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The story behind The Last of Us Part II’s staggeringly realistic in-game character facial animation (PlayStation Blog)

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It’s my first day in Seattle. Ellie and Dina are exploring a side room of a ruined synagogue. As has happened with frequent regularity since the game’s start, I open up Photo Mode. Naughty Dog’s latest is quickly proving to be a treasure trove for the photographic eye.

 

I pan round to compose my shot, looking to capture expressions, body language. To work out the best position for lighting. In doing so I spot Ellie’s gaze seemingly drawn to a painting in the room. I can’t interact with it, there’s no dialogue attached to its presence. Yet her facial expression gives every indication that she’s mulling the artwork over. Could Naughty Dog really have created subtle reactions for everything in the game?

 

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I too have been in photo mode quite a few times with the game and have been like, "Wow, the facial expressions actually convey something."

 

While playing as Abby, go into photo mode while she's up high.  You can see the sheer terror in her eyes due to her phobia.

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37 minutes ago, best3444 said:

 

Did you actually beat it?

 

Yeah, took me 35 hours according to the in game timer so was a bit slow I guess. It’s such an epic game, the first half could have been one game and the second it’s sequel or at least it’s lost legacy style expansion (i wonder if that was an idea earlier on). 

 

Ahhhh it wouldn’t end when you hit the last parts, I just wanted the damn credits to roll so I know

lev is safe

 lol. They really went places with the story and playing this a bit late here...people were really mad about

playing as Abby? They are by far the superior character to Ellie, who is a monster, and they are actually like-able not full blown sociopaths. That shit seriously must have just been dudes upset a girl has muscular arms, man dudes are fragile.


 

Also

YOU’RE MY PEOPLE

fucking GOT me, might be the second time I legit teared up a little in a video game.

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1 hour ago, stepee said:

 

Yeah, took me 35 hours according to the in game timer so was a bit slow I guess. It’s such an epic game, the first half could have been one game and the second it’s sequel or at least it’s lost legacy style expansion (i wonder if that was an idea earlier on). 

 

Ahhhh it wouldn’t end when you hit the last parts, I just wanted the damn credits to roll so I know

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lev is safe

 lol. They really went places with the story and playing this a bit late here...people were really mad about

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playing as Abby? They are by far the superior character to Ellie, who is a monster, and they are actually like-able not full blown sociopaths. That shit seriously must have just been dudes upset a girl has muscular arms, man dudes are fragile.


 

Also

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YOU’RE MY PEOPLE

fucking GOT me, might be the second time I legit teared up a little in a video game.

 

I definitely need to replay that game. That's awesome you finally got to experience it.

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It’s such a huge game but it’s never filler, it just keeps moving. Definitely made me more uncomfortable than most games too, it’s tense AF. And just jaw dropping beautiful so often, the beauty of the world was kind of the relief throughout it.

 

Really no major complaints besides I would have liked dualsense and 4k for the ps5 version, just a fucking phenomenal game, they nailed it.

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I'm playing it again with the update and I'm still on Ellie's part but yeah I don't know how anyone thinks Abby is better than Ellie. I didn't get it then and I don't get it now. 

 

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I get that Joel is a shitty person and deserved to die, but Abby literally dedicates her life to finding and killing him, breaks from her group to go find and kill him, Joel saves her life, and she brutally tortures him to death anyway. Ellie sees the end of this and wants revenge on the one who killed her father figure. Also, the game makes it pretty clear the WLF are shitty people and that Abby has been part of their shittiness. Just because she reluctantly saves a trans kid  and has a fear of heights doesn't make her likeable. And you only like Abby because the game spends the entire second half bendng over backwards trying to get you to like her. Everyone blames Ellie for everything in this game which is bullshit, Abby's actions are what get all of her friends killed. 

 

Ellie>Abby and I'll die on that hill. 

 

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8 minutes ago, Dodger said:

I'm playing it again with the update and I'm still on Ellie's part but yeah I don't know how anyone thinks Abby is better than Ellie. I didn't get it then and I don't get it now. 

 

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I get that Joel is a shitty person and deserved to die, but Abby literally dedicates her life to finding and killing him, breaks from her group to go find and kill him, Joel saves her life, and she brutally tortures him to death anyway. Ellie sees the end of this and wants revenge on the one who killed her father figure. Also, the game makes it pretty clear the WLF are shitty people and that Abby has been part of their shittiness. Just because she reluctantly saves a trans kid  and has a fear of heights doesn't make her likeable. And you only like Abby because the game spends the entire second half bendng over backwards trying to get you to like her. Everyone blames Ellie for everything in this game which is bullshit, Abby's actions are what get all of her friends killed. 

 

Ellie>Abby and I'll die on that hill. 

 

 

Couple things

Joel isn't just a bad person, he probably caused more damage easily than anyone else alive. He set back the entire human race causing countless amount of deaths with what he did. Abby has her own issues and it's made clear in the game with how other people talk and how she even acknowledges herself she needs to start doing good. The thing is Ellie KNEW why she killed Joel, early on she knows exactly why they went after him and what Joel did but still continues this crusade. She is far more brutal than Abby, killing with less discretion, she has no cause, she is pure rage and violence.



 

Abby's motivation is at least also linked to the cause of trying to restore humanity and Joel not only killing her father but an attack on all human life.  Don't forget Abby let's Ellie go TWICE, once after killing everyone Abby loves, and Ellie STILL won't stop after Abby has moved on. You can also just look at how Abby is with Lev vs Ellie and Dina and the child. Abby is willing to leave everything behind to put the safety of Lev first and foremost. Ellie leaves behind her family after things should be settled and Abby is no threat whatsoever and tries again to kill her, because that's more important than any particualr person, whereas Lev is more important to Abby than killing Ellie, even just not having Lev witness the brutality was enough to make her stop. #teamAbbyButReallyMakeLevPlayableInPt3

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