THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED
RRP: $ 79.95 ( reviewed on PS4)
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.