The review embargo for Naughty Dog’s latest title, The Last of Us, has finally been lifted, and it comes as an absolutely no surprise that every last person on the internet loves Joel’s and Ellie’s tale of survival. The Last of Us is one of the last games before a new generation begins, but it’s also one of the best.
Taking a closer look at Metacritic, it seems like the lowest score given to this survival-themed adventure is a 75 out of 100. As a whole, The Last of Us has garnered a very impressive 97 out of 100. So what are the reviewers saying? Let’s take a few examples, shall we?
- Cheat Code Central – “You will play this game and feel the overwhelming storyline, like the characters, and, after you have let it all soak in, some of your favourite moments will be the small things; the things you didn’t have your hand held through.” - 100/100
- PlayStation Official Magazine UK – “The acting is more believable than LA Noire’s hi-tech gurning. There are sneaky set-piece excursions that outdo even Metal Gear Solid 4 at its best.” – 100/100
- VideoGamer – “Ultimately, I defy anyone not to be moved when it comes to its conclusion and the huge questions it asks of both the player and the characters themselves – any game that achieves such a goal deserves high-praise.” – 100/100
- IGN – “Its unrivaled presentation in particular sets the bar even higher than the Uncharted trilogy already did, and its writing, voice acting and layered gameplay combine to create what is very easily the game to beat for Game of the Year 2013.” – 100/100
- Destructoid – “I do not want more from The Last of Us: I do not need more. As the last line was uttered and the credits ushered in the close, I was done. The Last of Us had achieved everything it needed to achieve in order to provide me with everything I wanted…And it ended perfectly.” – 100/100
Everyeye.it – “The Last of Us brings you into a world where people die without grace, and explains to you the beauty of the extinction. It’s strong, unique, brutal and, ultimately, unforgettable.” – 100/100
- EGM – “Instead, it’s a game about two people, and the bond that forms between them—and that journey is far more exciting than any amount of infected monsters or food scavenging could ever provide.” – 95/100
- Game Informer – “The Last of Us is a deeply felt, shockingly violent game that questions what we’re willing to sacrifice and, more disturbingly, what we’re willing to do so save the ones we love. The conclusion offers no easy answers. You won’t forget it.” – 95/100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) – “The Last of Us has perhaps the best artificial intelligence I’ve ever seen in a game. The enemies, whether they are mindless zombies or clever human “hunters,” behave in amazingly realistic ways, forcing the player to think up equally smart strategies in each encounter.” – 90/100
- GameSpot – “Despite the many small problems in combat, there’s an undeniable tension. Vanquishing a horde of attackers is challenging, so you must fight intelligently.” – 80/100
- Polygon – “It achieves incredible emotional high points about as often as it bumps up against tired scenario design that doesn’t fit its world. Survival in the post-apocalypse requires compromise, but The Last of Us has given up something vital.” – 75/100
Of course, there are always going to be a few exceptions here and there, but as a whole, The Last of Us is one of this generation’s best game. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and keep it locked to Analog Addiction for our own review around the game’s release date.
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