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'The Last Of Us: Remastered' review: It's even better on PS4 this time around

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The Last Of Us: Remastered (PS4)

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The Last Of Us: Remastered is now available on the PS4. The enhanced, upgraded edition of the game that claimed award after award in 2013 has been given a next-generation makeover. What was arguably one of the best games on the PS3 is even better on the PS4, regardless of whether or not you've played the game before.

The Last Of Us: Remastered takes us back to the post-pandemic world world we saw in June of 2013. With native 1080p and the game running at a crisp 60 frames per second (fps), The Last Of Us: Remastered is a glimpse into the type of visuals we will see on the PS4.

Twenty years after tragic events struck humanity, the infected humans that remain, Clickers, roam the lush, broken down cities that main characters Joel and Ellie journey through. Groups of surviving humans occupy these abandoned towns, resulting in more than just mutated foes.

Scouring the world of The Last Of Us: Remastered, players assume the role of Joel who needs to carefully smuggle Ellie out of these dangerous, military controlled quarantined territories. Survival is at the heart of The Last Of Us, and it impacts gameplay in every imaginable way. The journey Ellie and Joel go on is one that players will never forget.

The Last Of Us: Remastered features one of the most astounding plots I've ever played in a game, and even as someone who played and reviewed the game last year, it's still unbelievably exceptional. It's possibly one of the best stories we've seen, and stands as a benchmark for what a game's narrative can be.

Visuals in The Last Of Us: Remastered, are absolutely gorgeous. The looks of the game are not something that have been given a lot of hype with no improvements. The textures are absolutely outstanding and remind me of the ones we saw in The Division demo during E3 2013. Facial animations of each character are stunning and really bring to life each cinematic in the game.

The addition of 60 fps is amazing. Having the choice to toggle between 30 fps and 60 fps is where players will really see the difference between the two. It's talked about for every game, but The Last Of Us: Remastered shows you why it's important. The game looked unbelievable on the PS3 and fans will be impressed with the way it has been improved for PS4.

Gameplay is outstanding and only a few changes have been made specifically for the PS4. The aim and shoot buttons have been moved to the L2 and R2 triggers, respectively. If you do not prefer the new PS4 setting, don't worry because you can go ahead and switch the setting back to the PS3's original control scheme.

The DualShock 4 has brought with it a number of new features. The Touch Pad is used as the button to open and close Joel's backpack. The Light Bar acts as the health indicator for Joel and correlates based on his current health status. The Speaker on the controller makes a clicking sound when players turn their flashlight on and off, plus the speaker is used for tape recorder audio.

The add-on content that players will enjoy, especially if they have yet to play The Last Of Us, are the two map packs for the game's multiplayer mode. That mode is back once again and provides the same gritty, grueling experience the PS3 version of the game delivered. The breath-taking single player DLC Left Behind is also included on the disc and is just as exceptional as the main campaign.

So if you've played The Last Of Us on the PS3 and already have all of the DLC, should you still pickup the PS4 version? I believe that answer is yes. There is so much value Sony has added other than just improved visuals. In an experience like this one, you undoubtedly have memories and moments you want to capture and remember. The new photo mode helps satisfies this desire.

The added DLCs are important and really add more depth to the entire experience. With the two map packs, the Grounded difficulty and the single player DLC, Left Behind, there's a lot of content to discover and rediscover.

Playing through The Last Of Us: Remastered with the director's commentary on will add some fresh, new perspective you've yet to hear. With input from the creative director and writer of The Last Of Us, Neil Druckmann, the voice of Joel, Troy Baker, and the voice of Ellie, Ashley Johnson, you witness and understand cinematics throughout the game in a new way.

With the borderline, photo-realistic visuals, The Last Of Us: Remastered is worth the investment. Native 1080p and 60 frames per second never looked so good, and the setting of this world really shines with the upgraded visuals.

If you're someone who has never played The Last Of Us, this is the perfect time to experience the world. On the other hand, if you're like me and have played through everything in the game before, it's also worth the purchase. The game is not retailing at the full $60 that usually comes with a new game. The $50 price tag is rather modest, considering all of the value in The Last Of Us: Remastered.

Depending on what happens with The Last Of Us: Remastered and PlayStation Now, you'll want to see about picking up this PS4 title. So long as Now doesn't feature the game, it's a must for any gamer's PS4 collection. It's only one of the best games ever made, and something I simply cannot get enough of.

Pros

  • Improved, breath-taking visuals
  • Practical, useful features for the DualShock 4
  • The collection of DLC content
  • Photo mode

A PlayStation 4 copy of The Last of Us: Remastered was given to Examiner.com by Sony Computer Entertainment for the purposes of this review.

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