PS4 The Last of Us

Last updated date: August 9, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 196 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 The Last of Us placed 6th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best Cool Game for a detailed review of all the top cool games.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
5,545 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Another notable change from PS3 to PS4 is, as you might expect, the controller. Naughty Dog knew the weaknesses of the DualShock 3’s terrible triggers, which explains why aiming and shooting was unconventionally mapped to R1 and L1.
- IGN
July 28, 2014 | Full review
Yes, The Last Of Us does have a competitive online component, and it’s far from the hastily cobbled together addition some might expect.
- Games Radar
July 28, 2014 | Full review
This is exactly what we want from a Remastered edition. It doesn’t transform the game or throw in a mass of gimmicky bonus features that exploit the new console or its controller (there’s some use of the DualShock 4’s speaker, but it’s pretty subtle).
- Trusted Reviews
July 30, 2014 | Full review
There's a melancholy beauty to the game's world that seeps into your heart in these quieter moments.
- GameSpot
October 15, 2014 | Full review
And the Californian company maintains this competence in multiplayer, where the experience also surprisingly shines.
- Push Square
August 3, 2014 | Full review
One particularly memorable bit sees Ellie, Joel and two other companions wandering through houses outside of Pittsburgh, slowly getting to know one another while scrounging for supplies.
- Kotaku
July 29, 2014 | Full review
Bring one of the best games of last generation to the PlayStation 4, with vastly improved visuals and previously released DLC content
- Game Informer
July 27, 2014 | Full review
The Last of Us succeeds not at what overzealous fans want it to be, but at what it actually aims to be: an elegiac parable of what it means to live versus surviving in the near-post-apocalypse that doesn’t work its way under the player’s skin to unnerve, but simply reside and haunt.
- Slant Magazine
August 17, 2014 | Full review
Technically speaking, The Last of Us is still one of the more incredible feats of engineering given how beautiful its animations, textures, and sound design come together.
- Game Revolution
August 1, 2014 | Full review
The graphics are impeccable and seem to tap into the PlayStation 4’s visual power, delivering pristine visuals at a fluid 60 frames-per-second.
- VR World
August 31, 2014 | Full review
The Last Of Us splits its story into 4 distinct seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. This works to break the story into manageable chunks and gives a believable excuse for changing the aesthetic and feel of the world as you progress.
- The Review Geek
What experts didn't like
The steep learning curve early on
- Games Radar
July 28, 2014 | Full review
The visual upgrades are more modest than you might expect, but the extra definition and detail and the enhanced effects make The Last of Us even more stunning and richly cinematic, while the steady frame rate improves the gameplay.
- Trusted Reviews
July 30, 2014 | Full review
But then there are moments in which your companions' behavior creates the feeling that you're not alone on this journey, such as when Ellie comes to your rescue by stabbing your assailant in the back.
- GameSpot
October 15, 2014 | Full review
The Last of Us often feels like a crystallization of the big-budget, Hollywood-style video game.
- Kotaku
July 29, 2014 | Full review
Not a "relaxing" game
- Game Revolution
August 1, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards, The Last of Us has been rebuilt for the PlayStation 4 system. Now featuring full 1080p, higher resolution character models, improved shadows and lighting, in addition to several other gameplay improvements. 20 years after a pandemic has radically changed known civilization, infected humans run wild and survivors are killing each other for food, weapons; whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a violent survivor, is hired to smuggle a 14 year-old girl, Ellie, out of an oppressive military quarantine zone, but what starts as a small job soon transforms into a brutal journey across the U.S. The Last of Us Remastered includes the Abandoned Territories Map Pack, Reclaimed Territories Map Pack, and the critically acclaimed The Last of Us: Left Behind Single Player campaign that combines themes of survival, loyalty, and love with tense, survival-action gameplay.

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 9
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Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
3. PS4 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 33
4. PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 34
5. PS4 Horizon Zero Dawn
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 12
6. PS4 The Last of Us
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 11
7. Red Dead Redemption 2
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 34
8. Grand Theft Auto 5
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 19
9. NBA 2K19
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 24

An Overview On Cool Games

Gamers are familiar with all the games on the market. But the same games can get old after a while. Whether you’re looking to ramp up your library or you’re a newer gamer, the good news is that there always seems to be something new on the horizon. In many cases, though, that simply means the latest revamp of an old favorite.

