One of the mostly critically acclaimed games of last year was Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. The horror-survival shooter won many gamers over with its story of Joel and Ellie, beautiful graphics, gorgeous music, and fantastic atmosphere. It did have some issues with some questionable AI opponents; a story that, while good, was predictable at a lot of points; and some level design feeling stale. With the recent news that the game is getting a PlayStation 4 remastered edition, well…let’s just say that some gamers were a little sour about this news instead of being excited. Some people think this is just a ploy to get more cash, some think that the original release was meant for the PlayStation 4, and there are a handful of other complaints and issues people have with this news. But one thing that is certain now, thanks to Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells, is that that the PlayStation 4 version of the game has been in development since June of last year when the game was released.
“We had a lot of people on the forums saying ‘can I play this on PlayStation 4?’ We had actually been anticipating that, and started working on it pretty much as soon as we finished the PlayStation 3 [version]. We weren’t sure if it was going to go anywhere, but when we saw the fans clamouring for it we doubled-down, and put more effort behind it.The graphic fidelity has been turned up to eleven. We’ve got 1080p, we’re pushing the draw distances further, we’re creating higher resolution character models, better lighting, better shadows.”
— Evan Wells
The Last of Us Remastered Edition will be released sometime this year for the PlayStation 4 with improved graphics and a director’s commentary.
Personally, I can see why people are upset, but I think some people are overreacting to this. Yes it might have been a decision on Sony’s side to get some extra cash, but with how critically acclaimed this game was, weren’t you expecting some kind of Game of the Year Edition anyway? If people are going to harp on this game and Naughty Dog for doing this, you might as well criticize studios like Netherealm Studios for doing the same thing to games like
Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Heck, what about Bethesda or 2K games re-releasing Dishonored, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, or Borderlands? And you can’t say the excuse of “oh that game was good and this one isn’t,” because that’s entirely subjective and beside the point. This will be good for people who couldn’t play this game before, like gamers who were strictly Xbox 360 owners but finally got a PlayStation 4; they can get the entire experience without having to plop down $300 or so plus the game and the DLC.
I really liked
The Last of Us, even with the minor flaws that I listed above. Was it a nine out of ten? Not to me, but it was still a great experience. What do you all think of this? Are you going to pick this game up?
Source: PlayStation Universe