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The Last of Us Remastered Review

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Posted by Sammy Barker

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Success comes with scepticism. From the second that first-party outfit Naughty Dog’s survival horror experiment The Last of Us was compared favourably to cinematic masterpiece Citizen Kane, the release was always going to have to convince a jaded jury of cynics that it was worthy of such watershed acclaim. Its legacy will probably rest a couple of rungs lower than the above example of exaggerated approval, but that it largely eschewed the customary tidal wave of consumer dissatisfaction speaks highly to the quality of the game. Indeed, for some, Joel and Ellie’s platonic romance prompted the revered release to define an entire console generation – a commendable feat considering that it deployed on a format that for seven years refused to be replaced.

It was inevitable, then, that platform holder Sony would mask the PlayStation 4’s sparsely populated exclusives offering with an upgraded iteration of the cross country excursion – after all, this is a property that suddenly finds itself in the esteemed company of Gran Turismo and God of War from a core commercial perspective. In truth, this is a clever case of cunning corporate wit: the Japanese giant knows that it’s managed to strong arm fans of other hardware brands into its ecosystem, and so it’s capitalising on that by giving one of its biggest ever critical success stories a second shot at sales stardom. Alas, away from the evident financial incentives, there’s also an opportunity for this next-gen port to improve upon the accomplishments of its PlayStation 3 predecessor. So, the question is: how has it handled the transition?

Well, if you’re eager to usurp this particular author’s wordy workout, we suppose that the simplest answer to that enquiry is very well. This is not a native PlayStation 4 title, and so it lacks some of the razzmatazz of its more immediate contemporaries; it’s certainly missing the glossy in-game sheen of open world opus inFAMOUS: Second Son and first-person shooter Killzone: Shadow Fall. Still, this dank adventure was no visual slouch on a device that was severely outdated half a decade ago, and so you’re not necessarily going to find yourself bemoaning the odd awkward object or clipping hiccup. In fact, the attention to detail – an attribute which underlined all of the original’s achievements – is amplified here, as texture quality has been improved, and the resolution has been increased to 1080p.

For the layman, that means that you’re going to see every collapsed corridor in much greater clarity than ever before. Don’t think that the polished up presentation is going to take away from the diseased dystopia at the centre of this harrowing plot, however, as enhanced particle effects give the game the dusty sense of decay that makes exploring its residential districts all the more distressing. It’s the perked up framerate that’s the icing on the decomposing cake, though, proving yet again that 60 frames-per-second is vastly superior whenever possible; the performance may not be perfect 100 per cent of the time, but the impact that it has on controller response is quite staggering. In fact, you can toggle to the original’s more filmic 30 frames-per-second if you prefer, but it feels like a stuttering mess in direct comparison.

And this game deserves to be enjoyed in the best conditions possible. While many of the package’s plaudits have stemmed from its heartrending plot, returning to it a year later serves as a reminder of how well it plays. A fusion of clandestine infiltration and outright action, you’ll spend much of the game propped behind knee-high objects scavenging for utensils that will give you the upper hand. Everyday items such as scissors, sugar, and alcohol can be combined to concoct makeshift explosives and medication kits, with many of the same products required to craft offensive and defensive instruments. As such, you’ll need to plan your approach carefully – especially on the more challenging settings, which reduce your resources to depressing degrees. Speaking of which, if you’re already well versed in the art of thriftiness, then you’ll discover all of the difficulties unlocked from the offset here.

Alas, however you decide to test your levels of endurance, you’ll find that it’s the outstanding pacing that keeps you engaged. Despite offering a substantial single player campaign – some 15 to 20 hours in length – there’s a definite deftness to the way that encounters are designed. Infected enemies at a more mature state of mutilation will have lost the ability to use their eyes, meaning that you’re free to meander among them as long as you remain as muted as possible. Elsewhere, fellow survivors will try to fight you for supplies, completely changing your approach. The game’s at its absolute award-winning best when these elements are combined, but there’s an effortless quality to the way in which disparate segments segue that will lure you into running through the narrative in as few sittings as your lifestyle will allow.

And the Californian company maintains this competence in multiplayer, where the experience also surprisingly shines. Adopting the survival aspects of the main storyline, this sees you work through 12 weeks of resistance as either a Hunter or a Firefly – opposing factions struggling for superiority in a post-apocalyptic world. Each round that you play here represents a full day, with your earnings employed to sustain an evolving crew. It’s a quirky progression system that pulls in data from Facebook to enjoyable effect, and it’s married to a competitive combat mechanic that encourages a pack-like mentality irrespective of the mode. On that note, there are three primary options here, spanning the straightforward Supply Raid to the SOCOM inspired Survivors, but it’s the newly added Interrogation that may well be the highlight.

