The Last of Us 2 may be a solemnly serious post-apocalyptic shooter for the vast majority of its running time, but Naughty Dog does allow some gentler moments to lighten the mood. In addition to some genuinely lovely chapters, the exclusive also includes several Easter eggs, which we’ve compiled for your convenience as part of our The Last of Us 2 guide. You can also learn more through the following: The Last of Us 2: All the Tiny Details You Missed.
Please keep in mind that due to the nature of this article, there are The Last of Us 2 spoilers below.
You’ve got to remember that in The Last of Us 2’s fiction, the world was plunged into chaos on 26th September, 2013. This means that there’s no PlayStation 4 in the series’ timeline. Explore some households and you’ll still find PlayStation 3 consoles lying around, though – like this one from the Patrol chapter, which is flanked by copies of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and the Jak & Daxter Trilogy.
It’s not just the PS3 that gets some love in The Last of Us 2, as there’s also a cameo from the PS Vita. Many of you will have already seen the chapter where Ellie stabs Whitney playing Hotline Miami on her favourite handheld device, but in The Forward Base section Abby can also have a brief conversation with her about the Hotline Miami title she’s playing.
Giraffe Stuffed Toy
Giraffes have a significant place in The Last of Us lore, given the unforgettable moment from the first game. As such, this stuffed toy which appears during the Patrol chapter seems to be a nod to the aforementioned cut-scene. It also nets Ellie a Journal Entry if you interact with it.
Dr. Uckmann Trading Card
Ellie’s love of Trading Cards knows not bounds, but this Dr. Uckmann collectible carries special significance, seeing as it’s a reference to Naughty Dog vice president Neil Druckmann. The art depicts him as some kind of mad scientist; we wonder if this some kind of inside joke at the Californian studio’s headquarters. You can find it in the Downtown chapter of the game.
Sic Parvis Magna means greatness from small beginnings, and it’s the mantra of Uncharted’s treasure hunter Nathan Drake. This also just so happens to be his ring. How did the Engraved Ring end up in Westlake Bank? We’ve no idea, but check out our guide for more information on how you can find it for yourself: The Last of Us 2: How to Find the Engraved Ring.
You'll find the Precursor Orb, or Strange Artefact, in the Hostile Territory chapter. This is of course a reference to Jak & Daxter, and represents one of the main collectibles from the popular PlayStation exclusive platforming series. You can find it for yourself using our guide: The Last of Us 2: How to Find the Strange Artefact.
At the beginning of the Finding Strings chapter, you’ll want to have a poke around the resort that Ellie, Joel, and Tommy are hanging out in: there’s a Savage Starlight comic for you to peruse. Many of you will remember the fictional sci-fi series from the previous game, and there’s even a conversation between Joel and Ellie about the storyline that triggers a little later in the chapter.
Jak X: Combat Racing Arcade Cabinet
To the best of our knowledge, Jak X: Combat Racing only released on the PlayStation 2, but in The Last of Us 2's universe there was an arcade cabinet as well. During The Flooded City, you'll work your way through an old abandoned arcade, and stumble upon this awesome looking adaptation of Naughty Dog's classic racer.
Have you found any other The Last of Us 2 Easter eggs that we haven't listed here? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to return to our The Last of Us 2 guide for much more on the game.