The Last of Us Review Round-Up
Reviews are in for Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated apocalypse narrative The Last of Us, and judging from the scores, the champagne will flow freely tonight down in Santa Monica. Game reviewers all over the internet are lining up to award the game perfect scores, with an alacrity that has made The Last of Us Metacritic’s 21st-highest-scoring game of all time.
The Game Front review, written by Phil Hornshaw, takes a more even-handed approach, arguing that despite the achievements in storytelling, the repetitive, conventional nature of the gameplay leaves something to be desired. The raft of perfect scores also raises questions about the reviewing business in general. What exactly do games have to do to get a perfect score? Are they being compared with every game in the history of the medium, or just more recent competitors? Is it OK to give a game a nine or a ten, even while it acknowledging that it has significant flaws? In the age of inflated review scores, are our standards as a subculture getting a little low?
These are questions that deserve a lengthy answer, in a different article. It seems pretty obvious that The Last of Us is a fun, well-made game. Here are a bunch of people telling you why:
- GamesRadar: “The first truly mature interactive narrative in the action genre.” — 10/10
- Edge Magazine: “The most riveting, emotionally resonant story-driven epic of this console generation.” — 10/10
- The Telegraph (UK): “Naughty Dog’s finest work and one of the best games of this generation.”
- IGN: “The 17 hours I spent playing through the campaign are among the most memorable I’ve ever spent with a game.” — 10/10
- Destructoid: “It cannot be said enough, however, that Naughty Dog’s new best creation is complete, and when I say complete, I mean it to pay the highest of compliments.” — 10/10
- Guardian (UK) Games Blog: “The Last of Us is visually arresting, mechanically solid, maturely written and by turns heart-rending, tense, unnerving and brutal.”
- Joystiq: “The Last of Us is not a cheerful story, but it’s a damned good one.” — 5/5
- Polygon: “There are hints of a nuanced message in The Last of Us, but convention wins out too often to easily find them.” — 7.5/10
- Wired: “Naughty Dog had something special here, and I wish it had been expanded upon significantly more.”
- Kotaku: ” But by and large, The Last of Us trades on being believable rather than being realistic. In that, it succeeds.”
- GameSpot: “The Last of Us is a singular adventure that looks the downfall of humanity in the eyes and doesn’t blink.”
- Eurogamer: “An elegy for a dying world, The Last of Us is also a beacon of hope for its genre.” — 10/10