Of course, all of the downloadable maps from the PS3 version are present and correct, as is the Left Behind expansion from earlier in the year. This acts as a prologue of sorts, pointing its shattered lens more prominently at the potty mouthed Ellie and her quarantine companion Riley. Compared to the core campaign, this four hour added extra is distinguished by its light hearted approach, which adopts a more exploration focused format – even if it does conclude with a combat encounter that’s likely to define the direction of the series’ inevitable successor. Elsewhere, other original additions include an entertainingly deep photography toolkit, allowing you to capture characters and environments in realtime, as well as cut-scene commentary from key cast members Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson.

Conclusion

The Last of Us Remastered was unlikely to be anything less than sublime, and that’s the expected outcome that we’ve arrived at here. While its PS3 precursor prevents it from possessing the level of next-gen gloss that its native PS4 contemporaries contain, this is still a mighty fine looking title, and its framerate and resolution improvements only serve to solidify that. Of course, the onboard add-on packs and smattering of superfluous extras ensure that this is the definitive edition of an already outstanding affair – but, unsurprisingly, it’s the touching tale at the heart of the package that once again sets it apart from its peers.

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adf86

#3

adf86 said:

@sinalefa Doubt it, we'll be hearing about it topping the charts ;)
Another neat extra was also patched in a couple of days ago...the making of documentary Grounded.

ScreamAimFire99

#4

ScreamAimFire99 said:

Love this game. Only bad things are they did It fix the friends list in factions. And the melee sliding.

Remixora

#5

Remixora said:

I know this is a little lot off topic but.. Can any one explain to me how they mean that you should play TLoU Remasterd?
I was reading something on the guide that they posted here but did not understand.
Should I start playing it on New Game + and finish the game? Or just start a New Game + and when I get to the 20 year later scene keep playing it but choosing each chapter on harder difficulty?
Anyone know?

get2sammybAdmin

#6

get2sammyb said:

@Remixora If you want to play the least amount of times for the Platinum Trophy, do all the collectibles stuff on Easy and finish the game. Then start a New Game +, and when you get to the 20 Years Later scene, save and quit. You should then be able to select the same chapter on Survivor/Grounded difficulty, and you'll get all of the difficulty Trophies when you complete it again.

ztpayne7

#7

ztpayne7 said:

My friend is experiencing game breaking glitches. Is anyone else having this problem? Sometimes the characters don't move during cutscenes and other times the floor gives out and he falls through the bottom of the game. I asked him if he used the share button but he didn't know he could record gameplay with it (he just got it). He did send in a report when it crashed.

get2sammybAdmin

#8

get2sammyb said:

@ztpayne7 Not seen anything here. I've had a few clipping issues and out of place textures popping into place, but it's been smooth as butter elsewhere for me — online and offline.

sinalefa

#9

sinalefa said:

@Hernandez

If you check my profile you will see I have a PS3, and I own the Last of Us. The game is awesome, but the amount of coverage these days about this game feels like overkill, as if only this game matters for PS4 owners. I would rather hear about new PS4 games than remasters anyway.

Splat

#10

Splat said:

If you are new to the game DO NOT play the DLC first. I have heard of people doing this and that would be a huge spoiler.

mitcHELLspawn

#11

mitcHELLspawn said:

Just beat it! Started the left behind dlc, and I'm pretty excited because I haven't played it yet ! This was my second time around beating tlou though... I've gotta say man that 60 fps made all the difference in the world.

Remixora

#12

Remixora said:

@ztpayne7
I have had major glitches on my game. First I had a glitch where Tommy would not move when we got to te alley on chapter 1. And I have had the game just error quit on me twice. And I have had problems with Ellie getting one conversation started and one joke thing going.
It's frustrating but I can't get mad at this game! It has such an amazing story. And the grafics! OMG the grafics!!

Jazzer94

#13

Jazzer94 said:

I will never agree on this game being worthy of a ten but enjoyed reading a well put together review with a lot of attention and care used.

Remixora

#14

Remixora said:

@get2sammyb
Thanks a lot! I think I'm going to re start my gameplay. I stated playing on grounded difficulty, but I missed a lot of stuff. Got to chapter 4 dough first time playing the game. Awesome!!!!!

