THE LAST OF US: RE­MAS­TERED

RRP: $ 79.95 ( re­viewed on PS4)

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wil­cox Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

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

The story fol­lows ev­ery­man Joel ( be­low), 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, team­work and a 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 im­proved vi­su­als, with crisper images and smoother an­i­ma­tions, as well as some ad­di­tional audio im­prove­ments. You also get the ex­tra down­load­able map packs and the cam­paign ex­pan­sion bun­dled in, that pre­vi­ously came with a price tag.

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.

The cast of char­ac­ters and the en­gag­ing sto­ry­telling re­main the high­light of this game.

But the ques­tion re­mains: has this re­mas­tered ver­sion ar­rived too soon after the orig­i­nal, and is the ask­ing price jus­tifi ed for a slightly en­hanced ver­sion of a year- old game?

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

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