I am someone who takes pride in being able to admit when I was wrong, so I’ll say it: I was wrong.The Last of Us: Remastered is absolutely fantastic and I was an idiot for ever proclaiming otherwise. Although I’m not so sure if I was “wrong” so much as I operating under less than ideal circumstances at the time of said proclamation.
You see, when I originally played Last of Us on the PS3, I despised it. The problem wasn’t with the game itself; I was bowled over by the incredible intro, the dialogue and setting, and even the amazing visuals. However, the combat mechanics left a sour taste in my mouth. I let that inform my opinion of the overall game without giving it a fair shake.
I mostly blame the hype train, as this was one of those games lauded by both critics and game players alike. It almost felt like a righteous crusade to be one of the unbelievers. However since being gifted a PS4,(which included The Last of Us: Remastered) I decided to give it another go.
I was immediately drawn in. Aside from questionable water/puddle physics, I was floored by the gorgeous design and level of detail. When I got to the tipping point which ultimately curtailed my enjoyment the first time, I came out with even more drive to continue playing. Whatever went wrong the first time must have been a fluke.
I powered through a tremendous amount of the game over the next two days, pouring over every nook and cranny in search of vital supplies, artifacts and safe combinations. I ended up taking at least 35 screenshots and even put together two (of questionable quality) videos to test that feature of the PS4.
Even at the halfway mark, I’m very impressed with this game, and I can see now why it garnered so much praise. This is a fantastic way to start a new console relationship, and I look forward to what comes next.