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#16

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@XFsWorld because there ain't much else out until October onwards.

I completed it on ps3 but for some reason I only have 1 trophy in my list and it isn't the completion trophy, oh well. My brother picked it up for his new ps4 he bought last week as he's a xb360 convert. If I get a chance I'll try the DLC and the multiplayer. I do though agree the hype is a bit much. I'd give it an 8.5. I found small parts of the gameplay a bit repetitive and I'd have liked maybe more openworld-ness, just more routes and perhaps different directions the story could lead. Probably asking for too much.

Davros79

#18

Davros79 said:

My brother has it says its cool. "vomits" LIARS everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!

This game is the 3rd greatest game ever,

1 MGS
2 Shenmue 1 n 2.
3 TLOU

Davros79

#24

Davros79 said:

Cant u put all pictures in one post? FFS! We all know what the game looks like. ;-)

Davros79

#25

Davros79 said:

@get2sammy Sammy, Dont you think the trophy shortcut you suggested, In someways contraditcs the idea of Plat trophy hunting?

Maybe its vanity, To have a plat?

Gamer83

#26

Gamer83 said:

When I played Tomb Raider on PS4 I could tell a difference right away. Same with MLB 14 The Show when playing on a friend's PS3 after having spent all my time prior playing the PS4 version. With this game, however, it seems like a very slightly glossed up last-gen game, which is exactly what it is. Still looks great, no question about that, but I had expected it to look a little better. At least it doesn't effect the story, or gameplay, both of which I thought were among the top last year and still today.

RaymanFan2

#27

RaymanFan2 said:

@get2sammyb I found this review just the slightest bit... I dunno... tiring?
So many verbs! Though I guess that could also be a compliment...

SecondServing

#29

SecondServing said:

Yo, this game looks dope, but ultimately it's not a good value for the hardcore gamer who played this last year.

THIS_SITE_SUCKS

#30

THIS_SITE_SUCKS said:

It isn't worth paying £40 for this if you're a PS4 owner who owns this on the PS3. Sony should have offered some kind of discount.

BenTarrant

#32

BenTarrant said:

Oh and people saying they have glitches, I had a few but there's a day one patch that seemed to fix everything bar a few unruly textures. Try restarting the game and it should install. Hope this helps.

AlexStintonStaff

#33

AlexStinton said:

Well, I wasn't going to pick this up, but I can feel my resistance wearing down.......and....... there it goes!

divinelite

#34

divinelite said:

Thanks for 30fps thing now i can simply tell my friend how 60fps change our whole gaming life. I didnt have ps3 so last of us is a great game even though i feel playing the walking dead over the whole game

This and diablo sometime this month, august is great month until Destiny comes

divinelite

#35

divinelite said:

Oh by bug i get some, just like assasin creed and infamous sometime i got thrown in place where there is no texture. Well always happen when i explore more than what the developers tested i guess

TheMonkeyBongo

#38

TheMonkeyBongo said:

The first time i've played it and completed it yesterday. It deserves all the awards as it's truly a masterpiece. I rarely want to play through games again, immediately after completing them, but I can't wait to give this a go for the second time.

get2sammybAdmin

#39

get2sammyb said:

@Jazzer94 Thanks for reading it! Appreciate it.

@TOMBOY25 We're going to do a photo mode-themed Talking Point later today, so get snapping!

@Davros79 It probably does. You don't have to do it, of course - that's just a tip for people who don't want to play through the game four or five times.

@Gamer83 I know exactly what you're saying - I think that's partly because the original already looked so good. The framerate is the real game changer here, though - I can't believe I played it at 30fps now.

@RaymanFan2 Thanks for the feedback, will keep that in mind.

tenderbeefcake

#40

tenderbeefcake said:

Im an x360 convert so I missed out on the ps3 version. I love this game already. Love the story and the exciting combat. The atmosphere is great.
Really a game I will remember. I know some aren't happy about the remake but I am grateful. I hope I will find some ps4 buddys to play the multiplayer with. My screen name is tenderbeefcake if anyone wants to play with me.

JaxonH

#42

JaxonH said:

Ok, I'm going to give my opinion here and then hide for cover from angry fan responses ;)

I'm playing the game on PS4 right now. The first thing I noticed was the long list of day 1 DLC, hundreds of dollars worth available the day before release (that's when Best Buy delivered my game). Not included, ok moving on.

