News of a video game remake always sparks a hurricane of discourse. Was it really that long ago? Is this game? For real deserve a remake? This week is the eye of the storm The last of usas fans debate whether the footage in the just-revealed remake looks measurably better than the original.
Announced last night during Hot Geoff Summer’s kickoff showcase† The Last Of Us Part I is a total remake of The last of usNaughty Dog’s groundbreaking apocalyptic action game for PlayStation 3. (Sony accidentally leaked the existence of the remake taking the wind out of the sails of the official unveiling a few hours before the show. Naughty Dog is too developing a standalone multiplayer The last of us spin-off† Part Iwhich offers enhanced visuals and “modernized gameplay” will be out September 2 for PlayStation 5 and later for PC.
When The last of us came out in 2013 and was widely regarded as the new plus ultra of graphic fidelity for its time. The remastered version for PlayStation 4, released in 2014, looks even better. One could argue that, at least in the age of diminishing returns for graphic fidelity, The Last of Us Remastered is already a pretty modern looking game.
Two sides of the debate The Last of Us Part I‘s visuals can be neatly summed up by one of two statements made in response to Naughty Dog’s announcement of Part I on Twitter†
- “This doesn’t look much better than the remaster”, one person wrote†
- “The difference is unbelievable”, wrote another.
Straight away, Twitter is flooded with images compared side by side The Last of Us Part I to his predecessors. Some mashed-up screenshots from the remake against the 2013 original where the muddier footage is noticeably grittier. Others use the remaster as a starting point, which comes across as comparing a very nice game with a Very nice game.
I don’t care what anyone says, a The Last of Us Remake is completely justified.
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) June 9, 2022
Some people go into the weeds and acknowledge visual improvements, while also expressing disappointment at the changes in art direction these improvements bring. For example, Joel, the protagonist, looks more weathered and tired in the remake, bearing a greater resemblance to his 2020 character model The Last of Us Part IIset several years after the events of the first game.
The unveiling also has raised some questions as to whether a remake of a relatively recent – and relatively beautiful – game is worth the allotment of Sony’s resources. Naughty Dog, one of Sony’s most prestigious first-party studios, could be working on something different now or that is another item in his popular not mapped series or an extension for The Last of Us Part II† (Last night, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann said he’s working on a new project in the studio, but didn’t share any further details.)
Others have falsely argued that a remake isn’t a Naughty Dog passion project, but rather part of a Sony-directed marketing push for the upcoming television adaptation. (Druckmann, who is an executive producer on the show, still teased a single production during last night’s event, with stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey crouching in a dimly lit room.) The series, currently in production on HBO, has no release date.
There’s logic behind the idea that ahead of the show’s upcoming premiere, Sony might want to encourage newbies and refresh the memories of longtime fans. However, it is purely speculative. Sony did not respond to a request for comment.
Just to be clear, I’m… not quite sure where I stand with all of this! That’s a question for Future Me. I mean, who knows! Could be The last of us feels like a brand new game with controls updated to 2022 standards. Maybe the visuals on PS5 are popping in a way I can’t comprehend until I play it in action. These are the kinds of things that cannot reasonably be judged until a game is out.
But there’s one insult that I can damn well judge today: $$$$. The Last of Us Part I is listed on the coming standard price point for next-generation games, with editions ranging from $70 ($97) for the base to $100 ($139) (with the more expensive editions including a slew of in-game perks and baton equipment). PS5 owners who subscribe to PS Plus can currently get The Last of Us: Remastered without extra costs. It is one of the games in the PS Plus Collection.
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