The Last of Us Part II continues to be per week away from launching, and the final consensus from overview is that it’ll really feel like a protracted wait. The newest from Naughty Dog, The Last of Us Part II picks up a couple of years after the PS3 authentic, following Ellie on a bloody path of revenge. It’s bleak, tragic and intestine-wrenching, however a story most opinions recommend you do not miss.
Overall critic reception has been extremely optimistic, with a couple of caveats. In GameSpot’s personal 8/10 spoiler-free overview for The Last of Us Part II, editor Kallie Plagge commends the sport’s sturdy characters and tense fight, however feels it suffers from pacing points and uneven evaluation of its themes. “In the second half of the game, these exploration issues persist, as do the horrors of combat and violence. But for reasons I can’t explain due to spoiler restrictions, the narrative shifts significantly at a certain point, and the context of everything you’ve done up until then changes along with it. There’s a lot I want to say that I’m not allowed to until the game is out, but this half of the game is the reason anything in it works at all. It examines a lot of the violence that happens early on, though not all the violence in general, and it’s where the story finds its meaning.”
We’ve gathered further opinions under, with the bulk laying reward on the sport’s narrative and private character writing. A lot of reward has additionally been given to the sport’s intensive accessibility choices, permitting extra gamers than ever to expertise the sport in a fashion that’s comfy for them. For extra opinions, try our sister website Metacritic to see what different websites needed to say.
- Game: The Last of Us Part II
- Platforms: PS4
- Developer: Naughty Dog
- Release date: June 19
- Price: $60 / £50 / $68 AUD
GameSpot – 8/10
“By the time I finished The Last of Us Part II, I wasn’t sure if I liked it. It’s a hard game to stomach, in part because so much of who Ellie is and what she does is beyond your control. She is deeply complicated and flawed, and her selfishness hurts a lot of people. At times, the pain you inflict feels so senseless that it can leave you numb. It’s all messy and bleak and made me profoundly sad for myriad reasons, but the more I reflect on it, the more I appreciate the story and characters at its core. I wanted almost none of it to happen the way it did, and that’s what’s both beautiful and devastating about it.” – Kallie Plagge [Full review]
Game Informer – 10/10
“I can rave about the attention to detail, the world, and the combat, but the story is where The Last of Us Part II sets a new bar. It is more about challenging your heart than your reflexes, and I simply cannot recommend it enough. There is much to be said about this game that can’t be said here due to spoilers, but you should play it as soon as you can with as little info as possible. But you don’t need to know specifics to appreciate how the gameplay and environmental cues all play into a single purpose: They make you feel the choices, helplessness, and the violence at the heart of this world and its characters. I can safely say this is the best narrative game I have played. I felt the loss. I felt the confusion. It is a game that turned me inside out with each twist of the screw.” – Andy McNamara [Full review]
IGN – 10/10
“The Last of Us Part 2 is a masterpiece worthy of its predecessor. Taking strides forward in nearly every way, Ellie steps into the spotlight and carries the sequel in a manner that feels like the culmination of everything that’s made Naughty Dog’s blockbuster storytelling so memorable since the original Uncharted on the PlayStation 3. It delivers a layered, emotionally shattering story on top of stealth and action gameplay that improves the first game’s mechanics while integrating a bit more of Uncharted’s greater mobility and action. But while Part 2 is a thrilling adventure, it still makes time for a stunning, nuanced exploration of the strength and fragility of the human spirit. The PlayStation 4 has one of its best exclusives in one of the generation’s best games.” – Jonathon Dornbush [Full review]
Gamesradar+ – 5/5
“The Last of Us Part 2 not only justifies its existence as a sequel most didn’t think was necessary, supplementing and elevating the timeless qualities of its predecessor, but stands confidently apart as an entirely different beast, one bearing its own fangs that bite with just as much force. The lasting achievement is nothing short of extraordinary, and a game we’ll be looking back on for decades to come.” – Alex Avard [Full review]
USGamer – 4.5/5
“It largely regains its momentum in the final quarter or so, with a finale that’s as intense as anything I’ve experienced in a video game. When all was said and done, I was left feeling emotionally spent, uncertain whether I ever wanted to play a hypothetical The Last of Us Part 3. Together, The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2 tell one complete story; the first game being action, the sequel being reaction. It may not be the the ending that many fans want, but it feels like this story is finished. It’s one I won’t soon forget.” – Kat Bailey [Full review]
Destructoid – 8.5/10
“Like the original Last of Us, some people are going to come away underwhelmed, but the story beats and the characters driving them are the main draw. Part II doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it gives us a lasting glimpse of a unique broken world full of broken people that’s worth visiting time and time again.” – Chris Carter [Full review]
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