So I start playing the game, and I can't help but not notice much of a difference visually. Honestly, I have a hard time telling the 2 apart. I even went and watched a comparison video just to see if it was all in my mind, but sure enough, even in the comparison video I could barely tell a difference. Ok, so it's not the best visually. I can live with that- I'm not a graphics whore after all. But considering the level of rampant hype they were mustering over this game's visuals, I find it misleading at the very least.

As for the gameplay, again, I'm just not that impressed. Press R1 to run, grab planks and climb ledges, throw bricks and scavenge for health packs. It's ok I guess, but certainly not what I'd expect for a 10/10 consensus across the board.

Then we get to the story. The one redeeming quality about this game. It's great! It's like watching The Walking Dead Season One all over again. That same level of tension and suspense. Kudos to them for the story and presentation. Top notch all the way.

In the end though, I'm kind of losing interest, if not for the desire to see the plot continue to unfold. Tomb Raider had better gameplay imo. This doesn't feel like a 10/10 game to me.. I'd probably give it an 8 from what I've played so far. It's good, don't get me wrong, and it's not as boring as I'm probably making it sound- I AM glad I bought it. If it weren't put on such a pedestal I'd probably even praise it. But man, I just don't understand why everyone raves about this game like it's the best video game of all time. It's not even the best video game of the summer to me.

[hides for cover]

JaxonH

#44

JaxonH said:

@get2sammyb

Probably 20% through. Don't want to post spoilers but after they find out about her infection.

I'll give it a re-evaluation after I finish the game, of course. I do like it. It's most definitely one of the "better" games out there. I think it's just because of the level of expectations preceding the game that I'm not impressed. Like, Tomb Raider I played and had no expectations, and when I was done I was like, "ya, that was a pretty great game". But with TLoU, nothing about it stands out to me. Not yet anyways. Again, I'll re-evaluate when I complete it and see if I feel differently. Idk, it's just that when I play a game that is hailed by the vast majority of gamers as one of the greatest games of all time, I come to expect a little more than this? Idk...

EDIT: All this talk about TLoU is actually making me want to play it lol... So I'ma go do that. I may not think it's the best game ever, but it's strangely got its meat hooks in me. That dang story is so addicting.

eLarkos

#47

eLarkos said:

a few more people may now realise what a bummer it is that Drive club isnt 60fps.

THIS_SITE_SUCKS

#48

THIS_SITE_SUCKS said:

@JaxonH The greatest element TLOU has is the storyline. If you've already played it on the PS3 and you know the plot and story (especially the ending) then replays just don't have the same appeal.

@N711 I'll probably wait until it's around £10 on Ebay and pick up a second hand copy.

sinalefa

#50

sinalefa said:

@JaxonH

That is what happened to me with Shadow of the Colossus when I played the ICO Collection. I went in with the expectation of one of the best games of all time and it never lived up to the hype for me. Conversely, I knew nothing about ICO and ended up liking it more.

OoT is not my favorite Zelda either, as influential as it was. I love W101 and that one got mixed reviews. Now you got me interested in Tomb Raider.

charlesnarles

#51

charlesnarles said:

@Davros79 PSN = popularity contest
If you'll insert any ol' cruddy game into your ps just to show other gamerz your 1337ness, then you're a caricature. It's fun to go thru and see what you or your friends have acquired from games you enjoy, but SingStar plats undoubtedly give bogus rank boosts. I bought guides to eventually plat my favorite games, but not for anyone else's approval or even knowledge. I hate social media! :)

JaxonH

#52

JaxonH said:

@sinalefa

Ocarina isn't my favorite Zelda either> and certainly not the best game of all time. For it's era, perhaps. But there have been many greater games since, even of just Zelda- Skyward Sword and Link Between Worlds being a few right off the top of my head.

I also adored Wonderful 101 despite mixed reviews. The gameplay was bliss. And Tomb Raider is good. I think the gameplay is better than TLoU, but Idk if the game in general is better than TLoU. As for Shadow of the Colossus I actually loved it, but I hadn't heard of the game at the time, so I had zero expectations going in. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, that is probably the game I would award best of all time. That or Final Fantasy X.

SerpentineX

#53

SerpentineX said:

I know I'll catch **** for this but even though I feel The Last of Us is a better game, and I enjoy it more...I feel that Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is a better remaster/update of a game. Maybe it had more work to be done than TLoU so that there was a noticeable change? Because I really don't see a groundbreaking change between the two.. At any rate I love both games and TLoU is quite possibly one of the best games ever.

