The Last Of Us: Remastered Is Absolutely Fantastic

TrafficI 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.

EllieI 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.

Joel sunsetI 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.

Joel and EllieThe photo mode in the game itself, which allows the player to arrange the camera and remove the HUD in order to capture the best screenshots from various angles and heights, is a great feature.

ForestOutside of racing games, features like this aren’t often included, but they should be in every game going forward.

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.