The first thing to look at when you’re shopping for new games is the type of console you have. While many games feature versions for each of the most popular console types, you will find some games that feature cross-platform play functionalities. This means that you can play other people, including your friends, who aren’t on the same gaming console you are. If this is important, look for a game that promises that.

When it comes down to it, you’ll choose a game that features the premise that most appeals to you. You may like role-playing games, where you inhabit a character and take on challenges. Then there are sporting games that have you competing with others to reach a particular goal. Games like “Minecraft” are more about creating things, which is a different type of challenge. Whatever type of game you prefer, you can easily find plenty to choose from, no matter which gaming console you own.

Graphics are also important, particularly if you plan to play on a larger screen. Some games put an emphasis on fancy, vivid graphics, while others stick to a more simplistic design. While many games on the market today will satisfy that craving, some are known for slick, detailed graphic design. This not only gives you pleasing visuals while you play, but it can also make you feel more immersed in the experience.

One small factor you may want to consider is the soundtrack that comes with the game you choose. With some games, you get an audio experience that adds to the fun, including a high-quality selection of music. In a game where you’re spending considerable time on a task, like swinging around a city on a spider web, an entertaining soundtrack can make a big difference.

DYWM Fun Fact

The new “Spider-Man” game dates back to 2016, when Marvel announced that Sony and Insomniac Games would be partnering for future “Spider-Man” games. The move signaled a change for Marvel, which had previously tied “Spider-Man” game releases to film releases. Insomniac’s version of the comic book hero was a huge success, having sold 13.2 million copies by July 2019. Sony later bought Insomniac, ending the gaming developer’s 25-year-plus run as an independent. The best news for “Spider-Man” fans out of all of this is that with Sony now owning Insomniac, sequels to the hit game are even more inevitable than they were before. However, it also pretty much guarantees that “Spider-Man” will remain exclusive to Sony PlayStation consoles.

The Cool Game Buying Guide

  • A game’s premise is a large part of what makes it fun. If you’re into sports games, XBOX ONE’s “Rocket League” may be worth checking out. With “Rocket League,” two teams race around arenas with the goal of getting an oversized ball into a goal. Get enough boosts and your car can practically leave the ground.
  • If you’ve been gaming for a while, you’re probably already familiar with “Minecraft.” PS4’s “Minecraft” continues the popular game by giving you more worlds than ever to explore. “Minecraft” has players breaking blocks, digging and building the world they want. It’s a far more sophisticated version of Legos.
  • Role-playing games are especially popular with gamers, and PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” is one of the best. When you play “Assasin’s Creed Odyssey,” you’re a sellsword in war-torn Greece, where Athens and Sparta are at war. One issue with this game is that you may feel it gets a little repetitive over time, especially if you spend a great deal of time each week playing. It has two different gameplay modes to help keep things interesting, and choice is one of the best things about “Assasin’s Creed Odyssey.” You’ll either choose guided or exploration mode from the start, and you’ll be assigned one of two characters, Alexios or Kassandra.
  • You’re probably already familiar with “Spider-Man,” whether through the games, movies or comic books. PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” brings an original plot with all-new adventures to keep things fresh. But one of the most enjoyable parts of this game is swinging around New York City. You’ll probably find that you’re spending more time swinging than playing, at least initially.
  • Today’s gamers put a lot of weight on how well-designed a game is. This is especially true if you’re trying to make the most of your big-screen TV. If graphics are your priority, PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” or PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” might be the best way to go.
  • PS4’s “Minecraft” continues its tradition of simple graphics. In newer versions, however, the traditional block format is used to create an atmosphere that includes fun forests, mountains and deserts.
  • If you prefer group gameplay, you’ll like the options with XBOX ONE’s “Rocket League.” You can play one-on-one or in teams of four.
  • PS4’s “Minecraft” includes an extra called a builder toy. This lets you customize your gameplay, including flying and turning off monster damage. This will be a welcome feature if you eventually tire of playing the same game over and over.
  • PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” is a prime example of how a strong soundtrack can enhance your gaming experience. While you’re enjoying the thrill of swinging around New York City, you’ll get one of the best soundtracks found in gaming.
  • Although the music in PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” stands out, the voice acting is what makes this game unique.
  • Whether you’re new to gaming or you just need a guide through your game, PS4’s “Minecraft” doesn’t disappoint. Simply launch the tutorial and it will help you get started. This is also great for those parents who want to acquaint themselves with the ins and outs of “Minecraft” before letting their children play.
  • PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” also provides ease of use. The controls, menus and interface all make for a great gaming experience.