The Last of Us
Gamers looking for a solid story with an impressive character development, tense combat with a lot of flexibility, competitive multiplayer, excellent game environment, and an outstanding sound design would absolutely love The Last of Us. Even with its flaws and glitches, it absolutely deserves the hype it's still getting.
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Are we 5 years late? You bet we are. With Naughty Dog announcing the sequel to The Last of Us, The Last of Us II, the internet is seeing the gamers on the edge. Articles, trailers, random guesses to release dates are swarming tech news. Naughty Dog is the same company which has mastered its Uncharted game series. The audience is going back to The Last of Us until its’ sequel’s release for remembering how it truly felt to play one of the best video games ever. Read our The Last of Us Remastered review to find out more.
The Last of Us Remastered Review
Sony Computer Entertainment released The Last of Us for PlayStation 3 on June 14, 2013. It became one of the best selling games, selling a million copies in its first week and about 17 million by 2018. Five years and gamers are still loving The Last of Us, critics are still reviewing it, and haters are still complaining about the glitches. But then because of all the hype, the company has to remaster it for PS4 and believe me, it’s worth playing again now. It has following upgrades to check out.
- 1080p Graphics resolution now
- Up to 60 frames per second
- Lock at 30fps
- Gameplay is more functional
- More difficulty level and bonus commentary
- You can play it on PS Vita
- Mostly on discount on PlayStation Store
Coming back to the game, conforming to the hype, we decided to go back in past and play as the internet likes to call it, one of the best video games. Most sites have rated it incredibly high making it the third best game on PlayStation 3. Reviewers had praised the game for its story, character development, visuals, voice acting, sound design and depiction of LGBT characters. Does The Last of Us deserve this acclaim? Or is it one of those-Fifty-Shades-of-Grey-hype? Read the full review to find out.
We decided to play The Last Of Us Remastered for an in-depth analysis of the differences between the two and of course for the continuation of Ellie’s story, the character we all loved instantly. Caught in the cinematics of the cutscene, we’d a roller coaster of emotions. Boy, do we want to explain it but how do we without giving away the spoilers!? The voice acting is amazing forcing you to immerse yourself in this. You do feel like being in an interactive movie instead of playing a game but that’s how The Last of Us Remastered builds the story and the tension that’s required of a post-apocalyptic genre.
The cutscene delivers. We see the beginning of it all; the outbreak of mutant fungus ravaging the United States, changing humans into the infamous Infected spread throughout the country attacking human hosts. In the suburbs of Austin, Joel flees with his brother Tommy and his daughter Sarah. With their car smashed on the road, the three are on their feet on a road swarmed with the zombies. Running away from them with his daughter in his arms, Joel comes across a military man with high hopes. Their savior. But the events take a twist and the cutscene ends with Joel crying. The game revolves around twenty years later into the future when most of the civilization has become infected. The survivors live in either independent settlements or in nomadic groups.
The Last of Us Remastered: Gameplay
The players control Joel, a smuggler, in his task of saving a teenage girl named Ellie. They have to travel across buildings, forests, sewers and towns for their survival. They can use firearms, weapons, and stealth to keep the normal humans or the aggressive creatures off of them. Most of the gameplay is involved in saving Ellie through controlling Joel; the control is given to Ellie in some moments during the game’s winter segment.
The infected are not the only enemy you have in The Last of Us; the human hosts and military units have become paranoid with the fungus spreading and can gun you down in a single second. The combat is satisfactory with the range of weapons it provides. Long-range and short-range weapons provide a variety to combat. Players can scout for different items like pipes or bats to use and can also upgrade their inventory. Companions like Ellie can help in the combat and announce the location of the infected.
The Last of Us doesn’t primarily focus on combat. There are gaps in which the story builds through characters’ conversations and players also have to solve puzzles in between.
Reviewing a game in 2018 that is released in 2013 is not easy. Games released in the same year set the benchmark for comparison; compare them to each other or/and their early version. A masterpiece of 2013 with no early version calls into account something different to compare it with. You guessed it, go back to the 2013 gaming genre.
When reviewed with a 2013 pseudo mindset, The Last of Us deserves the hype it got. The visuals are excellent and the voice acting makes them more compelling. The hype the story received was noticeable; the star was the relationship between the two main characters, Joel and Ellie. The combat is decent for an adventure-survival genre. We did notice some glitches in the movements but were able to forgive them for the sake of the plot’s continuation.
Combat also had some of its flaws. The infected can hear the quietest of our movements but blatantly choose to ignore loud conversations between the characters. The game observes some rules or settings in some segments but forgets about them in the follow-up sections. You could kill human hosts or military men without being noticed by their companions; another glitch in combat.
This might seem like a problem for gamers with meticulous eyes but were not a big deal for us.
Final Verdict for 2013’s The Last of Us Remastered
For a final verdict, gamers looking for a solid story with an impressive character development, tense combat with a lot of flexibility, competitive multiplayer, excellent game environment, and an outstanding sound design would absolutely love The Last of Us Remastered.
Gamers more interested in settlements based post-apocalyptic games and fine-tuned combat might find it overrated. Still, The TechSeer would rate it 9 out of 10. Absolutely deserving of the hype it’s still getting.