The Last of Us Part 2 Mod Replaces Ellie to Make Joel Playable

Joel is back as a playable character in The Last of Us Part 2 mod.

By Rachael Fiddis

March 19, 2021

The Last of Us Part 2 was, by far, the most controversial game to come out of 2020. The Naughty Dog title was met by hate and anger from some who deemed the game “pointless” due to its narrative and the killing off of one of the titles most beloved characters, Joel.

Although I’d personally disagree with the former, I do have empathy for players who didn’t want Joel to die the way he did or at all. For those who would love nothing more than to play The Last of Us Part 2 again but this time to have Joel back, it seems a modder has been able to resurrect him in place of Ellie.

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YouTuber smasher248 has taken the scene from the area where Ellie and Dina face off against the wolves after getting kidnapped and replaced Ellie with Joel for a few precious moments. We see Joel running around the building, gun in hand, wearing his tanned leather jacket which will bring back a lot of emotional feelings as the last time players saw it was hanging in the closet after his death.

Unfortunately, Joel’s voice in this mod is still Ellie’s as that would be pretty hard to take out but it’s still nice to see Ellie’s father figure back again even if it’s just for a short time. There’s also another clip by Smasher that showcases Joel taking Ellie’s place in the iconic “Take on Me” scene but, again, it’s Ellie singing and not Joel’s lovely voice. The scene is a little ruined though, but in a funny way, as his hand isn’t even holding the guitar’s neck!

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Smasher says in the comment section of the video that their next goal is to take on Abby so for those who hated how it all went down, you may get a future video showing Joel taking out Abby instead of the other way around.

While we wait to see what Naughty Dog has up their sleeve next, which could be an entirely new IP, The Last of Us Part 2 is available now exclusively on PS4 if you’ve yet to experience the title

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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, 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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