The last of us review: dead inside

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By Colin Moriarty
Let's just cut khổng lồ the chase, shall we? I'm happy khổng lồ report that Naughty Dog has successfully brought PlayStation 3's single best game -- The Last of Us -- to lớn PlayStation 4 in the form of The Last of Us: Remastered. (You can read my full nhận xét of 2013’s The Last of Us on PS3 here.) It’s as much a masterpiece on PS4 as it is on PS3, và it’s worth your undivided attention whether you’ve played it already or are about lớn jump in for the first time.

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Sure, we may not have really needed a port so quickly, but then again, The Last of Us isn’t just any game. As one of the best games of all-time, the more places it is and the more people that can play it, the better.


The biggest change Remastered brings is its framerate. The original version of The Last of Us pushed the PlayStation 3 lớn its absolute limits khổng lồ pull off 30 frames per second at 720p resolution, but the PlayStation 4 runs Remastered at 60 frames per second & 1080p resolution. It’s a jarring change at first, but one that I began to lớn appreciate the more I played.

If you don’t agree, Naughty Dog has included the option lớn loông chồng the framerate to lớn the original 30, but it was flipping back and forth that made me really begin to lớn see the contrast. It’s hard to lớn explain how much of a difference the 30-to-60 transition makes until you see it for yourself; the PS3 original frankly looks a bit choppy by comparison.

Doubling the framerate doesn’t only provide an obvious aesthetic boost; it enhances gameplay, too. The most hardcore competitive shooters on consoles – like the Điện thoại tư vấn of Duty series – run at or near 60 frames because it makes the shooting that much more fluid, responsive sầu, and accurate. You’ll see similar effects in The Last of Us: Remastered during gun battles, even if they are (or should be) few & far between. (Remember: this is largely, though not entirely, a stealth game.)

The PlayStation 4’s extra horsepower also gives a boost khổng lồ The Last of Us’ graphical fidelity. Now, I know that’s not necessarily saying a whole lot, considering The Last of Us on PS3 is already the most beautiful game I’ve sầu seen on any console. But somehow, Remastered looks just a bit better. Textures are more detailed, the lighting is enhanced, & everything pops more.

The changes aren’t mind altering – or even game changing – but you can absolutely see the difference. From the moment I started the, I couldn’t help but notice improvements everywhere. Some are far more minor than others, but they’re there, & they make The Last of Us burst with even more life.

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You can really soak the beauty in with Remastered’s new Phokhổng lồ Mode, which allows you to lớn take control of the camera, alter visual settings lượt thích focus và filters, và more khổng lồ grab the most gorgeous shots possible. It’s not uncommon lớn encounter stunning sights in The Last of Us – like when you first enter environments reclaimed by nature with Joel & Tess near the beginning of the game – and now, you can capture those moments for posterity, if you’d like.

Another notable change from PS3 lớn PS4 is, as you might expect, the controller. Naughty Dog knew the weaknesses of the DualShoông xã 3’s terrible triggers, which explains why aiming and shooting was unconventionally mapped to lớn R1 và L1. DualShock 4’s far superior triggers don’t suffer from a similar problem, so you can maps shooting to lớn R2 và L2 if you want, or keep it as it originally was.

Your backpachồng thực đơn can be brought up with the DualShock 4’s meaty center button, too. And, like Killzone: Shadow Fall, the controller’s speaker can be used khổng lồ play audio diaries and sound effects like the on/off click of your flashlight, though you can turn this off if you find it too obnoxious.

For as great as Remastered’s little tweaks & additions are, the true value proposition comes in when you start to lớn talk about DLC. A slew of DLC that had lớn be purchased separately on PlayStation 3 comes bundled-in on PlayStation 4. For instance, Left Behind – The Last of Us’ incredible single-player prequel DLC – is included (read the original nhận xét here), as are a ton of online maps and modes that you’d otherwise have sầu lớn acquire separately on PS3.


And yes, playing The Last of Us: Remastered online is just as awesome as it was the first time around, again aided by a silky-smooth framerate. I suspect the surprising online addiction The Last of Us provided in 2013 will be renewed for some & discovered for the first time for others.

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In 2013, I called The Last of Us on PlayStation 3 a masterpiece. The same holds true of its PlayStation 4 "Remastered" sibling. You can’t go wrong with either version, but with Remastered you’ll get a better framerate that smooths out gunplay, a prettier, sharper look, và a bunch of DLC content rolled into lớn the package from the get-go (not khổng lồ mention a whole fresh mix of Trophies to lớn earn again, if you have a whole lot of time on your hands).Whether you’ve already experienced it on PlayStation 3 or have no idea what you’re missing, The Last of Us: Remastered is worth your time and attention. PlayStation 3’s best game just became PlayStation 4’s, too.