Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II features a neat, and fairly sophisticated, mini-game of sorts that lets you play music on an acoustic guitar. Numerous different chords and strumming patterns are possible, and this has led to some wonderful videos of covers of famous songs popping up online.
Now, Blink 182’s own Mark Hoppus has gotten involved. During a recent Twitch livestream on his account, Hoppus covered his own song, “Dammit,” using the Last of Us 2’s in-game guitar. It’s a four-chord song, so it translates quite well in the game as an acoustic version of one of the band’s most famous tunes. It’s a delight to watch Hoppus in this video, even if he forgets the words at one point. It goes to show how long the pandemic has kept us at home, as the song is almost always the finale of the band’s shows and has been a staple of their sets since 1997. Hoppus sang the song in its entirety on the original album recording, but guitarist Tom DeLonge–and later guitarist Matt Skiba–have sung the chorus during shows.
You can buy a replica of the guitar from The Last of Us 2, but at $2,300 it’s not cheap. Sony partnered with guitar company Taylor for the custom acoustic guitar based on Ellie’s guitar from the game.
In other news about The Last of Us 2 and guitars, you can watch this cool video of Australian singer-guitarist Tash Sultana performing a cover of “Through the Valley” from the game’s soundtrack.
The game has a strong connection to music, as Pearl Jam’s “Future Days” is used in the post-apocalyptic game with dramatic effect. Naughty Dog had to push hard to convince Pearl Jam to allow the studio to use the song. Also, writer-director Neil Druckmann recently explained why Joel was aware of “Future Days,” despite it never being officially released when the game takes place.
The Last of Us Part II is a huge sales success, with more than 4 million copies sold in its first three days. The game will be among the thousands of PS4 titles that will work on PlayStation 5 when it’s released later this year.
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