The Last of Us: Neil Druckmann responds to criticism of the changes with the game

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Attacked on the changes between the games and The Last of Us series, Neil Druckmann, who co-directed the series and the games, responded to the reviews.


We've heard it a hundred times before, but to make a good adaptation, you have to know how to betray the original material. A maxim that the creators Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin of the series The Last of Usfollowed to the letter in view of the many changes noticed in the first two episodes and the 2013 game. And according to the showrunner's plans for season 2 of the HBO production, the variations are only just beginning.

One ​​of the differences, however, has really annoyed fans. It is about the modification of the properties of cordyceps, whose contaminating spores have been replaced by hairy filaments. A redefined mythology that was explored in more detail in the solid Episode 2.

In an interview with Variety, the director reacted to criticism:

“I learned to expect negative reactions just by sneezing. I think it speaks to the kind of fans we have, who are so protective and love the world and these characters so much that anything they see as a diversion, without the full context and what it means, they assume the worst. and push him away. I think this addition is something worthwhile. It's actually one of those additions that I'm like, 'Oh, I wish I had it for the game. I wish it had been thought about years ago, because I love it so much.” »

Neil Druckmann therefore does not pay too much attention to negative comments, especially since, according to him, this idea would have had its place in the 2013 production if he had thought of it before. A direction taken under duress so that the actors did not have to wear gas masks on screen as often as in the game. A choice that revealed unsuspected potential.

The interconnection between contaminated individuals is the main horrifying new developmentwhich differs from the base material. A discovery that brings spectacular waves of infected launched in unison to attack the same target. Also, the spread of infection has been redesigned. Where any injury opened the way for airborne spores to lodge in the wounds, here the bite allows direct infiltration of the parasite from the zombie's mouth to the subject.

It should then be noted that apart from these alternatives, the series remains very faithful to the original script and takes it up even in large widths (at least in these first two episodes ). The Last of Us has therefore found the right balance between reclaiming the universe, relying effectively (when necessary) on game cutscenes, and exploring more its characters deeply where the gameplay would take precedence in the other medium. In any case, we can't wait to see the sequel on Amazon in France with a new episode every Monday from January 16, 2023.

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