Well, that's at least debatable and based on my recollection of the game from when I played it 6 years ago, I wouldn't argue that it was bringing anything new to the table. But that TLOU doesn't get praised for it's gameplay, by critics or fans? Less so. Just for the record, it wasn't my favourite, but I thought it was above average gameplay wise, and a great game overall.
Exactly. Above average gameplay, which was the point he was trying to make.
Feel free to go check the Final Fantasy XIII metacritic page, and the first mention of gameplay from a critic was: "...and the battle system strikes an elegant balance between strategy and fast-paced action." A couple reviews down, another critic starts with: "Square Enix has brought some RPG elements to the forefront, while putting some away in the back. This might offend some gamers, but with a mix of tactics, a deep battle system and action-filled battles Final Fantasy XIII will entice plenty of players."
The first user review on the page: "...entertaining battle system, and DIFFICULTY. Every role is vital, and strategies are key for some battles."
While you're technically correct you could go to an aggregate site and find critics or fans praising the gameplay, I don't know what you're trying to add by being that pedantic, especially when here you are now basically agreeing with the general sentiment; The Last of Us isn't a game people remember for it's gameplay, because it's not that great.