The Last of Us Part 2 may be controversial here in our little internet bubbles, but for the millions that have played it, the result appears to have been an engaging story that has drawn more completion than a huge host of other PS4 games.
I want to give full credit to Nicolo Manoloto at Ungeek for discovering this, as I wouldn’t have thought to check, but the results are undeniably impressive. The Last of Us Part 2 is rocking a 58% completion rate, judging by the last trophy you get for completing the story, which is how you get this kind of data.
Only 58%? That sounds low, right? Well, you are dramatically overestimating how many people actually finish video games they buy. The number is much, much lower than you might imagine, and for TLOU 2 with its 25+ hour story, that’s actually really impressive, and even more so when you compare it to pretty much all the other major releases on PS4.
Here’s the data via Ungeek for the completion rates of other major games on PS4, and I added one or two myself:
- The Last of Us Part 2 – 58%
- Final Fantasy VII Remake – 53.3%
- God of War – 51.8%
- Marvel’s Spider-Man – 50.7%
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 50.3%
- Detroit: Become Human – 49%
- Ghost of Tsushima – 38.2%
- Horizon Zero Dawn – 34.5%
- Days Gone – 34%
- Bloodborne – 31.9%
- Death Stranding – 29.3%
- Red Dead Redemption II – 28.6%
- The Witcher 3 – 26%
I mean, wow. That’s a pretty significant jump over every other game on the list. I figured God of War and Spider-Man would both be high, given how story driven they are, and I’m a little surprised to see FFVII at number two, given that there are more installments of that still to come.
For as much praise as games like Ghost of Tsushima and Horizon Zero Dawn have gotten, they are much lower at below 40% for both. As for Red Dead Redemption? 28% actually seems rather high given how massive that game was and how easy it was to get distracted by side missions.
I think TLOU Part 2 being so high here is based on two main factors:
1) The story is obviously engaging. For all the complaints about switching from Ellie to Abby and back again, clearly players were driven to keep going forward to see how this all worked out in the end. The game only gets more interesting as time goes on, and despite its length, rarely feels like it stalls. The final mission is probably the most tense in the whole game, and everyone should experience it.
2) Unlike many of the other games on this list, there are no real “distractions” in The Last of Us Part 2. Yes, I suppose there are little collectibles here and there, but generally speaking it’s a pretty linear story, and you’re not off doing side missions like in Tsushima or Red Dead, nor are you secret hunting like God of War. It’s a pretty straight arrow from start to finish, and combined with point one, you get a very high completion rate.
I love to see so many players beating the game as you really do have to finish the story to get a complete picture, and stopping midway through is a recipe to not appreciate the grand picture Naughty Dog was painting between Ellie, Abby and Joel. If there’s another higher percentage completed game that was missed on this list, I’d love to see it, but for “major” releases, TLOU 2 seems to be on top.