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THE LAST OF US: RE­MAS­TERED RRP: $ 79.95 ( re­viewed on PlayS­ta­tion 4)

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wil­cox

FOR PlayS­ta­tion own­ers that some­how missed The Last of Us when it de­buted just over a year ago, it is a multi- award win­ning, story driven third- per­son ac­tion- ad­ven­ture, with a sprin­kle of hor­ror and sur­vival.

The story fol­lows your av­er­age ev­ery day guy, Joel, who has been tasked with es­cort­ing ado­les­cent El­lie across an in­fec­tion- rid­den post- apoc­a­lyp­tic Amer­ica.

And they must achieve this by us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of stealth, team work, and touch of brute force.

Based on record sales of the orig­i­nal game, it’s fair to say the vast ma­jor­ity of PlayS­ta­tion 3 own­ers have al­ready reached the rolling credits of this game.

For own­ers of the newer PS4 con­sole, how­ever, this is an en­hanced ver­sion made ex­clu­sively for you.

Ex­pect marginally im­proved vi­su­als, with crisper images and smoother animations, as well as some ad­di­tional au­dio im­prove­ments.

You also get all the ex­tra down­load­able map packs and the campaign ex­pan­sion bun­dled in, that pre­vi­ously came with a price tag.

To be hon­est, the orig­i­nal game­play has only seen slight im­prove­ment in this new ver­sion, which isn’t a bad thing as it needed lit­tle im­prov­ing.

Last year’s game al­ready fea­tured smooth and in­tu­itive me­chan­ics, so any game­play en­hance­ments come mostly through the unique fea­tures of the PS4, such as ac­tions that can be car­ried out us­ing the touch- pad con­troller.

The cast of char­ac­ters and the en­gag­ing story- telling re­main the high­point of this game, and this is all still in­tact from the orig­i­nal.

And as al­ready men­tioned, you get the com­plete pack­age in­clud­ing an ad­di­tional sin­gle- player campaign that ex­pands on the story, plus a hand­ful of on­line mul­ti­player maps.

The ques­tions many, like my­self, have pon­dered is, has this re­mas­tered ver­sion ar­rived too soon af­ter the orig­i­nal, and is the ask­ing price right for a slightly en­hanced ver­sion of a yearold game.

While I can highly rec­om­mend this to any­one new to the se­ries, for those that have al­ready played it on PS3, and you now own the newer con­sole, it’s hard to see the value in pay­ing full price again.

Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

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