Is The Last of Us Remastered price justified?
We’re getting closer and closer to the release date of the remastered version for the award-winning PlayStation 3 exclusive title The Last of Us. If you had a PlayStation 3 and never played this game you should be ashamed, and I mean it. Despite the fact that the game’s roots are not original at all, as it’s not the first zombie game we’ve seen so far, The Last of Us was, and still is, one of the best titles available for consoles so far.
While the game was an exclusive PlayStation 3 title for over a year, Naughty Dog finally decided to make it available for the next-generation of consoles. And when I say next-gen, I’m only speaking about PlayStation 4, as the IP will not be leaving Sony’s territory anytime soon. The announcement generated mixed reaction from gamers, and the main concern is not behind the fact they are porting this game, but lays under the unusual price tag.
The Last of Us Remastered edition will be released both digitally and retail at a price of $60. Any newly release game costs this much, but we have to take in consideration that The Last of Us is not really a new title.
So, is the price justified?
The game’s price can be justified just in one scenario. If you never had Sony’s PlayStation 3, and with the release of the new generation of consoles you decided to switch over sides and go for the PlayStation 4, you will now have the chance to try one of the best exclusive games without having to go back and pick up a console just for one game. So, if The Last of Us was on your mind a lot and you only had your old Xbox 360, you now have the chance to play the enhanced version of the game.
If you already have played the game and you still own the PlayStation 3 version, buying it all over again for the same price as it was 2013 is not fair at all. We all know that Sony is considering lowering the price for those who already played it, but why can’t they offer an upgrade as already seen with the transition of several games from old-gen to next-gen (including AC4: Black Flag, COD: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and more)?
This slight problem is also situated in a somehow grey area. The remastered edition of the game isn’t just a HD version of The Last of Us, but also offers all DLC released up to this date. While it’s true value could only be up to $40, the addition of the DLC could compensate in a way for its high price tag.
Let’s say you can pick up the PS3 version of the game for around $30, but buying a Season Pass that includes all the extra content will run you $20 more.
So, the bottom line is that The Last of Us Remaster price could be justified by adding the extra content and allowing new owners of Sony devices to experience a great game from the older generation of consoles… but I still think that an upgrade option should be available.