The Last of Us Remastered - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

July 29, 2014

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8.3

Summary:

The Last of Us on the PlayStation 4 is the rare game the seamlessly blends both a captivating story with a highly functional gameplay system. The game is set two decades after a mysterious outbreak wiped out the majority of human civilization.

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Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 40.6GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 30 Hours
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2015-02-19

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The Last of Us Remastered' is a PlayStation 4 port of one of the most critically acclaimed PlayStation 3 games of all time, 'The Last of Us'. It was originally released in 2009 for the PS3 before going on to become a critical juggernaut. Developed by Naughty Dog, it wasn't long until the game was brought to life for the next generation of console fans in 2014. The game, among other things, features a few minor gameplay add-ons along with heavily enhanced graphics, faster rending, and a longer draw distance. Most hardcore gamers have already played through the original version of the game, so you have to be asking yourself: is it worth playing again?

Storyline.

'The Last of Us' is the rare game the seamlessly blends both a captivating story with a highly functional gameplay system. The game is set two decades after a mysterious outbreak wiped out the majority of human civilization. The primary theory behind this global destructive event deals with a type of fungus that infects and kills human beings. In the single player campaign you play as Joel, a man who was tasked with helping a young woman by the name of Ellie as she travels across the apocalyptic and dangerous United States. She might be the key to finding a cure for the infection that seems to ravage everyone else. Along the way you will run into a host of enemies ranging from the infected to the insane. The story aims to blend both the paranoia of infection with the action packed moments that require you to push aside humanity as you seek to accomplish the ultimate goal: saving mankind. That's a pretty hefty story and one that we're sure will be transformed into a movie at some point in the future.

How does it all look on the Playstation 4?

'The Last of Us' is considered one of the greatest games of all time and as such a port had to be really well done. Many fans found the initial thought of a port, only five years later, to be a bit excessive. Why so soon? The truth is that this game is special and it deserved the quick upgrade. So now that we are seeing it before us we have to ask ourselves: was the upgrade worth it? The answer is a resounding yes.

The original version of 'Last of Us' ran at 30 frames per second at 720p for the PS3. This meant that your original PS3 console was being pushed to the absolute brink of its technological capability. 'Remastered' clocks in at 60 frames per second at a 1080p resolution for the PS4. That's right. The beautiful game you remembered was doubled up in beauty. Along with a few minor aesthetic overhauls, some nicer textures, and smoother animations--'Remastered' is a glorious experience. This is a big change and like many other High Frame Rate pieces of media, it will irk some people. So if you really liked the original look of the game you can scale back the framerate through an option installed by Naughty Dog.

'Last of Us' would never have caught on if it was simply a pretty story. The game relied on pulling you into it before handing you the controls. If things were clunky then the game would never have worked. But it did work because the controls were smooth and 'Remastered' makes things even better. The improved frame rate makes everything more fluid when you are playing. The most competitive shooting games will run at 60FPS because of how much more realistic it makes the combat. 'Remastered' is equally fluid now and you will notice it the moment you pull a gun on some poor, infected survivor. But don't be expecting to do that too often.

Joel and Tess are not warriors. They are survivors. They are the Last of a good thing. For them to accomplish their mission they need to rely on their heart and their stealth to do so. Joel isn't a commando and Tess isn't some sort of little butt kicker. There will be fights and they will be bloody, but they will also be spaced out.

But 'The Last of Us' isn't a solitary experience. In fact, the online mode is almost as addicting as the gorgeous campaign. Coupled up with the new visuals and smoother gunplay, you will no doubt be spending much of your time facing off in the various online maps. Be sure to explore the new DLC that comes with the system and to really get some experience playing the game first. Online multiplayer can be brutal and it wouldn't be surprising to feel outclassed every time you went on if you didn't practice.

Perhaps the biggest thing that 'Remastered' offers new players is its complete range of downloadable content. On the original version for the PS3, players had to purchase each piece of story expanding DLC as it was released. For the PS4 version, these come pre bundled into the game. You will get more story, more maps, and more content for one price.

'Remastered' on the Playstation 4 brings to life an experience that should be played through by anyone with an appreciation for art. Gamers will love the game and those that watch them play will fall in love as well. 'Remastered' will quickly find its way atop many lists of 'All Time Greats' due to the revolutionary way it bundled a meaningful story with more than capable gameplay. The game sounds and looks better than ever. Every footstep echoes when it should echo and each gunshot will scare you into making your arm hair rise. Your PS4 controller will feed you sounds through its mini speaker, such as your diary or your flashlight turning on, and you will fall in love with these two characters all over again.

'Remastered' isn't a revolutionary experience if you already own the original game, but it is definitely an upgraded version of a modern day masterpiece.

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