The Last of Us Part II’s Trailer Is as Violent as It Should Be and Whiners Need to Go Back to the Kiddie Games

The Last of Us Part II PGW Trailer Causing Quite The Stir

The PlayStation press conference at this week’s Paris Games Show raised quite a stir upon its conclusion, giving us a first glimpse of the highly anticipated The Last of Us Part II. Diehard TLoU fans were delighted if not a little bit queasy by what was shown, finally getting a peek behind the curtain. Others took to Twitter and op/eds like this one to voice their displeasure, citing that the level of brutality was unnecessary or violent for the sake of violence. As is always the case social media blew up, each side making sure to let dissenters know how they felt in well thought out and not at all reactionary quips of varying character length.

I’ve watched the trailer multiple times, and I’m watching it again as I write this. When it first began and this unknown woman was being dragged to the fire I wondered if this was actually Days Gone, the other post-apocalyptic world being crafted by Sony Bend, but that ended up not being the case. Before I know it this woman is thrown to the ground, a noose tied around her neck, and only a bucket keeping her from death by hanging. Some banter, thugs find another girl in the wilderness, and then things get crazy with one quote:

“Clip her wings.”

Look, I get why people are nauseated. The wing-clipping is hard to watch, each thud hitting in the gut as if the hammer was turned on me. When the tool is passed and the second guy rears back to strike I am angry for this girl and I don’t even know who she is yet. Suddenly the tide turns and that anger turns to fist-pumping adulation. “Good you rat bastards, get what’s coming to you,” I said the first time I watched. A few choice swings of the hammer after the tables turn and the religious zealots have fallen, leaving the trio of unknowns to fend for themselves.

Is it brutal? Yes. Is it hard to watch? Definitely. Is it anything different than what we should have expected? Absolutely not.

The world of The Last of Us is a supremely f@$#ed up place, filled equally with ravenous humanoid monsters and merciless human bandits that might be worse. The first game had similar moments to this that left me with a pit in my stomach, but that’s what made the game so damn good. A game is allowed to make me uncomfortable as I play, hell I invite that feeling in mature-oriented games like this. Detroit: Become Human‘s trailer from the same presentation went the “this will make you uncomfortable” route, and while David Cage’s choice of scene is a whole other can of worms, it left me wanting more just as this one did.


“Look, I get why people are nauseated. The wing-clipping is hard to watch”

Now some have countered the argument about the game’s universe being messed up by pointing out that we always knew the context of the violence. We knew why Joel did what he did, why Ellie was such a badass, and why the world required us to be so brutal at times. This is absolutely true, and it’s also true that we don’t have all of the details surrounding the scene in The Last of Us 2. However, and maybe this is just me, but my thought isn’t “this violence out of context is brutal and unnecessary.”

Instead, my mind wonders “this violence out of context is brutal, what the holy hell led to this?” Who are these religious sounding zealots throwing words like “apostate” around”? What’s with the disemboweling ritual that clearly hasn’t just started with this scene (as evidenced when the prisoner looks up and sees the last poor sap to go through it)? What happened that the zealots are hunting down people, clipping wings, and slicing stomachs? I’m not bothered that I don’t have context to this scene, I’m intrigued to find out said context as soon as possible.

The Last of Us Part 2 Brutal New Trailer

Far be it from me to tell people how to think, I’m just one guy at a table writing up what I took from a trailer for a new game. If the video rubbed you the wrong way so be it, your opinion is just as valid as mine. However, I don’t think the fact that violence exists in this video about a violent world should take away from the more intriguing parts of what the trailer is portraying. I’m sure there are a lot more questions to be asked before The Last Of Us Part II releases (whenever that is), but for now, one thing is absolutely clear: the in-game world is just as f@$#ed as it was when I last left.

  • bin tha great

    LoL 😂… It’s not hard to watch is a video game. It’s not real and won’t ever be real

    • sergio

      I agree it’s just a game if your mind can’t realize it’s not real and it makes you cringe or is disturbing you should be playing something more along the lines of DuckTales or Mickey mouse remasters. Movies with gore makes me cringe and sometimes I may look away because it is sometimes a very realistic look.

  • Tyler Ourada

    best title ever

  • sampson3121

    this writer is being too nice when taking about the ManChildren that took the time to glance away from their children’s game “Mario” to complain about a game that “adults” want to play.

    they should be happy that most likely their child’s game “Mario Odyssey” will be game of the year. which, for me, is the equivalent of Toy Story winning an Oscar for best picture over a more difficult and more serious movie like The Godfather.

    I’m so tired of people complaining about the violence and then going and binge watching Game Of Thrones

    • The Watcher

      Very well said 😊

      As an old saying said
      “The Tree That Bears Fruit Will Be Stoned.”

      It is alright if people throw stones at you. Bearing fruit is more significant than being stoned.

      These kind of journos are the reason why video games are held back from being a growing diverse varied form of entertainment.

      But with or without them video games will eventualy cover every aspect of life and not just being a plaything for young children.

  • PachterStation

    I watch violent movies and TV shows, I also play violent games. But sometimes, something can be too graphic, but that’s just part of the genre. The Last of Us 2 will be an awesome game, but like 99.9% of games out there, people get sucked into the graphics, which has become a sad part of gaming. If you don’t like violent games, try Nintendo’s kiddie consoles.

    • The Watcher

      When I first played Trouble Shooter on the Sega Genesis I felt that video games was destined to be one of the greatest storytelling medium ever made. Its not a one dimentional form of entertainment like films or TV.
      I just hope it won’t get corrupted, politicized and abused just like Hollywood because its the antithesis of showbusiness.

  • suli559

    That title is sooooo meeee!!!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • The Watcher

    These corporate game journalists are the reason video games has a bad press in the eyes of the public. FYI This is not Hollywood!
    This type of sensationalism has no part in video games.
    Every game developer out there has been taking risks left and right to bring gaming up to speed with older forms of entertainment and get rid of the stigma that the video games medium is just a child’s play thing like Nintendo games.
    The PlayStation has been growing the video games medium since PSOne…curing gamers from this Peter Pan Syndrome.
    Grow up!

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