Naughty Dog’s masterpiece, released over 3 years ago, The Last of Us Part II, was an exceptional example of the creation of a post-apocalyptic world in which all that is left are people who murder to survive and the infected scattered in every possible spot. The location of the story took place in Seattle, and here are 7 real-life places of the city accurately designed in this horror title:
Finding Shelter in Paramount Theater
When the character Ellie enters Seattle with her companion Dina, they take shelter in the Paramount Theater. This is a real theater that she returns to frequently during her journey for revenge.
WLF Community at Lumen Field
Lumen Field Stadium is where the second character, Abby, starts her first day. It serves as a base for the WLF rebel group, who have built a small community with a school inside the stadium.
Great Seattle Wheel Overlooks the City
The Great Seattle Wheel is a ferris wheel along the waterfront that can be seen during gameplay as both Ellie pursuing for revenge, and Abby spending her moments with Owen. The game’s version takes some creative liberties with the real wheel’s design.
Exploring a Flooded Nordstrom
On day 3, Ellie navigates through the flooded remnants of the Nordstrom department store, renamed “Norkirk” in the game. This replicates an actual Downtown Seattle Nordstrom location.
Seattle Aquarium Brought to the Apocalypse
Several scenes developing Abby’s backstory occur at the Seattle Aquarium. The in-game aquarium accurately mimics the real building’s marine life exhibits, items, and architecture.
Central Library Makes a Bold First Impression
The Central Public Library is a distinctive structure that Ellie encounters on her first day in the area. Its towering glass and steel design left a strong impression on players.
Riding Past a Courthouse Landmark
While exploring the Downtown of the city, Ellie rides past the William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Courthouse on horseback with Dina. Overrun by infected, it retained its imposing neoclassical facade.
Meticulously adapting real Seattle landmarks helped make The Last of Us Part II’s apocalyptic setting more immersive. Players were exploring a fantasy world layered onto a familiar, authentic city landscape.
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The Last of Us Part II is available on PS4.
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My heart beats to the rhythm of the virtual landscapes, and my true gaming obsessions are "Horizon Franchise", Zero Dawn and Forbidden West, and "The Last of Us Series". You can always find me exploring the breathtaking horizons of Ellie's and Aloy's adventures.