Since its original release in 2013, ‘The Last of Us’ has been critically acclaimed. Whether due to the wonderful work that the video game developers have done in the last decade or the most recent work by HBO in the case of the series, the opinion of experts, players and viewers has generally been in favor of the franchise.
‘The Last of Us’ has long enjoyed a halo of prestige that possibly many other players in this industry wanted.
Creating such a successful product is not easy, but with the story of Joel and Ellie they had finally done it. That good reputation, however, has just been eclipsed with the launch of the title for PC.
Wave of negative reviews on Steam
When we found out in the middle of last year that the PlayStation exclusive would end up having its own version for computers, many of us were excited. Not only for the fact of being able to play the remake of the initial title on a platform other than a video game console, but also for the technical improvements that it promised.
The official description of ‘The Last of Us Part I’ for PC invited us to enjoy “a total revision of the original experience , faithfully reproduced but incorporating modernized gameplay, improved controls and expanded accessibility options. In addition, you will feel immersed with the improvements in effects, exploration and combat. The expectation, for lovers of the franchise, was very high.
After a slight delay, whose reasons were related to polishing the game, it finally landed on Steam . The fact that Naughty Dog had to port to a new platform for this title invited us to be benevolent. Would they dare to launch ‘The Last of Us’ without being completely ready? Everything seemed to indicate that the wait would end up being worth it.
A bad reception of The Last of Us Part I on Steam
Something unexpected, mainly for those who expected a masterpiece like the previous ones, is happening with the remake of the video game for PC. ‘The Last of Us Part I’ has arrived on Steam about 24 hours ago and many players are not happy. At the time of writing this article, 67% of user reviews on Valve’s platform are negative, an unusual scenario for the franchise.
The complaints of the players are the most varied, but in general lines revolve around the following points. On the one hand, performance problems. Even those who claim to have powerful hardware (here the requirements), see how the title puts too much pressure on the GPU and the GPU, which translates into lower-than-expected performance.
They also warn that it freezes repeatedly and in random places , a problem that directly affects the gameplay experience since it does not allow you to maintain a constant game thread. There are also reports that the shader build is wreaking havoc by taking too long to complete.
Criticism about The Last of Us Part I
The criticisms have not gone unnoticed at Naughty Dog , a study that has published a statement on Twitter to try to calm the waters. “The Last of Us Part I PC players: We have heard your concerns and our team is actively investigating various issues that you have reported,” the studio said yesterday afternoon.
They warned, however, that they will continue to update it, but they will prioritize updates and address the issues in subsequent patches. Unfortunately, as of now, we don’t have an update schedule, but technically the game should improve over time to offer a more decent experience on PC.
In any case, Naughty Dog has a double challenge: to repair the game effectively so as not to damage its image. If we stick to the work that the study has done with ‘The Last of US’ on consoles, the scores on Metacritic between 88 and 95, that is, extraordinarily good values. How much will this PC remake score? We will know soon.
- ‘The Last of Us’ for PS3 . Metacritic Score: 95
- ‘The Last of Us: Behind’ for PS3 . Metacritic Score: 88
- ‘The Last of Us Remastered’ for PS4 . Metacritic Score: 95
- ‘The Last of Us Part II’ for PS4 . Metacritic Score: 93
- ‘The Last of Us Part I’ for PS5. Metacritic Score: 88