The Last of Us Remastered – it Might not be Worth it

The Last Of Us Remastered

In somewhat recent news, The last of Us Remastered was announced and slated for release on the PS4. This is all good news for PS4 owners that have yet to play the game but a slap in the face to PS4 owners who bought the full priced game just a tad over a year ago. While we can argue that it’s always a good thing when a game releases we have pondered the question of if The Last of Us Remastered is part of that category.

What is bothersome about this release is that it is a cry for more money. A game that was already wildly successful just about a year old is setting itself for a re-release for another large chunk of change. What is the most upsetting about this is that it is a game that the developers were fully aware that next gen console where coming soon when it was being made but still decided to release the game and slate itself for a rerelease for more money just one year later.

Another unsettling fact about The Last of Us Remastered is the simple fact that they are considering a game that released just over a year ago to be refurbished enough to re-release. Yes, next-gen technology is considered better than previous gen but is that a big enough difference to make a game that is a year old worthy of a re-release? There are plenty of games that started up the generation of Xbox 360 and PS3 that would be far more deserving of a rerelease than The Last of Us and yet Sony feels the need to ride off the success of last year. Let’s look into the future of gaming and ask ourselves if rereleases of games only a year old is truly what we want to support?

Of course, The Last of Us Remastered is not the only game hopping on board with this trend as Tomb Raider already paved the way for this as well as a Grand Theft Auto V release. This is something we should see die down over the next while as the ‘next-gen’ consoles are still new but it is felt that The Last of Us is stepping over a very blurred line of purity. The PS4 is on top and for that they are getting away with selling and reselling a game to stay there instead of present players with the new stuff we crave.

At least there is no one forcing us to buy the game it is just disappointing to know that those who owned, loved and played this game on the PS3 who own a PS4 won’t get to have that same experience without a steep price. Wait to show love to those who didn’t support you in the beginning with The Last of Us because those who did are now getting the short end of the stick.

28 Comments on The Last of Us Remastered – it Might not be Worth it

  1. It could be that their re-releasing it on the ps4 because the ps4 can play games on 1440P an example is Infamous Second Son you can play in 1440P

  2. Ye gads, entitlement culture much? No-one who’s originally played through TLoU _has_ to buy the new one, and many won’t (it’s still a great game on PS3). I loved Tomb Raider on PS3, but not enough to buy it again on PS4. I’m not unhappy, I had a great time with the game, and I think it’s great those with new consoles can get into it.

    Can we stop judging our happiness by how much other people have, or by forcing ourselves to always have the ‘latest and greatest’, whether we enjoy it or not, and just have fun on our own terms? That this is even a discussion says a huge amount about the level of emotional under-development across large portions of the gaming community (noting it’s also an issue in the broader, non-gaming community as well).

  3. Truthseeker // July 5, 2014 at 1:55 am // Reply

    Duh, of course it won’t be worth it.
    Sony will just laugh at you for rebuying the exact same game as they’re in dire need for money and require to milk everything out of a success.

  4. There were petitions running around as well as twitter posts asking for the release of the Last of Us for the PS4. Naughty Dog complied, and now we are arguing that there is little improvement and a steep price? Be careful of what you ask then, because this is what those movements were after.

  5. Andrew LB // July 5, 2014 at 2:46 am // Reply

    j_nune- Only because it’s upscaled to 1440p. Infamous Second Son barely runs at 1080p/30 on PS4 and all the proof you need is to actually look past the bright flashy neon and examine the low quality shadows, rapid degridation of detail anywhere past like 10ft, poor draw distance, low quality reflections, and terrible filtering on shadows and lighting effects.

    Educate yourself:

  6. It’s pretty much the game of the year version. Happened with uncharted, skyrim, and any other high rated game. All the DLC is included And first time available on PS4 so it’s at least a new game and first chance of playing for others.

  7. DarthDiggler // July 5, 2014 at 3:27 am // Reply

    “but a slap in the face to PS4 owners who bought the full priced game just a tad over a year ago.”

    The Last of Us is $49.95 USD. It includes all the DLC that if you bought on the PS3 would have cost you $59.95 + $19.95 (season pass). That brings the total to just shy of $80.

    That’s $30 off where I am sitting. Considering all the work they put into the game to make it a true next gen title and not just slap a 1080p up-scaler, that seems like a good deal to me.

    I notice you have advertisements on your website. I guess you don’t like working for free. Guess what — neither does Naughty Dog.

  8. CMackthe3rd // July 5, 2014 at 4:16 am // Reply

    I’m sorry, but a game’s worthiness is subjective to the player. I bought TLoU last year and will definitely be purchasing it again this year for the PS4. I will do so because it is worth it for ME. I missed out on all the DLC that I couldn’t purchase at the time and am looking forward to playing through that in addition to being able to play the entire game at 1080p/60fps. Are Sony/Naughty Dog releasing this to make more money? Absolutely, it is the nature of the business. However, like you said, they are not forcing those of us who bought the PS3 version to buy it again for the PS4, that is OUR choice. And honestly, I am sure there is a lot of people who switched console brands for this new generation as well as those who did not purchase the game for the PS3 and now have a PS4. You can’t blame a company for re-releasing what is arguably a masterpiece of a game to reach an audience that might not have had the opportunity to experience it. If they make some money along the way as well as further familiarize themselves with building new games for the new, more powerful, console then that would be better for us in the future when they are able to craft new and more polished experiences for us to enjoy.

