The Last of Us: Part II now has a release date

Who would have thought it? The Last of Us Part 2 looks better than any game I have ever seen graphically, and in a trailer just shy of 3 minutes I have all the information and motivation I need to be completely in for this game. And most importantly, it comes out on the 21st February 2020. 

I have to be honest; I was not particularly excited for it before yesterday. I was intrigued but I needed something to give me a reason to think this game was going to live up to the brilliant first game. The Last of Us is such a great story that another trip in that world is borderline risky. We haven’t seen a sequel to Citizen Kane, and that is what the first game was for video games.

If you’re avoiding spoilers, then obviously steer clear of the trailer, as it sets up the story of the game and I know some people will want to avoid any information at all. For me it delivered the perfect amount of intrigue and motivation. The trailer sets up several questions, give you some unexpected answers, and reminds you of how dire the world of TLOU is.

It’s one of the better trailers any video game has ever produced, and it featured very little gameplay if any. That being said I am not sure, as I think this game will look like a movie in and out of cutscenes and being able to tell when you’re in control won’t be easy for people watching.

Naughty Dog have my complete trust when it comes to games, but I was unsure I needed another Last of Us story. Now I am 100% in and any doubts I had are gone. I went from meh to give me it now in the space of 3 minutes and I genuinely cannot wait to experience this piece of art.

There were other games shown during the State of Play event, but I haven’t caught up yet due to being worse for wear the last few days. It feels like I haven’t written for ages, but it’s only been since Monday. I will make up for it tomorrow by going through all the State of Play and Inside Xbox information as well as all the rumours about a new Batman game from WB Montreal. If those rumours are true, I wonder what game Rocksteady have been working on for the years since Arkham Knight.

More on that tomorrow, until then thanks for reading.

ChAzJS

 

My Most Anticipated Games of 2019

Gaming is fantastic. If you’re not into it, get into it. There is a game for you, whether it’s a 2D platformer in the vain of the old Super Mario and Castlevania, or a sprawling open world like The Witcher 3. It’s the biggest entertainment industry in the world, and here are my most anticipated games coming in 2019. 

Anthem – 22nd February 

BioWare have made some of the most popular games of the last 20 years, from Star Wars The Old Republic to Mass Effect. Anthem is their newest idea, looking like a mixture of Iron Man suits and Destiny, which sounds great to someone who has sunk a lot of hours into Bungie’s shooter in the last 12 months.

Mass Effect Andromeda was widely considered to be a rare miss for BioWare, even though I personally thought it was a decent game. Decent doesn’t cut it nowadays though, and Anthem needs to really hit for both BioWare and publisher EA to get them back in the fans’ good books.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – 22nd March

From Software develop games I never play, but something about the trailer for their newest effort got me interested. It looked stunning for a start, and the combat looked unique. It’s very early days at this point in terms of what I know about the game, but hopefully we see something special from the developer.

I haven’t got into Bloodborne or the Souls games, as their live die repeat gameplay doesn’t appeal to me, but I am hoping this game is a departure from that hook, and they go for something new like Guerilla Games did a couple of years ago with Horizon Zero Dawn.

The Outer Worlds – 2019

With no confirmed release date, I am hoping this manages to stick to 2019. Coming on the heels of the failure that was Fallout 76, and in the void created by no Borderlands 3 announcement, the creators of the Fallout franchise Obsidian are bringing their new IP, which looks to combine the lessons learnt from Fallout with the fun and whimsy of the Borderlands franchise.

This is possibly my most anticipated game of the year, as at the moment it’s the only single player game I am 100% in for. Days Gone and Sekiro both look decent, but at this point there isn’t enough to get me to commit to buying them. In one excellent trailer, The Outer Worlds convinced me to buy with a lot of confidence this is going to be a very fun game to play.

The Last of Us: Part 2 – 2019 (Hopefully)

Naughty Dog are the kings of single player gaming experiences. Crash Bandicoot was the PS1 mascot, Uncharted was the premier single player adventure game, and until last year, The Last Of Us was considered the Jewel in PlayStation’s library. God of War showed us things can still improve, and in one swoop Sony Santa Monica’s God and Son story laid the challenge down to Naughty Dog.

The Last of Us: Part 2 may not make the cut for 2019, but I sincerely hope it does, as Naughty Dog have shown time and time again they can exceed the lofty expectations fans have for their games. We know very little about the game, but it’s bound to be another evolution on the last few Naughty Dog games, with Uncharted and The Last of Us’ gameplay influencing each other in the last few games.

There are bound to be a lot of games this year that surprise us, as God of War did last year, so hopefully we get something similar again from something like Days Gone. Thanks for reading, please share on Facebook and Twitter if you liked this!

ChAzJS