It seems that these days, the only time Gamestop does not get ride in the foot, it’s when reloading. During this Covid-19 crisis in progress, they took mediocre measures to protect their employees and their clients, they struggled to stay open by insisting that they are an essential service, and now they choose a small fight with Naughty Dog when leaving one of the biggest games of the year. From all things that The Last of Us Part 2 will offer, they focus on the wrong thing.
You may have heard about a “feature” of The Last of Us Part 2 where the player may have to kill a dog. And it’s not a special mode where you try to kill as many dogs as possible, it’s part of the gameplay that dogs will be used by the enemies to stifle Ellie and it can be confronted with having to shoot him down to save him. Gamestop has apparently listed this mechanism as a functionality or a sales argument for the game, many of which will say that it is bad taste. The Director of Naughty Dog Communications, Arne Meyer, did not call Gamestop by his name, but he said it was written by the retailer who posted him, without the help of Naughty Dog.
Yes, The Last of Us Part 2 will undoubtedly be a violent game. There will be a lot of emotional weight behind each kill that Elie will do, and yes, she may have to kill dogs from time to time, but who does not have it in a post-apocalyptic world? In addition, games like Call of Duty, Far Cry and Fallout also have dogs opposed to players. This is not exactly a line that has not already been crossed, not that players should have fun withdrawing them. The Last of Us Part 2 will be released on PS4 on June 19th.
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The source: Twitter