While Ellie’s guitar gently weeps.
The Last of Us Part 2 is a deeply harrowing game that provides emotional gut punch after gut punch, but beneath its somber exterior lies some wholesome little gems just waiting to be found. As we saw towards the end of The Last of Us, Joel told Ellie that he would teach her how to play the guitar and by Part 2, Ellie could strum her heart out. In one particular scene in The Last of Us Part 2, Ellie and Dina enter a music store that includes a room where Ellie sits down and plays her now-infamous A-Ha’s “Take on Me“. What’s amazing about this encounter is that players could totally avoid this beautiful moment in the game and not enter the room at all, but even more incredible is the amount of cover songs you can get Ellie to play on the guitar.
The mini-game allows players to interact with the DualShock 4’s touchpad for strumming while Ellie’s chords are played through button prompts on a radial wheel and even capo placement is implemented to allow for a super realistic guitar playing experience. Of course, it’s of no surprise that creative players have taken this opportunity to cover some of the world’s best guitar tunes and to share them online. Over on VG247, they have put together a video showcasing some incredible cover songs played on Ellie’s guitar which includes the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Californication, Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun, Shawn James – Through the Valley, Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here, Chris Isaak – Wicked Game, Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah, The Cranberries – Zombie, Radiohead – Creep, Bob Marley – Redemption Song and The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army. Sorry guys, no Wonderwall was included in this instance, but give it time!
Doing some digging of my own over on YouTube, I found a few other cover song gems but I’m sure I’ve missed quite a lot. The few that stood out was KnotsWithFoxy‘s recreation of Metallica’s iconic “Nothing Else Matters” and Johnny Cash‘s heart-wrenching song “Hurt”. You can have a listen to them below then go out and pick yourself up a guitar if you haven’t got one by now, and learn some of these tunes or a cheaper way, I guess, is to play them all in The Last of Us Part 2.
The Last of Us Part II has already and unsurprisingly reached over 4 million in sales and has become the PS4’s fastest-selling exclusive ever. Sony revealed the news on the PlayStation Blog today that as of June 21 the highly anticipated sequel has done extremely well in such a short space of time, overtaking PS4’s previous record holders, God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man. This news comes after we heard that in Japan, The Last of Us Part II became its top-selling first-party PS4 game selling 178,696 copies in total. If you ever wondered how The Last of Us Part II’s developers created those chilling sounds that The Infected make, you can check out Naughty Dog’s sound designer who delved into the process.
Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann has more information on whether The Last of Us Part II would have a DLC like The Last of Us: Left Behind. During a spoilercast with Kinda Funny Games, Neil stated that currently there are “no plans” to release DLC for Part II. But who knows, maybe we will see a DLC drop sometime into the future.
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