Last of Us Week

Welcome to LAST OF US WEEK! Ahead of TLOU2's release, Inverse is reflecting on one of our favorite games of all time and the studio that made it, Naughty Dog.

Outta time
‘Last of Us 2’ ending: 1 heartbreaking detail you may have missed
Just Lunning
Time is on Ellie's mind.
Gaming
Last forever
‘Last of Us 2’ multiplayer release date: How Factions DLC could still happen
Just Lunning
Could a free multiplayer standalone game be in our future?
Abby
'Last of Us 2' Abby: Alternate script reveals a more intriguing slow burn
Tomas Franzese
Abby's introduction was originally quite different than how the final game played out.
Musically Ellie-clined
How ‘Last of Us 2’ became intertwined with Pearl Jam’s “Future Days”
Just Lunning
Ellie's most poignant moments in 'Last of Us 2' are weaved together by a 2013 Pearl Jam song called "Future Days." How did this song become the hymn for one of 2020's biggest games? Well, it all started in 2014, shortly after the first game released.
Coined
Ludonarrative dissonance meaning: 'The Last of Us 2' and the 'NYTimes'
Danny Paez

"Ludonarrative dissonance"

String Theory
'Last of Us 2' should have used its best mechanic in a totally different way
Danny Paez
One of Naughty Dog's most basic tools could have been a game-changer.
Gaming
'Last of Us 2' fan art shows the stunning beauty of Ellie, Joel, and Clickers
Danny Paez
Feast your eyes on these stunning fan renditions of Joel, Ellie, and the shambling Clickers of Naughty Dog's 'The Last of Us Part II.'
Inverse Game Reviews
The Last of Us Part 2: 8/10
Corey Plante
Inverse score: 8/10
Gaming
'Last of Us 2' deadnaming prompts outcry from LGBTQ+ community
Tomas Franzese
Game developers, don't do this.
Gaming
'Last of Us 2' review bombing: Why it happens, and 6 things Metacritic can do
Jen Glennon
The Last of Us Part II is the latest major release to draw the wrath of right-wing armchair critics.
Game Guides
'Last of Us 2': How to kill a Stalker, Shambler, or Bloater in one move
Just Lunning
Bloat your strength to leave stalkers in shambles.
Gimmi the loot
‘Last of Us 2’ Easter eggs: 'Crash Bandicoot' porn and 5 more nerdy nods
Danny Paez
There's a secret in every corner ... or a porny pun.
Game Guides
‘Pokémon: Isle of Armor' Diglett locations: All 20 Soothing Wetlands spots
Just Lunning
Find every little Diglett
Death grip
The Last of Us 2: The real science that inspired the zombie fungus
Emma Betuel
Cordyceps brain infection, the disease that has devastated the world in The Last of Us has roots in real-life fungi that can infect insects and control them.
Game Guides
'Last of Us 2' best weapon upgrades: Unlock these 10 gun mods ASAP
Jen Glennon
Your bow and shotgun have different uses, so budget crafting resources accordingly.
Game Guides
'Last of Us 2' Safe Codes: Combos for Big Win, Hillcrest, and 12 more safes
Just Lunning
How to become a "Codebreaker."
Game Guides
'Last of Us 2' Rat King guide: How to beat the hospital boss in Ground Zero
Tomas Franzese
You're gonna need to move fast and hit hard. Here's how to send this creep packing.
Arbiter
'Last of Us 2' spoilers: How the sequel improves an iconic 'Halo 2' twist
Corey Plante
There's a precedent for that shocking moment early on in TLOU 2.
Spoilers!
'Last of Us Part 2' ending explained: Answers to 4 big Ellie and Abby questions
Tomas Franzese
Naughty Dog's sequel doesn't wrap everything up in a tidy bow.