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

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8 Comments on The Last of Us Review Round-Up


On June 6, 2013 at 4:14 am

When a game receives such glowing reviews it becomes highly suious. What in the world is considered truly perfect? Nothing is. A rating of ten is fairly pretentious and any reviewer that would carelessly give away a perfect score can not be trusted.

No garden is without weeds.


On June 6, 2013 at 6:09 am

I think that if Phil gives The Last of Us a 7/10 I am going start a revolt! … just kidding. 7/10 is still a good score. There aren’t that many games that are perfect in every way. I am still going to enjoy the game.

Mr Glassback

On June 6, 2013 at 8:49 am

If this game is actually that good then I may finally pick up a ps3 for it. However, I thought this about uncharted and when I eventually played them, I thought they were too much style over substance (just like the recent tomb raider).
Any reviewer who admits to flaws in a game in their review, then goes on to give a perfect score is a bit of a tool really.


On June 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

It’s only flaw is that it is on the PS3. The PS3 controller is a piece of for games like this.


On June 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

@lol: Well it’s not shaped like a phallus for you to shove up your butt, so I guess that’s why you don’t like it.

Either elaborate on your ‘points’ or stop posting them because they’re beyond inane, troll.


On June 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

As excited as I am for this game, I still have to say that the number of perfect scores is a bit odd considering many of them acknowledge the same flaws. I know part of it is how much the reviewer was bothered by those flaws, but it really highlights how arbitrary the idea of assigning scores really is.


On June 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Guys it has a Metacritic average of 96, its the 4th highest rated game of all time. That one polygon review (obvious click baiting) wont change that. A 10 isn’t perfect, becuase nothing is perfect, a 10/10 is given when a game comes so close to it and achieves so much greatness.


On June 12, 2013 at 5:01 am

WHY NEAR EXAMS WHYYYYYY!? ahhh was gonna fail anyway :D