The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Despite owning (and loving) the PlayStation 1 and 2, I spent almost the entirety of the last console generation as an Xbox gamer. As the generation started winding down and we had the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 to look forward to, I felt it was the perfect time to trade in a few of my Xbox 360 games, and finally check out the back catalogue of PlayStation 3 games. There were a lot to try: Uncharted 1-3, Little Big Planet, Heavy Rain, etc. But what completely sold me? The hype behind The Last of Us. Thankfully, I decided to make this trade before The Last of Us came out. Despite not following the hype train too thoroughly leading up to its release, I took a chance on it. Naughty Dog rewarded my faith with one of the single greatest gaming experiences of my life.

If you’re looking for a big in-depth review of The Last of Us, you can check out my original review of it for the PlayStation 3. For those of you who played the PS3 version and are debating on whether or not to purchase the Remastered version – I’m here to tell you it’s well worth it.

For those who have played The Last of Us before, you know that it was easily one of the best looking games on the PS3. With its jump to the PS4, there are subtly, but great, differences in graphical quality between the two. Textures have more detail, the lighting seems more realistic and the environments, especially when you’re outside, pop with this fantastic realism that makes you just want to stop and look around in awe.

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While there were definitely enhancements made to the graphics, the most noticeable improvements to the gameplay come in the form of the increased frames-per-second (FPS) and the use of the Dualshock 4 controller. Starting off with the FPS, The Last of Us for PS3 ran at 30 FPS and that was with pushing the console to the limit. On the PS4, The Last of Us runs smoothly at 60 FPS. For some, the change might be hard to adjust to. If you’re not seeing the difference with your own eyes, it’s hard to understand how much of a difference this upgrade makes to the gameplay, but trust me, it makes a huge difference. This segue’s perfectly into my second point: the use of the Dualshock 4.

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My biggest issue with the PlayStation 3, by far, was how much I hated the Dualshock 3 controller. It was clunky, unresponsive and just plain awkward (especially the triggers). While it was usually acceptable for games that didn’t require any form of shooting, for those it did – it was absolutely dreadful. The Last of Us‘ developer, Naughty Dog, realized this, which was why (we assume) they felt compelled to map the shooting mechanics to L1 and R1. Thankfully, with the major step up in quality from the DS3 to the DS4, paired with the improvement from 30 FPS to 60 FPS, combat in The Last of Us is a lot easier and a lot more fun.

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On top of the trigger improvement of the DS4, one of my favorite features is the use of the center button for the controller and how it integrates with the game. We talked about how fun the speaker in the center of the controller was in our review for Infamous: Second Son, and while it wasn’t used quite  as much for The Last of Us as it was in Infamous, the subtle click when you turn on your flashlight, or playing an audio diary you find in the world, just helps further with your immersion in the post-apocalyptic world Naughty Dog created.

On top of the single player experience of The Last of Us, buyers of the Remastered edition are also treated to the games soul piece of single-player DLC, titled Left Behind. While we unfortunately didn’t review the DLC when it launched, I had the opportunity to play through it today, and it’s as captivating, if not more so, than the single player story. It may be only a few hours, but it’s Naughty Dogs‘ skills to a T – enthralling story, jaw-dropping moments and heart wrenching endings.  While I wasn’t a big fan of the multiplayer, it was great to see the Remastered version packaged with all available DLC, for those who loved its multiplayer too.

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Whether you’re playing through the game for the tenth time or the first, there’s no denying that Naughty Dog created one of the most captivating and near-perfect games of all time. Throwing in some extra polish, single and multiplayer DLC and an improved controller, The Last of Us Remastered is an absolute must own if you’ve got a PlayStation 4. The Last of Us was easily my favorite game on the PlayStation 3 and with its re-release on the PlayStation 4, it’s quickly reclaimed its thrown as top game again. While we’re sure to see plenty of amazing games come out on the PlayStation 4 over the next eight to ten years, I find it impossible to imagine that The Last of Us won’t still be spoken as one of the greatest games of the generation.

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For those hardcore fans that have already beaten the campaign, treat yourselves to the amazing footage below of the cast of The Last of Us reenacting scenes from the game in real life at the Sony launch event. While there’s plenty of fanfare included in the hour-long video (the video starts about thirty minutes in), I’ll post start times for each of the scenes, should you want to skip around. For those of you who have not played the game yet, be warned, there are some spoilers.

Live scene times begin at:

Scene 1: 34:45 – Scene 2: 49:53 – Scene 3: 52:53 – Scene 4: 54:46 – Scene 5: 1:02:38 – Scene 6: 1:05:36 –Scene 7: 1:07:54 – Scene 8: 1:10:29 – Scene 9: 1:14:18

Scene 10: 1:18:32 – for this scene they decided to do the “alternate” ending. It’s partially explained in the video below, but for the full explanation, click here.

Scene 11: 1:22:22

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The Good

+ Enhanced graphics.

+ 60 fps.

+ Dualshock 4 integration.

+ Left Behind DLC.

+ Sharing photos.

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