A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful

Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis

Alexandria Neonakis is a freelance artist who has worked on projects like the Uncharted and Last of Us series.

We’ve featured her work previously when covering those games, and even published a guest editorial where she explained The Last Of Us’ interface, but somehow have never given her her own showcase, so we’re fixing that tonight.

Her work on The Last Of Us II in particular is some of my favourite stuff from the past few years, a reminder that a game that’s so famous for its violence and cruelty could also have moments of real human beauty, so this is a real pleasure.

You can see more of Alexandria’s work at her website.


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Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis
Illustration for article titled A Reminder That The Last Of Us Part II Was Also Beautiful
Illustration: Alexandria Neonakis

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

DISCUSSION

hathur79
Hathur79

I’ll never understand the fondness for ANY of the characters in this game or games like it (GTA for example), where all the characters are evil psychotic pieces of shit that deserve a bullet to the head. Ellie, Abby, Joel - all of them are murderous, cruel pieces of shit. They are literally bad guys, but people seem to love them because the game says you’re supposed to? They are HORRIBLE, people, every bit a monster as they people they kill the in game.

It’s the same reason I couldn’t stand GTA - every character was a cruel, evil maniacal piece of shit that would’ve best served the world if they were dead. Every character in this game is awful trash, they murder when they don’t need to (not talking about gameplay deaths, about cutscene deaths / killing where player has no input). Ellie and Abby being among the worst. Joel at least got killed, which was a modicum of justice for his own many atrocities.

Ugh, it sickens me that these characters are somehow beloved... is that where we are as society, we develop bonds to murderous, evil psychotic murderers? Troubling, even if it is just fictional characters.

Troy Baker (voice actor for Joel) at least had the sense and decency to say he doesn’t think Joel was a redeemable person, that he committed horrible numerous crimes and ultimately that death was the only fitting end for him. He didn’t put Joel up on a some pedestal as a hero or figure worthy of admiration - yes, his story was told extremely well by writers and his actor, but he shouldn’t be revered or admired in any capacity.. he was a terrible human.