

Metacritic – 95/100

Links

Episode Cover Art by Nick Gindraux

This episode was originally recorded on June 11, 2020.

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Logan’s Twitter

Chapter Select: Season 0, Episode 2 – The Last of Us Part II (CtS Edition)

In this inaugural test season of Chapter Select, Max and Logan dig into Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic series The Last of Us. Hot off the heels of its release in 2020, we sink our teeth into Naughty Dog’s divisive sequel. Did PlayStation’s top team capture earn the “Part II” in the title? How does The Last of Us Part II affect the legacy of the first game?

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Chapter Select: Season 0, Episode 1 – The Last of Us (CtS Edition)

In this inaugural test season of Chapter Select, Max and Logan dig into Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic series The Last of Us. Weeks before the release of the sequel, Logan and Max replayed the PS3’s swan song to explore how it aged and explore its impact on the video game industry in the past seven years.

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Part IV: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Welcome to Part IV of Chasing the Stick: The History of Naughty Dog during the PS4 Era.

I decided to break-up the six parts of my history into individual episodes as well, for more choice for you, the listener. This episode dives into the rapid, slammed development of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. From pre-production to release in just 15 months, The Lost Legacy is a marvel to explore. I hope you enjoy.

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Guest Appearance on Controlled Interests – The Last Of Us 2 Spoilercast

The Last Of Us 2 Spoilercast – CI Gamecast Special – YouTube

The Last Of Us Part 2 Spoilercast – Controlled Interests Gamecast Special – Podcast

It did not take long for me to return to Controlled Interest. Jerrad invited me back to dig into The Last of Us Part II with himself, Dom, and Chris Nunes. It was actually the first spoilercast for the game I even engaged with as I’ve stayed away until I could finish my own review (which is finally in the editing process). The four of us had an engaging discussion and I personally had a great time. I hope you enjoy.

Part III: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Welcome to Part III of Chasing the Stick: The History of Naughty Dog during the PS4 Era.

I decided to break-up the six parts of my history into individual episodes as well, for more choice for you, the listener. This episode is all about the non-stop development of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. I also dig into how the team designed Nathan Drake’s final game. I hope you enjoy.

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The Last of Us Part II Photo Mode Pointers – Petri Levälahti

The Last of Us 2 photo mode tips & tricks thread:

Let’s start with a simple portrait. This particular room/spot has a nice, soft, bloomy light. Finding good lights & shadows make about 95% of your shot. This thread can hopefully help you with the remaining 5%.

Petri Levälahti via Twitter

Levälahti takes dope video game screenshots. I initially mistook their work for that of Dead End Thrills. Artists like this make me forget that these shots are from video games, which showcases just how fantastic and talented the studio artists, animators, modelers, and everyone involved is at their jobs.

Ellie brought up a good point in the previous tweet: idle animations. These are animations your character does over time when you don’t control her. This game has tons of good ones. Observe your allies as well!

09/20

Idle animations are to thank for the screenshot at the top of this post.

Noir filter at 100% is almost a cheat code for decent shots. I mostly use it at 40-60% for a more desaturated look. I sometimes use other filters, but very rarely.

10/20

I have been fiddling with photo mode during my second play-through. I’ve linked some screenshots I’ve taken below, which contain some spoilers.

Noir mode is a cheat code.

Part II: The Last of Us

Welcome to Part II of Chasing the Stick: The History of Naughty Dog during the PS4 Era.

I decided to break-up the six parts of my history into individual episodes as I decided to break-up the six parts of my history into individual episodes as well, for more choice for you, the listener. This episode discusses how Naughty Dog managed developing for two console generations, as well as how much of an impact The Last of Us had for the studio. I hope you enjoy.

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The Last of Us Part II sells more than 4 million copies – PlayStation.Blog

The Last of Us Part II sells more than 4 million copies – PlayStation.Blog

We’re delighted to report that The Last of Us Part II is now the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive ever with more than 4 million copies sold through as of June 21.

I had to take a break from writing my review to share this news. The previous record holder was Final Fantasy VII Remake with 3.5 million copies and the previous first-party exclusive to hold the record was Marvel’s Spider-Man with 3.3 million copies. And that 4 million was five days ago.

It became the top-selling first-party PS4 exclusive in Japan its opening week. It outperformed GTA V’s launch on PlayStation in Russia.

For even more context, The Last of Us sold 7 million copies at the end of the PS3’s lifecycle in one year. Combined with The Last of Us Remastered, the original game has sold 20 million copies in six years. The Last of Us Part II did nearly 1/4 of those numbers in three days at the end of the PS4’s lifecycle.

May its survival be long indeed.