Last of Us PC Port is being Review Bombed

The PC version of The Last of Us Part I is being heavily criticized by gamers on Steam due to various performance issues. The highly acclaimed game was recently released by Iron Galaxy on March 28, 2023. However, the PC port is experiencing various issues ranging from optimization problems to game crashes that have left the game unplayable for some gamers.


The Last of Us Part I for PC is a remake of the 2013 action-adventure game that was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game follows Joel, a smuggler with the mission of escorting a teenage girl named Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States. The second installment, The Last of Us Part II, won Game of the Year at the 2020 Game Awards and spawned an HBO TV series, which had the second-largest premiere audience for any HBO series, after House of the Dragon.

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Fans of The Last of Us had high expectations for the PC port of the game’s first installment. However, the port’s poor optimization, numerous performance issues, and crashes have left many gamers disappointed. Since the release, there has been an influx of negative reviews on Steam, and at present, there are over three-thousand reviews in total. The overflow of negative reviews has resulted in the overall status of The Last of Us Part I rated as “mostly negative.”

According to player reports, The Last of Us Part I PC port has several issues, such as poor hardware utilization, stuttering mouse camera movement, missing essential setting toggles, and a general lack of optimization. Furthermore, some players have faced frequent crashes, making the game unplayable for many. A player went so far as to describe their experience as “the absolute worst PC port” they had ever encountered, while another urged fellow gamers not to purchase the game, saying, “Please do not waste your money on this.” Many reviews have mentioned high CPU and VRAM usage, resulting in unsatisfactory performance even on high-end hardware.

Following the recent PC release of The Last of Us Part I, gamers are even more disappointed with the negative reviews due to the fact that Sony, a company known for its commitment to quality gaming experiences, owns Nixxes, a highly regarded PC porting team renowned for their exceptional work. In light of this, many gaming enthusiasts have questioned Sony’s decision to choose Iron Galaxy for such a critical project rather than leveraging the expertise of their in-house team at Nixxes. This decision has been perceived as a missed opportunity to showcase the capabilities of Nixxes and to deliver a game that meets the high standards of Sony’s loyal fanbase.

Given the significantly negative response, it is unclear whether Iron Galaxy and Naughty Dog will address the performance issues and provide a fulfilling gaming experience for PC players of The Last of Us Part I. Until the issues are resolved, many reviews encouraged others to exercise caution before buying the game, as many users have chosen to request refunds due to ongoing problems.

The Last of Us Part 1 is available now on PS5 and PC.

Source: Steam

Source: Gamerant

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