Hideo Kojima is a demigod for computer gamers and perhaps the only game creator to be hailed as an auteur. His Metal Gear series are benchmarks of the genre.
On the other hand, The Last of Us 2, the latest release from developers Naughty Dog, is plumbing the same depths of fan backlash as Ghostbusters 2016 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And for the same reason: going super-woke.
So when a Facebook user tried to roast Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding in contrast to Last of Us 2, Kojima’s official Facebook page hit back. Hard.
Kojima Productions Co. Ltd was running a promotion for their latest videogame release starring Norman Reedus on Facebook when an annoyed troll responded by posting a picture of a retail copy of the The Last of Us Part II with the following message: “Boring as sh*t. Sold it to buy The Last of Us Part II.”
Much to the surprise of everyone Kojima Productions Co. Ltd responded to the troll and subtly insulted him while roasting Naughty Dog’s latest game.
“The quality of the game reflects the quality of its player. Maybe this suits you more,” the studio responded with an attached image of The Last of Us Part II current user review score.
The Last of Us was a hugely popular game. Its sequel, it is safe to say, is not. While fans are generally impressed by its graphics quality and gameplay, they loathe its storyline. Not only does the narrative barely make any sense, but, in what many fans regard as a disgusting betrayal of the first game, it brutally murders the popular protagonist, Joel Miller. Then it makes the user play most of the rest of the game as Joel’s murderer, Abby, a hyper-butch, possibly transgender, feminist “Karen Mary-Sue”. And that’s just the beginning of the game. Throughout, it bludgeons its audience with super-woke ‘progressive’ politics.
It should surprise no-one that feminist Anita “GamerGate” Sarkeesian was heavily involved in its production.
Naturally, critics pretend to love the game, but users have bombed it with overwhelming negative reviews.
Despite having received raving review from the mainstream media, The Last of Us Part II is being panned by YouTube pundits, Twitch streamers, and thousands of disappointed fans on Twitter, and the user review score reflects that.
Naughty Dog’s latest gory snuff game is also not fairing as well in Japan as it is in the USA and UK. Famitsu slammed the game’s story and criticised the Naughty Dog’s ‘messy writing’ and bad plot devices while IGN Japan scored the game a modest 7/10.
This disconnect between critics and fans has become a yawning chasm, increasingly exposed by review aggregators like Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes. For instance, Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette was wildly acclaimed by critics – while audiences gave it a big, fat raspberry. Ditto Ghostbusters 2016, Knock Down the House (an AOC hagiography pretending to be a documentary), The Rise of Skywalker, and many more. On the other hands, while critics clutched their pearls at Dave Chappelle’s Sticks and Stones, and 2013 comedy We’re the Millers, audiences voted the other way with their feet.
As Bret Easton Ellis has said, of critically-acclaimed snooze-fest Black Panther, no one really thinks these are good movies, but they’ll die pretending that they are, for the sake of “a huge fatuous inclusivity and diversity push”. Ghostbusters 2016 was garbage, but anyone who dared say so was vilified as “misogynist”.
“This notion,” Ellis says, “Is being shoved down our throats and we can only smile in disbelief. Or perhaps understand that this is just the moment we’re trapped in. A joke, a hoax. It’s all fake news, folks.”
Critics might lie but audiences do not. Last of Us 2 stinks. Like every other steaming pile of woke dogshit Hollywood keeps dumping on us.
In an act of rebellion, some fans have recorded themselves burning the LGBTQ+EIEIO flag waved in Last of Us 2.
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