The embargo for The Last of Us Part II reviews lifted earlier today.
The response is overwhelmingly high across the board, peppered with a raft of perfect scores.
We’ve compiled a spoiler-free round-up of reviews from a selection of the gaming media.
The Last of Us Part II reviews are in. And, if the slew of flawless scores stands as any measure what will greet players, the confidence exuded by Sony with an embargo lift a week ahead of launch was warranted.
There seems little disagreement among the gaming press that Naughty Dog’s effort is a must-play, a seminal entry in the annals of video game history. Yet, it’s an experience that will sit uncomfortably with many for its no-holds-barred exploration of human imperfection in a world beset by wanton violence.
Many seem torn between the compelling, carefully woven narrative beats we’ve come to expect from Naughty Dog and a profoundly visceral experience that leaves the player emotionally drained. But, the consensus is that this is one that needs to be played.
All this is wrapped in a stellar graphical package alongside astounding mechanics that elevate the gameplay of the original – a fitting farewell to the PlayStation 4 era.
Here’s a spoiler-free round-up of The Last of Us Part II reviews from a selection of gaming outlets.
The Last of Us Part II Review Round-Up
Press Start Australia – 9.5/10
The Last of Us Part II is a spectacular sequel, it’s a brave and unexpected direction for the series, expanding on the world both narratively and mechanically, producing a far sounder and rounded experience that never falters or gets in the way of the game’s clear storytelling strength.
US Gamer – 4.5/5
The Last of Us Part 2 is an outstanding action game; a darker, more introspective follow-up that seeks to challenge the conventions of big-budget action games. In this it’s not always successful, but its execution is impeccable, and its story proves an appropriate bookend to the story of Joel and Ellie. In short, it’s some of Naughty Dog’s best work.