In 2013, The Last of Us swept the gaming world by storm, as the game received numerous Game of the Year awards and perfect scores across many gaming websites.
On April 9th, 2014, Sony officially announced The Last Of Us: Remastered, a re-release of this instant classic for the PlayStation 4. We won't bore you with details you already know about, like gameplay or story, as every gamer knows what to expect with the game at this point in time.
No, we know what you want: What makes this version remastered. Let's dive right in, shall we?
When something is referred to as remastered, it usually means its given a new coat of paint to look better than ever. The Last of Us: Remastered is no exception. The game looked good on the PlayStation 3 and now it will look even better on the PlayStation 4. The Last of Us: Remastered features the following technical improvements:
- Higher resolution character models, meaning better looking characters
- A 1080p resolution
- Upgraded textures
- Improved shadows and lighting across all areas of the game
And that's not all that will be available! Sony is providing more details in the coming months and we'll update this article as we hear more.
New Teen Players Reactions
Watch gamers play The Last of Us for the first time. How did you react when you first played it?
If you've already played The Last of Us, you may wonder if there is anything in this package that will make the game worth purchasing again (outside of better graphics). If you're a fan of the game, you will definitely want to check out the new director's commentary featuring the following cast and crew:
- Creative Director and Writer, Neil Druckmann
- Voice Actor Troy Baker, who plays Joel
- Voice Actress Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie
This commentary will play over every single in-game cinematic, giving you new insights into the world of The Last of Us.
All DLC Is Included
The Last Of Us: Remastered will include every piece of downloadable content released to date:
- Left Behind, the award winning single player DLC
- The Abanded Territories multiplayer DLC pack
- The upcoming Reclaimed Territories multiplayer DLC pack
The Birth of The Last of Us: Remastered
In a video interview with IGN, Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells discussed that development on The Last of Us: Remastered began as soon as development wrapped on the PS3 version.
"We had a lot of people on the forums saying ‘can I play this on PlayStation 4?’ We had actually been anticipating that, and started working on it pretty much as soon as we finished the PlayStation 3 [version]. We weren’t sure if it was going to go anywhere, but when we saw the fans clamouring for it we doubled-down, and put more effort behind it".
The Reason Behind Porting the Game
Sony has revealed the reason behind the port of The Last Of Us, and it's because many PS4 users have not played the game on PS3!
According to the trophy data, many PS4 owners have simply not played this award-winning game, an issue that Sony wants to rectify, claiming that everyone should have the chance to play this amazing game.
In an interview with MCV, Sony claimed that "[it] can see how many PS4 owners have played The Last of Us by looking at its PlayStation Network data" and that number was incredibly small.
A Learning Opportunity For Naughty Dog
Naughty Dog has revealed one of the many reasons for porting The Last of Us to the PlayStation 4: It's a learning opportunity for the company.
In an exclusive interview with GameFanatics, Naughty Dog community manager Eric Monacelli elaborated on this idea.
"Internally, we felt that bringing The Last of Us over to PS4 might teach us some things about how we could get our game engine to work on PS4 and in doing so, would help us understand the architecture better for future projects. Also, The Last of Us for PS4 gives us a chance to provide a definitive version of the game in full 1080p with Left Behind and all core DLC included."
If you've previously played The Last of Us, this re-release might not be for you unless you're a huge fan of the game. This release targets those gamers who never owned a PlayStation 3 in the last generation and jumped to the PlayStation brand with the release of the PlayStation 4. For those gamers, $49.99 is a steal for what was one of the best gaming experiences not only of 2013, but of the entire last generation period.
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Game Category: Action / Adventure
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 4/9/2014