Today the embargo for reviews of The Last of Us Remastered was lifted, and the debut day seems to be definitely positive for Naughty Dog’s latest labor of love. At the moment of this writing it’s sitting on a Metacritic average of 95 with eight perfect scores and only one review under 9, GameSpot’s 8.
That puts it at the very top of this year’s ranking. Interestingly the only game on the same level is the iOS version of Terry Cavanagh’s indie title VVVVVV. The second highest ranked console title is Shovel Knight for 3DS wiuth 93, followed closely by Dark Souls II for Xbox 360 with 92.
Interestingly, 95 is also the Metacritic average The Last of Us had last year, but of course we’ll have to wait a few more days to see if it’ll go up or down, as more reviews fall into place, but as far as the debut day went, we can definitely say “so far so good.”
In 2013 The Last of Us was pushed off the throne by a relatively narrow margin by both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Grand Theft Auto V, scoring an outstanding 97. GTAV will return to threaten the rival this year with its own “remaster” for PS4, PC and Xbox One.
It’ll definitely be interesting to see if history will repeat.