The game has finally come to PC, although its launch was overshadowed by numerous technical issues.
After nearly a decade since its initial release on PlayStation 3, The Last of Us Part I has finally arrived on PC.
For those unfamiliar with the game, The Last of Us takes place in the post-apocalyptic United States, ravaged by a virus outbreak called cordyceps that transforms people into zombie-like creatures.
The game's plot follows the journey of Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl named Ellie to the Fireflies, a revolutionary militia group. They seek to use Ellie's unique immunity to the virus to create a cure.
Originally released in 2013 for the PS3 by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us quickly became a critical and commercial success, earning numerous accolades and over two hundred awards in the Game of the Year category.
The Last of Us Part I, originally released on PS5, can now be played on PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. This version promises a completely revamped graphic design, updated gameplay mechanics, and additional customizable settings.
Unfortunately, Part I's PC launch didn't go as smoothly as it was probably planned. The game has received a rather cool reception from the player community – at the time of writing, only 33% of reviews on Steam are positive.
Based on players' comments, it appears that the TLoU port is experiencing optimization issues. Many gamers are reporting frequent crashes, freezes, and extremely long shader compilation times that can last up to two hours.
Still, despite facing technical issues and receiving negative feedback from players, The Last of Us Part I managed to become the fourth biggest PlayStation release on Valve's storefront. At its peak, the game had 36,496 concurrent players, trailing behind only God of War (73,529 players), Marvel's Spider-Man (66,436 players), and Horizon Zero Dawn (56,557 players).