The award winning Sony exclusive The Last of Us is finally available for PS4. It has been polished up and repackaged as The Last Of Us Remastered edition. I for one was very excited by the release as I was primarily an Xbox 360 player and missed out on many of the PS3 exclusives, so it felt great to finally see what all the hype was about.
After playing through this new Remastered version we wanted to give you an idea of what to expect.
Naughty Dog has spend a good deal of time getting to grips with the PS4 and cleverly used The Last of Us as their development guinea pig. With the story and mechanics already locked down it gave them a great platform to play with the visuals. Needless to say, they have done a fantastic job. The graphics look sharp, the textures are detailed, the lighting is beautiful and everything runs at 1080p at 60FPS (up from 30FPS on PS3). Have a look at some of these screenshots to see what I mean:
I often found myself wasting time within the built in Photo Mode editing screenshots, applying filters and vignettes and sharing to twitter via PS4 Share. All the while trying to find that perfect snapshot of a Clicker’s brains being smashed out against a wall.
Although not unique to the Remastered edition, the audio in The Last Of Us is of a very high standard, with everything from the superb voice acting to the way rain sounds across different surfaces, all providing the framework for a truly immersive experience. You even have the option of setting up your dynamic range and speaker angles through the settings interface providing the tools for audiophiles to fine tune their audio.
The story in Last of Us has not changed, its the same tried and tested formula from the PS3 edition. However Naughty Dog have added the Left Behind and multiplayer DLC to the package. The Left Behind DLC is a prequel that really showcases Naughty Dog’s story telling ability. Coupled with the overhauled graphics the story really comes to life in the Remastered Edition and is undoubtably the best way to experience The Last of Us.
The biggest change here is the buttery smooth 60FPS which gives the gameplay a great feel. It makes everything including the shooting feel sharper, more accurate and responsive. You do have the option of shifting back to the 30FPS as per the PS3 but why you would want to do that (other than just to see the difference) I have no idea. Beyond that you can expect the same tense, stealth focused gameplay from the original game.
Overall The Last of Us Remastered is exactly what you want in a trans-gen port, all the elements that contributed to over 200 game of the year awards, upscaled visuals and super smooth frame rates. If you have never played The Last of Us then now is the time, stop messing around reading reviews and go get a copy. If you played the PS3 version then you might want to hold on to your cash ahead of all the big releases coming up, however if you do want to dive back in to The Last of Us then there is no finer way to do so and you won’t be disappointed.
The Last of Us Remastered was developed for Sony Playstation 4 by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.