The Last Of Us: Remastered is the Best-Rated Game of 2014

The PS3 game that won everyone's hearts is now a PS4 game that wins everyone's hearts.

The PS3 game that won everyone’s hearts is now a PS4 game that wins everyone’s hearts.

It has been one of the hottest topics of discussion in 2014, so perhaps it’s fitting that The Last Of Us: Remastered continues to be a point of interest even after it’s released.

For our part, the most notable aspect of this entire situation is simple: An upgraded PS3 game from 2013 is now the highest-rated game of 2014, and let’s not forget that we’ve seen not one, but two new console launches since TLoU launched. The Remastered edition currently holds a Metascore of 94, just one shy of the original’s 95.

There are a number of ways to interpret that performance: On the one hand, one could say critics aren’t quite as enamored this time around, simply because an updated version of a 95 game hasn’t scored higher. Then again, we’ve observed in the past that many critics don’t even believe in the concept of the perfect score and as such, can’t bring themselves to award any game a 10.

The game just keeps wowing people, despite a new generation being upon us.

The game just keeps wowing people, despite a new generation being upon us.

But that 94 average is telling because thus far in 2014, no game – including next-gen exclusives – has managed to even come close. In fact, only two games can claim to have broken the elite 90+ plateau according to Metacritic and GameRankings (Dark Souls II and Rayman Legends), and only one of those is a true 2014 release. And no, it’s not available on the new systems, either.

The statistics seem clear: In over a year, nothing has come out that has managed to rival Naughty Dog’s masterful production. Even the new systems haven’t managed to produce something more impressive. Now, it could simply be that TLoU is a singular experience; the type of game that doesn’t come around very often. That’s definitely a point. At the same time, let’s also not forget that over a year later, competition should – theoretically – be stiffer, thereby causing the Remastered edition to sink in the eyes of critics.

But that didn’t happen. It didn’t happen because there really isn’t much competition out there, and that’s that. Perhaps the question now is, will The Last Of Us: Remastered end up outscoring every game released in 2014? If that Metascore of 94 holds, we figure there’s a darn good chance.

5 thoughts on “The Last Of Us: Remastered is the Best-Rated Game of 2014”

Well, duh. This year hasn’t been all that impressive and to be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with last holiday season, either.

I mean, the launches for both systems were better than I expected (lots of great games for both, even if most were multiplatform). But I just didn’t fall in love with any of them.

It deserves to be the best-rated game of the year, because it’s still the best game out there.

Simple. 🙂

Couldn’t be simpler. 😀

It’s not strange at all. I expected this and I think everyone else did, too. It’s just a little disappointing that the new consoles haven’t given us anything that’s even in the same league as TLoU.

I expect we won’t see anything that good until Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Because Naughty Dog is GOD. 😀

Yup, and well-deserved too.

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