Visually, The Last of Us 2 is an incredibly beautiful game. Even on a standard PlayStation 4 console, Naughty Dog's latest action adventure impresses at every turn. However, while the enlarged image is wonderful as a whole, what's amazing is when you take the time to appreciate some of the small details. In addition to all The Last of Us 2 easter eggs and references, there is an obsessive level of detail to the world of this game. As part of our vast The last of us 2 guide, we've compiled a list of the game's most impressive technical details.
Please beware of potential spoilers below.
Bandages are soaked in blood over time
When you use a first aid kit to heal in The Last of Us 2, the character you play will wrap their arm in a bandage. However, if you look closely, you will notice that the wound they are covering will continue to bleed and gradually turn the bandages red over time.
It's common knowledge that you can break glass in The Last of Us 2, but the physics applied to this material goes beyond what you'd expect. For example, let's say you throw a glass bottle at an enemy - shards of glass will burrow into their skin. Moreover, broken glass has real physical properties; just watch the clip below, in which flying glass fragments knock over a lamp.
A flying shard of glass topples the lampshade. Better than rope tbh.https://t.co/m0jm3GuT9W pic.twitter.com/uAAYM0zyOj– consumeprogeny (@ConsumeProgeny) June 22, 2020
This one is disgusting, but impressive all the same. You have some explosives at your disposal, and they are of course extremely powerful. Enemies are shattered and their remains have physical properties. For example, in the video below, you can see the flesh of an unfortunate group of villains sticking to the ceiling and then falling off.
Melee Strikes Can Knock Out Teeth
Melee is vicious in The Last of Us 2, especially if you run into an enemy with an upgraded weapon. If you smash an enemy in the face with a melee attack, their teeth can fly off, a detail you might miss without going into photo mode. Ouch!
Abby's fear of heights is subtly shown during play
It is established during the match that Abby is afraid of heights. This is expressed in dialogue and during a particularly shaky late game section. However, if you're playing as Abby, approach the edge of a raised platform. You will notice that his fear of heights is presented on screen. The field of view changes, the edges of the screen are blurred, and Abby is out of breath.
Environments are full of unique details
There are unique elements to the game's open areas and buildings. Although there are repeated elements here and there, you'll never encounter the same room twice, and the environmental details are absurd no matter where you go. look. A unique example is the hot tub below which, if you look closely, is full of tadpoles. As far as we know, this only appears once in the game, and you can easily skip past it.
If your backpack gets wet, so do the items inside
Naughty Dog has already impressed by making wet clothes in its previous games, but it takes it even further in The Last of Us 2. If your backpack is submerged in water, the items you carry inside – notes, maps, weapons – also getting wet. Apparently, if you half submerge the backpack, the items will also only be half wet.
Blood melts the snow
There are a few snowy areas in The Last of Us 2, and for those parts of the game, Naughty Dog went crazy. Blood is hot, of course, and so any blood spilled in snowy places will melt the snow it touches.
Snow falls from the trees if you enter them
While we're on the subject of snow, you'll see it piling up on trees in some areas. If you walk through the branches of these trees, the snow will fall in a natural way. You can see it in action in the timestamped video below.
What crazy details did you spot in The Last of Us 2? Tell us in the comments section below and check out our The last of us 2 guide for more on the game.