The Last of Us is one of the most pristinely polished games in PlayStation history – but like any piece of visual entertainment, it's mostly an optical illusion. This brilliant YouTube video detaches the camera from behind Joel's shoulder to show you things that you aren't supposed to see – including spawn points, far-off geometry, and even random assets that were placed out of sight and never got removed.

What's amazing about this is just how much the game falls to pieces once you move the camera away from where it's supposed to be. One clip shows how Ellie's character model morphs into place while you're not looking, before snapping back into the polished animations that we all recognise from the final game. It's amazing really just how much is faked to get the final result, and yet you'd never know while playing the title properly.

[via youtube.com]