Naughty Dog’s newest “The Last Of Us Part 2 Remastered” has done something few video games have ever done before, bring a unique and rewarding single player narrative to the gaming world.
Unfortunately for fans, Forbes recently warned of the game suffering from a narrative imbalance. The game portrays a strong protagonist and antagonist story, however, one contains much more depth and nuance than the other.
Forbes noted that the majority of the characters, including protagonist and antagonist, have little to no development. As a result, the narrative loses its emotional appeal, and readers are treated to a more surface-level experience.
The publication cites the game’s “too short cutscenes perpetuating Avengers-style summer blockbuster storytelling” as a main source of the game’s lack of depth. Forbes explains these scenes are “focused on ‘awe’ rather than ’story’, which can leave players feeling disconnected from the characters over the course of the action.”
In addition, Forbes expressed concern over the title’s depiction of violence; they quote Christopherktz, who has worked on the game, as saying: ”We went way too far in making violence entertaining and were not thoughtful enough with our narrative choices.”
Forbes concluded their article with a call for Naughty Dog to do better next time, offering advice such as giving greater attention to “thematic resonance” and “character development” to ensure their narratives are more balanced.
Overall, The Last Of Us Part II was a highly successful yet still somewhat lacking game. While the title set the standard for next-generation gaming with its unparalleled facial animations and combat mechanics, its narrative fell slightly short for some critics. However, given the overwhelmingly positive reception, we can hope that Naughty Dog will take Forbes’ advice into the heart and make their future titles even better.