The Last of Us Remastered PS4 Review: an almost perfect translation to the next generation
31 July 2014
Summary: Naughty Dog gives PlayStation gamers a second, definitive chance to experience one of the greatest video game stories. The Last of Us Remastered's additional content, visual enhancements, and improved performance leave very little standing in the way of a perfect encore.
Pros: Increased realism and immersion, Multiplayer much more accessible, All PS3 content in one package
Cons: Fake-looking blood, Sliding grapples and punches, L3 for Photo Mode
Conclusion: The Last of Us remains a must-play, genre-defining action survival game, and the Remastered version brings with it plentiful tweaks and additional content that make it well worth the asking price.
Pros: Powerful, mature storytelling, Intelligent, ultra-versatile combat, Jaw-dropping visuals--even more so on PS4, Great multiplayer modes
Conclusion: A fleshed out Ellie story that brings you right back into the rich, dismal world Naughty Dog has crafted so thoroughly, The Last of Us: Left Behind is the DLC fans of the original never even knew they wanted.
Excerpt: The Last of Us is one of the greatest videogame experiences ever created. You can argue that there’s too much action, that the progression is linear, that the bodies pile up as they always have and will. But what you can’t deny is the groundbreaking character development and narrative flair that this DLC continues with aplomb. If art is affecting, both Left Behind and its parent game could well be art.
Excerpt: The following review contains minor spoilers for The Last of Us Prequels must pass one of two criteria in order to be effective: they must either A) provide new context that enhances the quality of the original work, or B) provide character development that wasn’t present in the original. Most prequels fail to meet either of these marks, usually falling somewhere between “unnecessary” and “a waste of time.
Excerpt: It’s hard to believe that nearly six months have passed since The Last of Us came out and delivered the greatest story ever told in gaming. Joel and Ellie’s journey together had all the makings of a cinematic blockbuster, and gave proof to PS3 owners that the system not only still had life in it – but could deliver some of the most beautiful visuals in games even with its successor on the horizon.
Excerpt: The Last of Us: Left Behind is the first singleplayer downloadable content released for the game consisting of two intertwined flashback sequences played from Ellie’s perspective. Developer Naughty Dog recommends that you play Left Behind after completing the main game as this DLC contains a couple of major spoilers related to The Last of Us’ plot.