THE LAST OF US REMASTERED

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Well, if you’re eager lớn usurp this particular author’s wordy workout, we suppose that the simplest answer lớn that enquiry is very well. This is not a native sầu PlayStation 4 title, & so it lacks some of the razzmatazz of its more immediate contemporaries; it’s certainly missing the glossy in-game sheen of open world opus inFAMOUS: Second Son & first-person shooter Killzone: Shadow Fall. Still, this dank adventure was no visual slouch on a device that was severely outdated half a decade ago, & so you’re not necessarily going to lớn find yourself bemoaning the odd awkward object or clipping hiccup. In fact, the attention to detail – an attribute which underlined all of the original’s achievements – is amplified here, as texture unique has been improved, and the resolution has been increased to 1080p.

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For the layman, that means that you’re going to see every collapsed corridor in much greater clarity than ever before. Don’t think that the polished up presentation is going to take away from the diseased dystopia at the centre of this harrowing plot, however, as enhanced particle effects give sầu the game the dusty sense of decay that makes exploring its residential districts all the more distressing. It’s the perked up framerate that’s the icing on the decomposing cake, though, proving yet again that 60 frames-per-second is vastly superior whenever possible; the performance may not be perfect 100 per cent of the time, but the impact that it has on controller response is quite staggering. In fact, you can toggle lớn the original’s more filmic 30 frames-per-second if you prefer, but it feels like a stuttering mess in direct comparison.


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And this game deserves to lớn be enjoyed in the best conditions possible. While many of the package’s plaudits have sầu stemmed from its heartrending plot, returning khổng lồ it a year later serves as a reminder of how well it plays. A fusion of clandestine infiltration & outright action, you’ll spend much of the game propped behind knee-high objects scavenging for utensils that will give sầu you the upper h&. Everyday items such as scissors, sugar, và alcohol can be combined to concoct makeshift explosives & medication kits, with many of the same products required to craft offensive và defensive instruments. As such, you’ll need to plan your approach carefully – especially on the more challenging settings, which reduce your resources lớn depressing degrees. Speaking of which, if you’re already well versed in the art of thriftiness, then you’ll discover all of the difficulties unlocked from the offset here.


Alas, however you decide lớn thử nghiệm your levels of endurance, you’ll find that it’s the outstanding pacing that keeps you engaged. Despite offering a substantial single player campaign – some 15 to trăng tròn hours in length – there’s a definite deftness to lớn the way that encounters are designed. Infected enemies at a more mature state of mutilation will have lost the ability lớn use their eyes, meaning that you’re miễn phí to lớn meander aao ước them as long as you remain as muted as possible. Elsewhere, fellow survivors will try to lớn fight you for supplies, completely changing your approach. The game’s at its absolute award-winning best when these elements are combined, but there’s an effortless unique khổng lồ the way in which disparate segments segue that will lure you into running through the narrative sầu in as few sittings as your lifestyle will allow.

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And the Californian company maintains this competence in multiplayer, where the experience also surprisingly shines. Adopting the survival aspects of the main storyline, this sees you work through 12 weeks of resistance as either a Hunter or a Firefly – opposing factions struggling for superiority in a post-apocalyptic world. Each round that you play here represents a full day, with your earnings employed khổng lồ sustain an evolving crew. It’s a quirky progression system that pulls in data from Facebook khổng lồ enjoyable effect, & it’s married lớn a competitive combat mechanic that encourages a pack-like mentality irrespective sầu of the mode. On that note, there are three primary options here, spanning the straightforward Supply Raid to the SOCOM inspired Survivors, but it’s the newly added Interrogation that may well be the highlight.

Of course, all of the downloadable maps from the PS3 version are present & correct, as is the Left Behind expansion from earlier in the year. This acts as a prologue of sorts, pointing its shattered lens more prominently at the potty mouthed Ellie & her quarantine companion Riley. Compared to lớn the core chiến dịch, this four hour added extra is distinguished by its light hearted approach, which adopts a more exploration focused format – even if it does conclude with a combat encounter that’s likely lớn define the direction of the series’ inevitable successor. Elsewhere, other original additions include an entertainingly deep photography toolkit, allowing you lớn capture characters và environments in realtime, as well as cut-scene commentary from key cast members Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson.


Conclusion

The Last of Us Remastered was unlikely to be anything less than sublime, and that’s the expected outcome that we’ve sầu arrived at here. While its PS3 precursor prevents it from possessing the level of next-gene gloss that its native sầu PS4 contemporaries contain, this is still a mighty fine looking title, và its framerate & resolution improvements only serve to lớn solidify that. Of course, the onboard add-on packs & smattering of superfluous extras ensure that this is the definitive sầu edition of an already outstanding affair – but, unsurprisingly, it’s the touching tale at the heart of the package that once again sets it apart from its peers.

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Outstanding 10/10

Scoring PolicyReviews copy provided by Sony Computer Entertainment


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A true PlayStation veteran, Sammy"s covered the world of PS gaming for years, with an enormous Trophy count to lớn prove it. He also likes tennis games way more than you.