While The Last of Us 2 fared very well critically among critics (like us), it looks like even Sony’s main rival, Microsoft, reviewed the game as well, and thought highly of it, too.
In an internal Microsoft document called as ‘Executive Portfolio Update’ (which was made public due to the Apple vs. Epic Games lawsuit), Microsoft’s internal review of The Last of Us 2 called it “significantly ahead of anything available on consoles and PC.Here’s an excerpt from the review:
Mind, companies reviewing their competitors’ products is nothing new. Still, it’s nice to see Microsoft acknowledging the game’s excellent quality.The visual quality and attention to detail in The Last of Us Part II is absolutely best-in-class in basically every area, and the overall presentation is significantly ahead of anything that other teams have been producing on console and PC.
We were frequently stunned by the quality of the game’s visuals, something that sadly seldom happens these days. It’s even more impressive considering that the game feature two separate player characters with different groups of allies, in different locations, along with flashback sequences taking place years before. It features a shockingly wide variety of environments, weather, and day cycles in locations ranging from Wyoming to California.
In other The Last of Us 2, the game has garnered over 200 Game of the Year awards to date, which is an amazing feat.