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The Last of Us Part II Player Recreates the Game’s Trading Cards

Could The Last of Us Part 2 trading cards soon be in player's hands?

If you are anything like me, you’ll currently be trying your best to platinum The Last of Us Part 2. Although you’re unlikely to get that sought after achievement on your first playthrough, heading back into the astounding world that Naughty Dog has built is by far a chore. Many items can be found while out and about as Ellie or Abby to fill your pockets that include training magazines, artifacts, coins, supplements, and safe codes, but there’s nothing quite like finding one of Ellie’s obsessions – her superhero trading cards. One player who wanted to fill the void left after playing the emotionally traumatic playthrough of Part 2 has decided to take it upon themselves to craft their very own trading cards straight from the game.

Over on Reddit, user WowWhatABeaut wanted to do something to commemorate their experience after The Last of Us Part 2 left such an impact on them after completion. Not fulfilled with going out and getting a tattoo as so many fans did nor really being able to draw, they decided to recreate the hero/villain trading cards Ellie collects throughout the game, but in the pre-apocalypse form (i.e. mint condition). Having some knowledge of Graphic Design, “WowWhatABeaut” spent 10 hours crafting the cards and then finally finished their very own version of the game’s trading cards.

Since this is merely a mock-up of the original artist’s work whose Instagram account can be found here, “WowWhatABeaut” can’t resell or make a profit but they are planning to give away a deck for free once they have been printed. Although, they don’t state where people can enter into this giveaway I assume that additional information will be added to their post in the near future. The poster did make a comment stating that “according to an inside source, a lot of people at Naughty Dog are pushing to make the cards a real thing. We just have to be vocal about it on social media! You didn’t hear that from me though. :P” so whether this is true or not, it would be fantastic to get these trading cards into mass production as I for one would be all over them in a flash.

If taking pictures in your games is something you love, EA’s Petri ‘Berduu’ Levälahti has shared some cool tips on how best to snap some photos. You may also dig the official The Last of Us podcast if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. In previous episodes, the podcasts focused on the summer sections of the first game, episode three dived into fall, and the Left Behind DLC and episode four were centered around Winter and Spring but the latest one will be all about Part II.

The Last of Us Part II has already and probably unsurprisingly reached over 4 million in sales and has become the PS4’s fastest-selling exclusive ever. Sony revealed the news on the PlayStation Blog today that as of June 21 the highly anticipated sequel has done extremely well in such a short space of time, overtaking PS4’s previous record holders, God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man. This news comes after we heard that in Japan, The Last of Us Part II became its top-selling first-party PS4 game selling 178,696 copies in total. If you ever wondered how The Last of Us Part II’s developers created those chilling sounds that The Infected make, you can check out Naughty Dog’s sound designer who delved into the process.

Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann has more information on whether The Last of Us Part II would have a DLC like The Last of Us: Left Behind. During a spoilercast with Kinda Funny GamesNeil stated that currently there are “no plans” to release DLC for Part II. But who knows, maybe we will see a DLC drop sometime into the future. If you want to find a cool and slightly gross way of distracting those hungry clickers to give you a little breathing room, check out this article that offers up a crafty way to get a step ahead of those big infected heads.

The Last of Us Part 2 is available now exclusively on PS4 (and soon to be PS5). The game was one of DualShockers’ favorites of 2020; make sure to check out the official DualShockers (generally spoiler-free) review. Also, feel free to grab the game physically on Amazon to help support the site.

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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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