The Last Of Us TV show is a massive critical hit
The 2013 PlayStation 3 title, Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,” broke ground as a video game that looked more like a prestige TV show or film than just about any other game before it.
The TV show adaptation of the game by HBO starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie has been released after nearly a decade after the first game’s release, and has garnered a widely positive reception from critics as the first wave of reviews go live just days ahead of the show’s debut.
“HBO’s zombie thriller will change the way these stories are told on screen in the same way that 2013’s game of the same name did in the gaming world.” says Digital Spy.
Empire praises the show describing it as a “masterpiece” and awarding the show with 5 stars and further ending their review with “Comfortably the best adaptation of a video-game ever made”.
Variety’s review marks the show as “promising, moving zombie saga”, stating that there’s potential that The Last of Us “winds up among television’s best” if future seasons explore more of the wider world.
Majority of the viewers who’ve played through The Last of Us video game will notice how many changes the show brings to Ellie and Joel’s journey. The TV adaptation is noted as being extremely faithful to the source material while expanding upon or separating from it at the same time.
The Last of Us TV series was produced by Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin alongside Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann. The influence of the show looks likely to feed back into the gaming landscape.