The Last of Us on the PlayStation 3 was easily the best game of 2013. So when Sony announced unexpectedly that it was remastering the game for the PS4, there was a ton of excitement in the air. Having played through the game once again, it’s safe to say that the game is still remarkable, but with the added bonus of better graphics, smoother gameplay and enhanced features.
If you haven’t played it yet, Naughty Dog created a masterpiece with The Last of Us and the PS4 version is surely the definitive version. The first thing you’ll notice when popping in the game, for those who played it on the PS3, is the higher resolution artwork, which looks like a PC game that has gotten its settings changed from Normal to Ultra. Character models are more lifelike with greater detail, while the environments boast a more vivid appearance. You’ll also see that there’s been improvements in lighting, and overall color scheme.
The game already looked damn good on the PS3, so to see it enhanced is something else. Granted, there are more impressive looking games visually on the current-gen consoles, but still, the game looks beautiful.
One of the biggest changes in my opinion is the framerate though, which has gone from 30 frames per second at 720p on the PS3, to 60 fps at 1080p on the PS4. Naughty Dog even included the option to set the framerate at 30 fps for those that don’t think there’s a difference and honestly, once you get used to higher framerate, there’s no going back. The enhanced smoothness also makes it easier to shoot in the sense that it’s more accurate given that it eliminates some of the choppiness that the PS3 version has by comparison.
Speaking of gameplay, Naughty Dog also lets players map the shooting buttons to either R1 and L1 or R2 and L2. Pressing the touchpad also brings up the backpack menu and the DualShock 4’s speaker also gets used, as you’ll hear sound effects throughout the game that adds a little something to the experience.
A big plus for those playing for the first time will also be the inclusion of previously released DLC. The Left Behind single-player prequel is included as well as online maps and modes that had to be purchased for the PS3 version. The game’s online mode remains unchanged, though the superior framerate helps as well.
And yes, playing The Last of Us: Remastered online is just as awesome as it was the first time around, again aided by a silky-smooth framerate. I suspect the surprising online addiction The Last of Us provided in 2013 will be renewed for some and discovered for the first time for others.
Even for those who have played The Last of Us on the PS3, should consider playing it again on the PS4, if only to see how the game has been improved. This is easily one of the best games I’ve ever played and it’s been a treat to play it again with a few enhancements. No PS4 owner should go without The Last of Us: Remastered in their library.
Final Score: 5 out of 5