Companies are constantly conducting internal reviews of their competitors’ products – we seldom can we actually read them. However, the ongoing litigation between Apple and Epic Games exposes all kinds of industry secrets – like this Microsoft review of The Last of Us: Part II. Written by some of the Xbox Portfolio team, this is presented much like the kind of review you’ve read in a magazine – or even further Press square!
In general, the staff really enjoyed the game, describing it as the type of experience narrative game developers “want to achieve with their character dialogue, presentation and voice acting”. However, it is you extremely critical of the fight: “Naughty Dog still cannot conduct a decent exchange of fire any of their games, and this is no exception. Thankfully, it fits the theme of the game and pushes the player to use stealth head-on. “
The review went on to complain about the weapon swap system before finding that “not every team has the talent or money to produce [a game like it]”. We disagree with the complaints about the fight, to be honest – pound for pound, We’d say it’s the most vibrant third-person shooter out there the PS4 era – but it all comes down to personal preference, we guess. We wonder what those same employees will think of the title’s upcoming multiplayer spin-off.
In other news, a similar document shows that at one point Microsoft was considering lowering its license fees for selling Xbox software – though in a statement it indicated so The edgeA spokesman said “the revenue breakdown for console publishers will not be updated”. Recently, adjustments have been made to titles being sold on the PC storefront, although Windows is obviously a different environment where multiple competitors exist within the same ecosystem.