Swearing - get2sammyb

JaxonH

#54

JaxonH said:

@get2sammyb @XFsWorld

Ok, I'm on my way to meet this Bill character, and I do have to admit, the gameplay is growing on me. Like, quite a bit actually. I think I was treating it in the same way as a traditional action game instead of proper survival horror. I still don't know if I'ma give it the honor of best game ever, but, I'm enjoying it substantially more than beforehand. And once I got to the open forest vistas, that's when I started noticing that it is indeed a PS4 game. It's not the best looking game on the system by any means, but at least now I'm noticing the difference.

So, I guess so far so good. I love the little offhand conversations they have during idle animations. That's the best part of the game to me.

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#55

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@JaxonH the story is definitely the best part of the game, the setting and atmosphere are good too, I find everything else a little average. I enjoyed all chapters of the game with exception to a certain dark subway trip and the final slog.

Tsuzura

#56

Tsuzura said:

@Hernandez
You know not everyone likes this game for the game itself and not because of what console its on.

@voodoo341
I thought they did give discounts if you upgrade?
Or at least they used to.

Ginkgo

#57

Ginkgo said:

Really interested to see the first week sales numbers. Its release actually appears to have increased PS4 sales, so I'm expecting they will be very healthy.

get2sammybAdmin

#58

get2sammyb said:

@JaxonH The really neat thing is that you're not as far in as you think. In fact, you've only just got started. This is a long game.

JaxonH

#59

JaxonH said:

@get2sammyb

Yeah that always seem to be the case when I play games. I explore every nook and cranny twice over before advancing through each area. When people say a game is 10 hours, I get 20. People say it's 20, I get at least 35. Dead serious too. But it does feel like I've been playing this forever. Just made it out of the hotel elevator shaft I fell down through. I know I've been playing for, what, probably 6 or 7 hours now? Although that doesn't mean 6 or 7 hours into the game :/

XFsWorld

#60

XFsWorld said:

@JaxonH Same for me. When someone say a game is this long, I end up taking 'that long' lol. Glad your enjoying it, I see you haven't stopped playing it yet on psn. I may give this game another try when I pick up my PS4 at the end of this year. My friend let me borrow it months ago but I just couldn't get into it, maybe because I was so busy playing Tomb Raider and Dead Pool.

@get2sammyb Out of curiosity, how long is this game?

sinalefa

#61

sinalefa said:

@get2sammyb

The first time I played I thought it would be like any of the Uncharted games, it ended up being twice as long, and I did not find all the secrets. But the good thing is that it never felt to me like they were padding the game with boring sidequests.

Storytime7

#62

Storytime7 said:

@XFsWorld When I played it on the PS3 last year it took around 14 hours to beat. Not bad for this kind of game.

As for the review...I didn't think it was a 10/10 on the PS3 and the PS4 version probably won't change my mind. I'll get it eventually because it is a good game, but not for a long time (and this is not just because I still don't have a PS4). Really not a fan of games being remade/remastered so early that it can't even make a substantial difference. Metroid: Zero Mission, for example, is more what I like to see out of remakes.

Jairo_MC

#65

Jairo_MC said:

@JaxonH
I played TLoU on PS3 and I agree with you. It's a good game and the story is great but I can't understand the hype it gets. I also think that Tomb Raider is a better game and had a much better time playing Lara's adventure.

taskymasky

#66

taskymasky said:

tomb raider sucks so bad last of us is much better haha just my opinion though dont get mad at me guys please

Confused_DudeStaff

#68

Confused_Dude said:

@Davros79 Regarding your comment about Platinums; it is absolutely a vanity thing. I have all 70 of mine studded into a jacket like some kind of PlayStation Elvis.

Needless to say I'm the coolest kid on the block.

odd69

#69

odd69 said:

@JaxonH yea ditto, infact if a game doesn't encourage me to explore every nook and cranny I'll get bored....I havent bought this on ps3, played the demo it was average for me i did enjoy it but i was piled with games at the time so i much over looked this, but it seems the remaster is a notch up,hope a demo comes out.

keyser_soze

#70

keyser_soze said:

Didnt get this on the ps3 but went bought it on the ps4, was a really good story even moving at times and the graphics are nice, didnt like online thought it was pish! good review i agree with the 10/10

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