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Should You Buy The Last of Us Remastered?

Remastering the infection

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In general, The Last of Us was a very well received game. We gave it a top score, and The Last of Us Remastered is certainly no worse than the PlayStation 3 original. In fact, thanks to the additions of the Left Behind single-player DLC – which places you in the shoes of Ellie pre-Joel – as well as the Abandoned Territories and Reclaimed Territories multiplayer map packs, this is quite easily the definitive edition of Naughty Dog’s finest game yet.

This means that, if you hated the original, you probably won’t like this one. But if you’ve not picked up the PS3 game, or were curious about the extra content, then The Last of Us Remastered is a must buy. But for those of us who loved it the first time around, is it really worth snapping up again?

Well, personally, I’d say yes. While there’s no surprises left to find in the story, and you can probably breeze through on the slightly harder difficulties, there’s still tonnes of fun to be had in the combat and stealth. Those high-tension moments that come from emergent gameplay still exist, and still feel as fresh as ever.

It helps that now everything runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second, for most of the time at least. If you prefer to have a consistent experience you can lock the frame rate at 30, but it’s not really that much of a big deal. That said, there are a few more hiccups with texture loading and clipping when running at 60 frames.

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But that’s to be somewhat expected, this is – after all – Naughty Dog’s first foray into PlayStation 4 development and every aspect of the visuals have been dramatically improved. Gameplay models are now the same as those in cutscenes – although those pre-rendered scenes still look more impressive than PS4 gameplay. Improvements to lighting effects also help things look better, with the darker sections found later on feeling far moodier than the blurry greys of the PS3 original, and the green open spaces look stunning thanks to light breaking through trees and casting realistic shadows. This really feels like a labour of love from the Naughty Dog team.

For those returning, there’s also a developer commentary audio track with creative director Neil Druckmann and game director Bruce Straley, giving away gameplay development stories and a more in-depth look at the decisions they made for the final build. It’s interesting stuff, but it isn’t something that newcomers will really appreciate until after completion – especially as there are some spoilers hidden within.

Weirdly, the best – and most amusing – addition to The Last of Us Remastered is actually the Photo Mode. Working in a similar fashion to the Photo Mode DLC that came to Infamous: Second Sonyou can stop the action at any point, reposition the camera, play with focal distance and some Instagram-like filters, and then hit the Share button. It’s how we’ve taken the screenshots used in this piece, but it’s genuinely a great way to experiment and find new ways to grab and frame emotive or explosive moments.

All in all, this is a great little package for PS4 players. If you’ve played it before and loved it, get it. If you played it before and were only somewhat sold, then this will probably win you over thanks to the more complete package. If you’ve never played it , then this is absolutely worth your time and money. Essentially, the only people that shouldn’t pick this up are those who weren’t sold the first time around – after all, nothing has really changed in the gameplay or story department to change your opinion.

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