It'll probably be a long, long time before people tire of playing around with the working guitars in The Last of Us Part 2. They mostly serve as a showcase of Naughty Dog's dev prowess and budget, but anyone with a bit of musical knowledge is hard pressed not to fiddle around with the guitars as a break from all the post-apocalyptic horrors. As it turns out, that includes one of the frontmen from Blink-182.
Yes, bassist and singer-songwriter Mark Hoppus is working his way through The Last of Us Part 2 and has given its playable guitars a whirl (sorry to those hoping for former co-lead and UFO researcher Tom DeLonge). Thankfully, Hoppus has also been streaming his time with the game on Twitch, so viewers have clipped the best bits. You might be able to construe these clips as minor spoilers for Part 2, but both of the guitar bits linked here come pretty early in the game.
At first, in the very limited guitar sequence near the start of the game, Hoppus noodles around for a bit trying to get more than a G chord out, to the chat's chagrin. Later on, though, he sits Ellie down and starts strumming the chords to "Dammit." It's a good bit of fun to see Hoppus hamming up the lyrics he wrote way back, and it's made all the more amusing once he forgets the end of the verse.
"Wait, how do the lyrics go? 'You must have your reasons, I know that you're leaving'," he mumbles to his viewers. "What's the next line?"
Hoppus is now likely the most famous person to have contributed to the trend of Ellie guitar covers. He was still in the early chapters of the game as of his streaming session just yesterday, so maybe we'll get to see some more Blink-182 hits live from a dingy, digital Seattle, Washington as he keeps playing. If you're interested in seeing Naughty Dog's playable guitars pushed to their limits, though, Cian Maher's showcase for our sister site VG247 is still one of the best hit parades out there.
Here's hoping the Ellie covers and the popularity of other playable instruments in games lead to more silly videos like these ones from Hoppus. I, for one, would love to see Billy Joel try to plink out a tune on Half-Life's VR piano.