Thank you, Naughty Dog, for remastering The Last of Us Again

Thank you, Naughty Dog, for remastering The Last of Us Again

This Thanksgiving, PlayStation LifeStyle and its sister site GameRevolution say “thank you” to their favorite games, consoles and developers.

It’s been more than nine years The last of us launched on PS3 and more than eight years since The Last of Us Remastered was released on PS4. Now we enjoy a new generation of consoles and I’m happy to bring The Last of Us Part 1 with us. The original is my favorite single player game of all time, so it’s great to see it updated for the next generation of hardware.

The definitive edition

Though labeled “unnecessary” by some, I’m thankful for The Last of Us Part 1 with its improved visuals and smooth dynamic 4K/60 FPS gameplay, additional Permadeath and Speedrun modes, and a deeper Photo Mode. There are also improvements to AI, smooth animations, and support for DualSense’s unique features. Finally, further improvements to the range of accessibility options are to be commended.

Even without taking those features into account, the fact that Ellie and Joel have been updated to be more like who they become in Part 2 plays a huge part in bridging the gap between the games. This added cohesion will be a great benefit to new players, many of which will follow after the launch of the upcoming TV show.

For the players

The last of us

It’s not just newcomers who benefit from the improvements, either, as I and other “hardcore fans” like an excuse to relive the original story. Like movie fans who like to enjoy re-releases with X minutes of trimmed content, or a slightly scaled-up remaster, there’s just something exciting about the fact that this is the most polished version.

For those who have already played part 2 and know how the story unfolds, replaying part 1 will be a whole new journey filled with intense character analysis. Joel is a tragic hero that a skilled player can analyze more closely, focusing on the little intricacies as his character develops and he walks his dark path. Ellie is also fascinating to watch after playing part 2, especially with the improvements to her character model.

The price is correct

At launch, the only thing stopping me from recommending The Last of Us Part 1 in my review was its $69.99 price tag. While I remain adamant that the game shouldn’t have been priced that high in the first place, I’m happy to say that the price tag has dropped to just $49.99 (Amazon).

So thank you, Naughty Dog, for remastering The Last of Us once again. Part 1 is indeed the final version and the game I will find every excuse to replay for years to come in anticipation of Part 3.

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