The Last of Us: first review heaps praise on Naughty Dog’s PS3 swansong

Friday, 31st May 2013 10:04 GMT By Dave Cook

The Last of Us reviews aren’t due yet, but movie mag Empire published its own appraisal of Naughty Dog’s PS3 farewell this morning. The article has since been pulled but not before the internet got its grubby paws all over it.

The 5/5 review was found here before it was nuked, but Videogamer has handily posted the best bits.

It’s an “easy contender for the best game of this console generation”, they said, and added, “The Last of Us is not just the finest game that Naughty Dog has yet crafted and an easy contender for the best game of this console generation, it may also prove to be gaming’s Citizen Kane moment, a masterpiece that will be looked back upon favourably for decades.”

Hot damn.

The Videogamer article kindly reminds readers that The Last of US demo that was bundle with God of War: Ascension will go live later today, but as you can see in my hands-on with it, you shouldn’t let it give you the full picture of the game. I personally thought it was weak.

But be sure to let us know what you think later today.

The Last of Us hits PS3 worldwide on June 14.



  1. Iliad

    Definitely waiting on all the reviews for this one.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    The full review is here:

    Apparently we’re also expecting MP details sometime today.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TrickyAudio


    #3 2 years ago
  4. KAP

    I’ve also heard it has one of the best openings to a game ever too…

    E3, Man Of Steel AND Last Of Us…. All in the same week! Damn!!!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Beta

    Nobody could be surprised by this :D

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Edo

    You guys might want to delete that post #6.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Beta

    @6 Shut up you cretinous little man.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 Thanks man, done.

    What an idiotic thing to do @6

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    ^ I hope he’s getting more than just an edited post for that…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @10 I’ll have words.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    Ohhh, my eyes are burning…. saw spoilers.
    Still… saw them :(

    #6 Smells like alt account of some banned guy, any guesses? :D

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dragon246

    Yup. Definitely an alt account.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Beta

    How childish can you be sir? I don’t give a shit about spoilers since I’m going to enjoy it anyway. :)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Lengendaryboss

    @11 He has done it again!
    I guessing it was spoiler good thing i was sleeping, um lets see the multiplayer did not seem to bring the review down so i guess that dispels my fears of it being a flop but then again ND at the helm should have dispeled my fears. Supreme Greatness awaits when i pick it up June 14.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. viralshag

    What a cock.

    As I no longer have a PS3 I will most likely miss out on this one. I am a little surprised as from what I have seen didn’t impress me that much but if I did have a PS3, it seems like one that would be worth trying.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Beta


    #16 2 years ago
  17. Christopher Jack


    Dave, do your stuff.
    Frankly, intentional spoilers should be an immediate ban as they WILL repeat. If it’s a longtime viewer typing before thinking they may deserve 1 chance but I’ve never seen this guy post before, just ban him so I don’t glance at it again.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Beta

    I can have fun playing to see if what he posted was legit ;)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. woe

    Empire also gave LEGO: LOTR five stars, so take it with a grain of salt.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. bitsnark

    Got my copy all preordered!

    Loving all the good buzz surrounding this game and its the perfect way to cap off E3 week too!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    So the reviews go live next week according to one site, who has the pleasure of writing their impressions?
    @Woe different people, different opinions your right in a way more people needed to make judgements.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Edo

    What a sad pathetic creature,I will not play this game since I don’t own a PS3 but I hope he din’t ruin the game for those who do.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Beta

    Sigh.. just ban it please.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    Fucking ban it now. Block its IP too if you can.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Dave Cook

    @26 I can’t, I’m asking Pat to get it done but he’s not around.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. zinc

    Erm, are they spoilers though?

    I mean, who’s played it through? Guy could be talking utter shite :)

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Beta

    Wake up Pat! :P

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Lengendaryboss

    The boss has the power while the employees have different sets of powers, strange.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    @33 You poor sad troll, no one wants you.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Gekidami

    Pat doesnt want dedicated mods, fair enough. But i’ve always been baffled as to why he doesnt let the news editors ban people. This has happened before, if i recall correctly too.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Beta

    I’d offer a rebuttal. But frankly why waste the oxygen. :)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. redwood

    can’t wait.. can’t wait

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Sini

    wii u GOTY candidate destroyed.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Dave Cook

    @36 No sorry. I can’t ban you, but Pat can. We’re speaking once he returns.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Samoan Spider

    A proper shame I don’t have a PS3 as this looks fantastic. Might need to arrange to borrow one for this.

    What a sad, pathetic little troll. Bye :)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Night Hunter

    It’s an “easy contender for the best game of this console generation”, they said, and added, “The Last of Us is not just the finest game that Naughty Dog has yet crafted and an easy contender for the best game of this console generation, it may also prove to be gaming’s Citizen Kane moment, a masterpiece that will be looked back upon favourably for decades.”

    Dat hyperbole …


    #36 2 years ago
  37. Beta

    All day? Are you unemployed or a child on holiday from school?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Dave Cook

    @44 That’s me talking :P

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Samoan Spider

    Aw, gone already? It was actually quite fun to watch :D

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve unapproved all his comments, deleted his account and blocked his IP. No spoilers.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Beta

    Haha sorry Dave :D

    #41 2 years ago
  42. viralshag

    Pat Garratt, God of Gods, has spoken…

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Irani

    Shame to Naughty Dog , They are American Company and Why Work For Sony? For Enemy? Naughty Dog Is Home sales and Traitor.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Lengendaryboss

    This isn’t a war :) Which is what you make it sound.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Coheno

    Please stop Citizen Kane’ing my vidjagames, kthxbye!

