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The Last of Us: Remastered Review

by unt1tled

posted August 5, 2014 @ 2:24PM
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The Last of Us was not only the Game of the Year in 2013 at many gaming news outlets, but it was also one of the best games released on the PlayStation 3 period. It's no surprise then that Sony is revisiting the game for the PlayStation 4 with The Last of Us: Remastered, a game that combines one of the best games of the PlayStation 3 with all the horsepower of the PlayStation 4. Why remaster the game, only one year after it's release? Sony claims that many PlayStation 4 owners never owned a PlayStation 3, and the company wants to make sure its crowning achievement gets into the hands of as many gamers as possible. A legitimate reason, and anything that gets us another great game on the PlayStation 4 is only a good thing.

If you've played The Last of Us on PlayStation 3, you'll know what to expect here. The Last of Us: Remastered features the same story, the same characters, the same gameplay, and the same multiplayer as the previous release, and it's still just as great as it was a year ago. We won't spend the time in this review to cover this information, as it's well covered elsewhere. In short, if you've never experienced The Last of Us, buy the remastered version immediately: You won't regret it. Instead, let's focus on what is remastered about The Last of Us: Remastered.
The biggest change is the graphics. The Last of Us: Remastered features a complete overhaul of the graphics engine, including full 1080p resolution, higher resolution character models and upgraded textures, and improved shadows and lighting. This game looks and feels like a true PlayStation 4 game, which is an amazing accomplishment considering it's PlayStation 3 roots. To show off the game's beautiful graphics is Photo Mode, which works the same as the Photo Mode found in InFamous: Second Son. Photo Mode enables you to take a screen shot at any point within the game, from any angle you want, letting you showcase the game's amazing graphics and share them with your friends or on social networking websites.

To give you an insight into what went into making this classic game, a new commentary track is available for the campaign that features writer Neil Druckmann and voice actors Troy Baker (Joel) and Ashley Johnson (Ellie). This commentary is fun to listen to and will give you a whole new appreciation for the game, not to mention give you a reason to replay the single player mode.

Not only is the base game included, but The Last of Us: Remastered also packs in all the previously released downloadable content, including Left Behind. Left Behind has been updated in a similar fashion to the core game and is well worth experiencing, as it's a perfect example of what downloadable content should be.

Multiplayer also returns, as mentioned previously, but the community surrounding the PlayStation 4 version of The Last of Us is much more active than it ever was on the PlayStation 3 version of the game. Perhaps it's because there is a lack of good multiplayer games on the system, or maybe it's the fact the online play feels smoother with less lag? Regardless of the reason, if you were a fan of The Last of Us's multiplayer, you'll find an active community here.

The Last of Us: Remastered is a tough sell for some gamers. At the end of the day, it's just the same game you played in 2013 but with a graphical facelift. For some, the memory of the game is still too vibrant, and this remake will feel like it was too soon. However, The Last of Us: Remastered isn't necessarily for those gamers, but rather the millions that didn't experience the game in the previous generation, and those gamers are in for a treat. The Last of Us was one of the best PlayStation 3 games and likewise, it is one of the best currently released PlayStation 4 games.

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