The Last of Us: Remastered Review

The Last of Us is a game that only comes around once in a generation. Well, unless we’re talking about console generations, that is. Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed cinematic thriller has made its way to the PlayStation 4 with improved visuals, native 1080p support, and included DLC from the original release. The Last of Us: Remastered is… well… The Last of Us… remastered.

The Last of Us™ Remastered_20140730004616The first thing I want to clarify is that review will be taking a look at the “remastered” aspect of this port. If you’re looking for an in-depth review on The Last of Us as a game, look else where. Here, I’ll be diving into what the The Last of Us: Remastered has to offer compared to its original release, and whether it’s a worthwhile title to pickup. The story is great, the characters are deep, and all the feels are there, just like in the original.

The Last of Us™ Remastered_20140731213712The biggest improvement TLoU: Remastered brings to the table is without a doubt its visuals. From the opening scene, players of the original release will instantly notice the upgraded textures and the beautiful lighting. What’s most satisfying is the 1080p 60fps support. The game is buttery smooth, especially compared to how the original game was pushing the limits of the PS3. This time around, the horse power is there, and you can tell. If you’re interested in seeing just how different the game plays, Naughty Dog has added an option to lock the game at 30fps in the settings, so you can see how it originally played. After playing the remastered version for just 15 minutes, you’ll never want to play it in 30fps again.

Visually, the game looks phenomenal, but it’s not without its flaws. Specifically, the game has this weird quirk where vibrant greens found in grass and bushes look awesome while walking, but when you stop your character, they dull in color. It’s really bazaar, and I notice it literally every time I stop walking. For whatever reason, it only seems to do this in well-lit green-grass scenarios. I couldn’t duplicate the problem when walking inside a house or a sewer, only outside, and only greens. Another visual issue I ran into from time-to-time was in lower light situations, I would see this weird shadowing around Ellie or other AI. I only stumbled upon this a few times but it’s still worth noting. Luckily, these inconsistencies don’t effect gameplay, and overall the game still looks remarkable.

The Last of Us™ Remastered_20140801202056The added story and multiplayer DLC make the game an amazing value for $50. Hopefully, the other next-gen ports like GTAV will follow that pricing model.

So here’s a question: is it worth it? To that I say: absolutely yes. The Last of Us:
Remastered is a solid port with a few flaws, but it’s still the same amazing game that many of us played on PS3. If you already played the last game, I can see skipping this. But, if you were an Xbox gamer last generation, and now have yourself a PlayStation 4, this is a must buy. Not only will you be playing what I consider to be one of the best games in the last 10 years, but you’ll be playing it with remastered graphics, and for $10 cheaper than at launch! It’s a value you can’t beat for a game that everyone should experience at least once.

Like I said before, The Last of Us: Remastered is exactly what its title implies. It’s everything we know and love from the 2013 game of the year, just better looking and better playing.

The Last of Us: Remastered – 9/10

+ Upgraded visuals
+ Included DLC
+ $10 cheaper than when it launched

– Some weird visual flaws

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