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Samoan Spider

    @43 And you do realise that Japan are an incredibly strong ally of the US thought right?

    #46 2 years ago
  47. povu

    The first ‘leaked’ review is always very positive.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. mistermogul

    Anyone think this will come to the PS4?

    #48 2 years ago
  49. redwood

    @43 are you high or something?

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Joe Musashi

    @19 – Don’t be dissing Lego LOTR, that shit was tight!

    Oh, also..


    #50 2 years ago
  51. polygem

    still not hyped yet. i should be. what´s wrong with me?
    i mean i have a ps3 and all that.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Lengendaryboss

    Could it be your hyped for something else, GTA V, Battlefield, COD etc etc.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. polygem

    now that you name it, no :(

    not really

    i liked the deep down gameplay a lot and knack too, i play dark souls atm, love it and cannot wait for dark souls 2 (want to finsih the original first though – will take a while).

    was hyped for destiny like crazy when we first heard about some bits and pieces here and there 1,5 years ago but that has faded as well….so what´s wrong with me doc? what is it? how much time do i have left as a gamer?

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Lengendaryboss

    You will pull through as long as you put your priorities straight :D

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Moonwalker1982

    Could it be that the article on this site nog so long ago, about a rather average demo, was just that? An average demo but full game is fabulous?

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Beta

    Some other sites were also full of praise for that demo though. :)

    #56 2 years ago
  57. polygem

    @Moon: it´s just news about the first review of the game which happnes to be extremely positive. no personal opinion of the author here just news, the demo piece was a hands on opinion though…but yeah, i played plenty of bad demos and thought the full game was great or vice versa.

    @Legendary: thanks for the cure. will try doing that.

    #57 2 years ago
  58. polygem

    btw…is the demo available for everyone now on psn?

    ok read first post later, will go live later today. cool!

    #58 2 years ago
  59. Beta

    Got the countdown up now 3 hours 40 mins.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. Moonwalker1982


    The playable demo will go live for everybody today?

    Ah shit…only if you have Gow.

    #60 2 years ago
  61. Hcw87

    No, only those with God of War Ascension can play it today. I’d rather wait even if i had GoW, release is close anway, and i got a week off for it.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. Moonwalker1982

    Has the multiplayer even been detailed yet?

    #62 2 years ago
  63. Lengendaryboss

    No. Details are a few days away.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. tmac2011

    im really excited for this gazme, hoping multiplayer is good. @51 you dont have to be hyped for every single game, like im hyped really hyped for GTAV i got standard and collectors edition preordered. Last of us looks awesome and really detailed.

    #64 2 years ago
  65. No_PUDding

    To be fair Dave, you thought it was a weak demo, but even said you can’t judge it as it’s an excerpt of a larger piece.

    #65 2 years ago
  66. Clupula

    @43 – My god, he acts like Naughty Dog are working for an Iranian company or something.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. bitsnark


    Is that right? I thought the countdown hadn’t ended yet.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. Ireland Michael

    @51 For me its a weird sense of déjà vu every time I see videos. I feel like I’m looking at Uncharted with a twist. Everything about the design and camera and movement feels almost exactly like it.

    I’m sure the game will be fun, but this is probably going to be a rental for me, not a purchase,

    #68 2 years ago
  69. Beta

    @67 The countdown hasn’t ended. There’s about 1 hour 45 mins left.

    #69 2 years ago
  70. Erthazus

    I preordered this thing already. Can’t wait to be honest.

    I wanted a Limited edition, but I don’t want ELLIE EDITION CRAP with STICKERS FOR PS3 CONTROLLER!

    * R A G E *

    #70 2 years ago
  71. TheLastDodo

    Also pre-ordered this, standard edition, just want the soundtrack. Got a few games to finish off first but I’m beyond hyped.

    Naughty Dog haven’t let me down yet, I don’t see TLOU bucking the trend.

    #71 2 years ago
  72. Beta

    I also have it pre ordered :D

    Unfortunately a few of us were potentially spoiled in this thread by some ass wrench, and thanks to Naughty Dog leaving a list of cutscene titles in the demo code. And apparently being stupidly descriptive with them.. But I’m still looking forward to it. :)

    I suggest anyone who is not spoiled avoid any media to do with TLoU.

    #72 2 years ago
  73. TheLastDodo


    Really? What a prick. I’m glad I accidentally slept in this morning now

    Been a vg247 reader for like last three years but only signed up today :)

    #73 2 years ago
  74. Beta

    @73 Unfortunately yeah. Now I have the fun of seeing if the prick was lying or not.

    But fortunately, I can still enjoy the whole story :)

    #74 2 years ago
  75. polygem

    Welcome Dodo!

    #75 2 years ago
  76. xxJPRACERxx

    Who was the asshole?

    #76 2 years ago
  77. Beta

    Some random troll. Never seen his username before. Probably some alt account of a previously banned user..

    #77 2 years ago
  78. polygem

    @Moon: ahh i didn´t get that either i thought the gow exclusive demo thing ended already and today it would be available for everyone…i even had ascension but traded it in. whatever, will check it out later then. no problemo. too busy with other games anyway atm.

    #78 2 years ago
  79. TheLastDodo


    Thanks :)

    #79 2 years ago
  80. falconofstorms

    I was excited for this. Now I’m almost shaking in anticipation.

    #80 2 years ago
  81. CaptPierce

    Glad I didn’t see whatever spoiler there was earlier. That being said, E3 and this will make June all the better for me. Naughty are hands down the most consistent, talented developers out there, and this will be no different. Honestly can’t wait to enjoy this!

    #81 2 years ago

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