Uvodnik: Posljednji od nas 2 mogao je dobiti dobar poduku

Zadnji od nas 2 je potencijalno jedna od najizuzetnijih propuštenih prilika u modernom igranju. Imao je priliku predstaviti izuzetno smisleno i filozofsko istraživanje ciklusa osvete i onoga što ga pokreće, ali umjesto toga zaronio je u Druckmannove samoinstalacije i „progresivnu“ politiku identiteta. O cemu govorim? Pitate se dok ste pripremali moje smaknuće za herezu. Vjerojatno na lomači ako imate bilo kakvog ukusa, ali poslušajte me kako je ovo mogla biti dobra igra.

Imagine if Druckmann wasn’t in charge, and the game mostly played out the same. Abby, the main antagonist throughout the first half of the game, isn’t trans, she isn’t the FDA’s poster child for why steroids are banned in competitive sports. No, she is just a normal girl born into a Christian family trying to uphold the values her father taught her while being consumed by her own hatred.

One thing that is somewhat hypocritical from a good portion of the original’s fans is the objection to Abby killing Joel. These same people will argue Joel massacring the fireflies was a good scene. That when Marlene begged for her life, he executed her to supposedly keep Ellie safe, claiming as he did how they’d never stop coming for her. This we were told was a good ending, and if we didn’t like it or had criticism for it, we didn’t understand the emotional attachment Joel had for Ellie.

Abby je rođena od tog pokolja. U jednom slučaju izgubila je oca, obiteljske prijatelje i rodbinu. Gledala je psihopata koji desetkuje svoju zajednicu. Tijekom godina vjerovatno je promatrala kako se njezini prijatelji izvršavaju samoubojstvo kako bi izbjegli bol ili dozvolili da budu ubijeni. Godine i godine patnje, mržnje, ogorčenja i duboko ispod svega toga ležala je duboka tuga.

Kad Abby ubi Joela dok njegov brat moli za njegov život nakon što su ih spasili, sada nam se kaže da je uvreda za lika. No za razliku od Joela, Abby je imala godine razloga da ga ubije. Godine razloga koji se neće poništiti jer joj je spasio život, tako i ona. Pretuče ga do smrti zaljevskim klubom dok ga brat moli da stane. Baš kao što je Joel ubio Marlene dok se ona izjašnjavala za njezin život.

Afterward, Ellie goes on a campaign of retribution, fueling an everlasting cycle of revenge. In that plot element, there was the opportunity to demonstrate to the audience how Joel’s actions from the first game were not noble. That just as he cared for Ellie, those he killed had people that cared for them. Care enough that they would hold a deep hatred against him for years. Then just as Abby cared for her father, despite all their differences, Ellie cared for Joel enough to seek vengeance for his less than noble death. After Abby died, someone would pick up the cycle of hatred for her. For that reason, flawed as it might be, Ellie sparing Abby at the end of the game ends the cycle.

Pragmatično bi se u prezentaciji našle neke filozofske rupe. Uostalom, Joel je desetkovao Vatrene koji ga prije nisu pogriješili. Dajući Abbyju pravičniji križarski rat protiv njega. No čak i u toj nedosljednosti, ima prostora za izjavu o ljudskoj prirodi. Kako čak i kada je netko donio kraj sebi, njihova zajednica ili obitelj još uvijek mogu uložiti prigovor da umiru i žele osvetiti onoga koji je to učinio.

Argumentirano popravljajući Zadnji od nas 2 doesn’t undo the fact the Fireflies’ plan to create a vaccine through removing a sector of someone’s brain is doomed to failure. At best, it would only give them insights into how the pathogen interacts with human cells. It wouldn’t allow them to create a vaccine. Further, a vaccine wouldn’t work. For the type of infection seen in Zadnji od nas, you’d need an inhibitor or antigen or more likely an antifungal that targets explicitly the particular strains infecting humans.

Umjesto toga, dobili smo pripovijest o tome kako su ljudi zli, kršćani loši i da je ispunjena progresivnom ideologijom, tako da je čak i prosječna osoba i LGBT zajednica uvrijedila njezino uključivanje. Na kraju, Zadnji od nas 2 nije ništa drugo do probuđena izgubljena prilika da nešto kaže i pokaže nešto duboko i trajno. Hoće li ta poruka biti dobro primljena, bilo bi drugo pitanje.

As it stands, the game’s only legacy will be as an example taught in history classes. An example of how political interjection plagued entertainment and industry.