Raja's Arcade billed itself as "The Funnest Place". It contained many popular video games and likely drew in large crowds of kids. In the aftermath of the cordyceps brain infection, the arcade is among the many abandoned venues in the mall left to the ravages of time.
Inside the arcade, Ellie is amazed to find the fighting game "Triple Phoenix", which she has read about at some point in the past. Riley dismisses it as a children's game, and tells Ellie about "The Turning", a "hardcore one-on-one fighter".
Ellie tells Riley how lucky kids were before the infection, and as they leave she looks back and imagines the arcade in its heyday, vibrant and full of enthusiastic customers. She helplessly utters "it's coming for you", before leaving the ruined, body-filled arcade behind.
Three weeks before Ellie meets Joel, the two girls return to the arcade. Although the power is on, Ellie is left disappointed that she still isn't able to play "The Turning" due to being broken. Riley however describes the fight for Ellie to imaginatively play it. Afterwards, Ellie needs to head back but Riley wanted to continue exploring. When Ellie asks why she is brought to the mall, Riley reluctantly reveals that she is to leave Boston the day after to join a Firefly group in a different city. After another argument, Riley leaves the arcade to investigate the source of the music, with Ellie following behind.
Known Arcade GamesEdit
- Triple Phoenix - a three player brawler based on a cartoon centered around mutated pigeons. Ellie describes it as "super popular".
- The Turning - a two player brawler described as a "one-on-one" fighter with over a hundred combos and "insane" boss fights. "The Turning" features a playable character named Angel Knives; the character's finishing move entails punching a hole in her enemy's chest and beheading them with a single kick.
- In The Last of Us, Ellie and Joel come across "The Turning" inside the remains of Anthony's Pizza & Subs in Lincoln. Ellie tells Joel about Angel Knives and her finishing move. Joel admits that he was never a big fan of video games.
- The name Raja is a reference to Naughty Dog's Uncharted franchise, which features characters named Eddy Raja and Rika Raja. Street signs in the game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves also allude to a Nepalese club called "Club Raja".
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Druckmann, Neil. Naughty Dog. The Last of Us: American Dreams #2. Dark Horse Comics. May 29, 2013
- ↑ Naughty Dog. The Last of Us. (Sony Computer Entertainment). PlayStation 3. 14 June 2013
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Naughty Dog. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. (Sony Computer Entertainment). PlayStation 3. 13 October 2009
- ↑ Druckmann, Neil. Naughty Dog. Uncharted: Eye of Indra. (SCE Worldwide Studios). PlayStation 3. (2009).