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News Trailer The Last of Us Part II Grounded Mode Trailer/Details. Free Game Update 08/13/2020.

Will you replay it on grounded mode?

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Gold Dealer
Feb 10, 2020
Salalah, Oman
New games aren't always there for you, replaying games fills that gap.

I spend months not touching the console if nothing new to play, and play the hell out of the game, exploring every corner of the map when a great one hits. So far, it seems that will be a great year compared to PS4 first year.
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Jun 7, 2015
I'm going to wait for a PS5 playthrough, if I don't go PC. Thank the old gods and the new that film grain is removed (though it really should be opt in, rather than opt out for the casual gamer).

Between this and Cyberpunk it's going to keep me really busy.


Apr 26, 2020
Los Angeles
Naughty Blog Post Details.

Age-gated. Will update once I find one that doesn't have it.

Grounded Difficulty Returns, Plus New Permadeath Mode

For veteran The Last of Us fans, Grounded difficulty represents the ultimate test of skill. This difficulty raises the stakes by not only making enemies deadlier and ammo, upgrade, and crafting materials incredibly scarce, but also removing invaluable tools for survival, such as disabling Listen mode, deactivating elements of the HUD, and more**. Beginning with the update, Grounded will become one of the base difficulty options available when starting the story, so you won’t need to have beaten the game once already to access it.

As an additional layer of challenge, we’re also introducing a brand new Permadeath mode***. With this custom mode enabled, there are no second chances--you must complete the entire game without dying or start over from the beginning. However, if taking on the whole game is too daunting, you can choose to enable Permadeath mode with checkpoints on a per-chapter or per-act basis. In other words, if you die at the end of Day One, you’ll have to play the entire day over again.

You’ll also be rewarded for your efforts. The Grounded update introduces two new Trophies: one for completing the game with any Permadeath mode enabled and another for beating it on Grounded difficulty. Don’t worry, though, neither of these Trophies will be required in order to earn the Platinum.

New Graphics, Audio, and Gameplay Modifiers

Have you ever wondered what The Last of Us Part II would look like as a cel-shaded adventure or if it was made in the retro 8-bit era? How about if it was a black and white noir thriller or sepia-toned classic? With this week’s update, we’re adding nearly 30 new graphics rendering modes, as well as several new audio modifiers that allow you to change the look and feel of the game.

We’re also debuting new unlockable gameplay modifiers, like One Shot or Touch of Death that enable one-hit kills or Infinite Ammo, Infinite Crafting, or Infinite Listen Mode Range to add a new twist to gameplay:
  • Mirror World
  • Mirror on Death
  • Slow Motion
  • Bullet Speed Mode
  • Infinite Ammo
  • Infinite Crafting
  • Infinite Melee Durability
  • Infinite Listen Mode Range
  • One Shot
  • Touch of Death
  • 8-bit Audio
  • 4-bit Audio
  • Helium Audio
  • Xenon Audio
  • Saves now display playtime up to the second
  • Film Grain Adjustment option
  • Disable Listen Mode option
  • Motion Sensor Function Aiming option
  • Arc Throw HUD Display option
  • Aiming Acceleration Scale option
  • Aiming Ramp Power Scale option
  • Accessibility improvements to Ground Zero encounter, collectible tracking, Enhanced Listen Mode for collectibles, and rope gameplay
All of these modifiers can be accessed via the Extras menu and unlocked after completing the game.

New Options and Improvements

Alongside these new modes, we’re excited to introduce a number of frequently requested improvements to the game, including the option to disable Listen Mode, adjust Film Grain levels, additional display options, improvements to accessibility features, and more. For our friends in the speedrunning community, we’re also adding the ability to see playtime up to the second in the saves menu, making it easier to track and verify your runs.

Who is gonna conquer a permadeath grounded run?!

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Delco Airsoft

Jan 17, 2020
I'm just so happy they are adding one shot kills. This feature made Uncharted 1, 2 and 3 s much more fun and cinematic. Uncharted should have had it and I don't know why it didn't. I wish they would go back and add that.


Jan 2, 2020
I might play it again on PS5. Sounds great, but I usually don't reply games, I go for new games.
yeah i am the exact same. But luckily you can skip cutscenes and even chose a specific chapter you want to play. I still want a mode specifically made to enjoy the combat only tho
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Gold Dealer
Feb 10, 2020
Salalah, Oman
yeah i am the exact same. But luckily you can skip cutscenes and even chose a specific chapter you want to play. I still want a mode specifically made to enjoy the combat only tho

I enjoy all the cutscenes, even repeated. It's a blasphemy to skip them. :lollipop_tears_of_joy: Might revisit it on PS5.


Good chance I'm crying about MS or misquoting people.
Nov 19, 2013
While already much better looking than other games, removing the film grain really made the graphics shine more.