Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 has broken several sales records, becoming the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive in the UK despite mixed fan reception. The game was massively hyped amongst fans and despite the leaks, it seems like more than enough people are still interested in playing the game. As GamesIndustry notes, according to GFK charts, the sequel to 2013’s smash hit has seen 76% higher sales numbers.
The game has beaten Uncharted 4’s sales by a narrow margin, becoming the PS4’s biggest launch title ever. We’re still waiting to get more numbers for other regions, but suffice it to say that the game is a roaring success, at least where numbers are concerned.
However, despite its sales performance, The Last of Us Part II has seen its fair share of controversy. From the leaks in April to being banned in the Middle East, to being review bombed by players, the game has been sitting on top of trending tabs for months. It seems that just like any other big-budget AAA release, the online complaints only make up a small part of the audience. Look no further than FIFA or Call of Duty, franchises which if you look up online attract a ton of criticism every year. However, we all know that those games tend to reach the top of the sales charts at the same time.
Another interesting thing to note is that the game has sold more physical copies than expected – so fans wondering whether digital-only consoles like the alternate PS5 SKU will fly off the shelves can rest easy for now.
I’ve just recently completed the game, and while I’m preparing my review, I should add that most of the outrage seems superficial. The game was almost universally praised by critics for its complex and risky storytelling, compounded by the extremely violent world that the characters inhabit in it. That second part is important, as it too drew a ton of controversy during its marketing at previous E3 conventions.
Regarding the high scores, many reviewers/content creators (Alanah Pearce, ACG) have come out stating the obvious – Reviews are subjective and reflect the individual opinion of the reviewers. Of course, when it comes to the internet, many fans won’t/can’t accept that answer, thus beginning the mass downvoting.
The Last of Us Part II is out now for PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles. You can also play the first game on PC, although that will require some work. We expect an enhanced PS5 remaster soon after than console comes out.