The Last of Us Part 2 Melee Animations Have Been Recreated in PlayStation’s Dreams

What a crazy 24 hours it has been for The Last of Us Part 2 fans, right? Most of us have been dodging those horrible TLOU2 leaks (no actual leaks are included in that link) circulating social media and trying to stay away from places like Twitter to then have our emotions uplifted when Sony announced yesterday that The Last of Us Part 2 would finally be heading our way on June 19, 2020. I think it’s safe to say that fans could definitely use a little break from the chaos so, in light of that, Reddit user Apeinator has recreated Ellie’s incredible melee animations taken from the E3’s 2018 The Last of Us Part 2 gameplay reveal trailer and reenacted them in Dreams.

Media Molecule’s Dreams is a wonderful place for those with a creative flair where tools to sculpt and paint are at your fingertips. Using the game’s mechanics, players can craft whatever their imagination allows them to do, the sky is pretty much the limit there. Recently we’ve seen another fellow Reddit user sculpt a wonderfully horrific Clicker from The Last of Us who used a selection of shapes with different blend settings to create the Cordyceps riddled model. This time, however, Youtube creator and Reddit user Apeinator has taken the animations seen in The Last of Us Part 2 gameplay trailer and incorporated them into Dreams, creating models that move just like Ellie and the Seraphites as they engage in an intense battle.

Apeinator has quite clearly studied the gameplay trailer’s every detail as we can see in their video below. Each melee move seen by Ellie is mirrored in their Dreams creation and I’m still at a loss on how it’s done. My favorite part of the recreation is right at the end when the model based on Ellie swings back her hammer in slow motion and plants it firmly into the enemy’s skull with some cool blood splatter. It may not hold the same dramatic tension as seen in the actual trailer but I think it’s fair to say that it’s incredibly well done and shows the sheer about of talent floating around in Dreams.

TLOU 2 melee animations recreated in Dreams from r/thelastofus

While we are on the subject of Dreams projects, check out this ultra photorealistic project created entirely on a base PlayStation 4 by BadRobo82, creating all of the assets themselves and everything in full 3D – it really is very impressive. You’ve no doubt heard about Sony removing Mario from Dreams because Nintendo wasn’t too happy about their character being used for that purpose and then issuing a copyright strike. It just goes to show that even in a place where anything can be crafted, it doesn’t necessarily mean it should. Hell, we even saw a 10 years old fan of the game who, in between doing his homework, has begun working on Dreams 2 while in Dreams.

As with any game, please do be respectful and mindful of those who wish to not be spoiled by game leaks. No matter what your opinion is on why they were leaked in the first place, years of hard work from the devs and years of patiently waiting by players is paramount right now. Don’t be that person.

The Last of Us Part II will now be launching on PS4 around the world on June 19, 2020.



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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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