You don't need to own a PlayStation to know about The Last of Us Part 2, as it's absolutely dominated the headlines these days, but the latest news doesn't make Sony or Naughty Dog look good.
It turns out that Vice's review rubbed the two the wrong way, which resulted in Sony's PR department contacting the reviewer and enquire why he said certain things they deemed unfair.
"They felt some of the conclusions I reached in my review were unfair and dismissed some meaningful changes or improvements", the reviewer, Rob Zacny, told Polygon .
Now there's no dancing around this - there doesn't seem to be a way to start a reasonable conversation over The Last of Us Part 2, and to say that discussions take three replies to turn into dumpster fires is an understatement. More like blazing and scorched landfills if you ask us.
Suggesting it's anything less than a masterpiece is treated as an insult. Saying it's not trash equally, if not even more so. It seems that the dreaded leak and public slamming of the Shindler's List references turned Naughty Dog and even their voice actors on the defensive, and not the kind that makes them look good.
Even Jason Schreier's pretty open-ended tweet saying "video games are too long" was interpreted by voice actor Troy Baker as a dig at The Last of Us Part 2. He replied with an excerpt from Teddy Roosevelt's The Man in the Arena as a dig at critics.
That said, Zacny said that the exchange with Sony wasn't confrontational, even if it was quite unusual. "I was happy to unpack a bit of my reasoning, however, and received a perfectly cordial message in response", he said.
Unfortunately for Sony, as amicable as this exchange may have been, it's a really bad look for them, Naughty Dog and The Last of Us Part 2. One's mind immediately jumps to the possibility of smaller websites going through the same and while this is purely hypothetical, it's no longer inconceivable. And make no mistake - that's purely Sony's and Naughty Dog's fault.