The character and game faced a lot of setbacks for precisely this reason
Naughty dog The last of us part 2 was eagerly awaited by every PS4 player after the immense success of the first part. While the game didn’t disappoint for the gameplay and graphics, the story infuriated players and they didn’t hold back in pissing off the developers. Even the voice actors got hatred that was completely inexcusable.
We are at a stage in video games where history is a huge part of the game’s success. Naughty Dog had a reputation for its story-driven games after the success of the Uncharted Series and the first The last of us Game.
The game starts very well. We see Joel and Ellie and their camp doing what they can to survive, establishing some sort of normalcy in the adverse conditions outside. But things change when Joel is brutally murdered by Abbie and her crew before the game has even reached a quarter of its history. Then Abbie becomes the protagonist and we switch back and forth between her and Ellie.
As a player, our first mistake was believing that Joel and Ellie were the protagonists. Joel did some pretty brutal things to save Ellie’s life. He prioritized life before developing a cure to stop the outbreak. He unwittingly killed Abby’s father among the other fireflies. While Abby is guilty of crimes as heinous as Ellie, she was just one of many who tried to survive in an indecent world. People often forget that Ellie’s quest for revenge for the scars is just as intense, if not more intense, than Abby’s.
Hence the conclusion is that there is no loved character in the game and no one is morally healthy.
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