    A lot of people are comparing the Halo collection with TLoU: Remastered and saying how much more worth it the Halo collection is. Except that, well, even though I own an XBone, I am not going to purchase that collection because for ME it is not worth it as I have no interest in playing Halo. That, however, does not mean that it would not be worth it for OTHERS to buy because ultimately that is where THEY want to spend their time and money.

    I can understand why you would feel “cheated” that the new users are getting the full experience for less money than what we spent last year buying the original, but, that happens virtually all the time with services like Games for Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus. You purchase games on launch at full price that receive severe price cuts or straight up become free after a few months. How is that any different than re-releasing a game and asking for money?

    TL;DR – Just wait for the TLoU: Remastered to become the PS Plus free game of the month if you don’t wanna pay.

  9. One good reason why it should be remastered is the textures.
    All PS3 games have to go through a stage where the developers choose some assets to be in higher quality than others, rather than putting all the source textures/models straight into the game.
    TLOU was optimised very well, overall, but I think most people noticed a few lower res textures here and there.
    Watching this video
    you see the player keeps zooming in on things.
    It’s not an essential part of the game, but it would be a big difference.

  10. notanhypocrite // July 5, 2014 at 5:17 am // Reply

    Yeah, unlike re-releasing Halo 2? and Halo 1 Re-Remastered for the Xbox One, how many times, 3rd time by now?

    And all for the common good…

  11. The Truth // July 5, 2014 at 5:51 am // Reply

    So you must feel the exact same way about the XOne and PS4 versions of GTA right? Because that’s another game that was successful last year and is releasing again this year. There’s nothing wrong with what they’re doing. If you already own it and don’t want the enhanced version: don’t buy it.

  12. Lets just be honest about this. MS is cleaning the floor with ps4 in regards to exclusives. This is just another fluff game to boast games they currently do not have. Yoshida /Sony said this year 100 games, 90 were indies/3 were exclusives/the rest multiplats. Plus most of these indies PS4 are pimping out will also be on the XB1. Plus more and more games are coming out 1080p on the xb1 now after sdk boost, so ps4 can’t even brag about that no longer. Yoshida himself said that AAA games were to expensive, and to expect alot of indies this generation from them. Sony isn’t in the best finacial situation to be investing in AAA games that cost in the 10 of millions to make only to turn around and break even,if make a profit at all.

  13. SimianFriday // July 5, 2014 at 7:53 am // Reply

    “What is bothersome about this release is that it is a cry for more money. A game that was already wildly successful just about a year old is setting itself for a re-release for another large chunk of change.”

    Do you make this same argument every time there’s a game of the year edition for other games? The fact is, that’s really all this is. If this were called “The Last of Us: Game of the Year Edition” idiots like you wouldn’t be posting this crap.

  14. 1. Nobody is forcing you to buy it again.

    2. Sony has new fans who never owned a PS3 and this gives them a chance to experience it without having to buy a PS3.

    3. People want the best possible version and the PS3 hardware limited those possibilities.

    4. It’s no different from upgrading our music collection with remastered CD’s or upgrading our movie collection from DVD to blu-ray.

    5. Don’t whine about the price, if it’s too high wait for it to be on sale.

  15. You said it yourself… absolutely no one is forcing you to buy this. You are entitled to nothing.

    No one would say anything had this released along-side the PS3 version, but the PS4 wasn’t even out then. At least you’re getting all the extra content and a graphical upgrade.

    Being a dev myself I know that to achieve what they did in the original game with all those memory constraints; they would have had highly optimised techniques that would be specific to the PS3 cell and RSX. The way the game runs would have to be fundamentally changed to get it even run on the platform. That alone is many, many hours of blood, sweat and copious amounts of tears.

    For their efforts I believe the price is fully warranted. Kudos to Naughty Dog.

  16. Badabingbadabooom // July 5, 2014 at 9:37 am // Reply

    DarthDiggler THIS, spot man spot on.

  17. Badabingbadaboom // July 5, 2014 at 9:41 am // Reply

    Spot on DarthDiggler, spot on.

  18. In a word is it worth it if you already bought the game? That word is “NO”. It could look photo realistic and play a great resolution and frame rate and it still wouldn’t be worth it. Make it half off and you would have to decide for yourself.

    • DarthDiggler // July 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm // Reply

      “In a word is it worth it if you already bought the game? That word is “NO”.”

      That’s your opinion. I bought TLOU and the Season Pass and I will be happy to hand Naughty Dog $50 for the PS4 edition.

      As I said before it’s not some up-scaler “remaster” TLOU for PS4 will feature full next gen assets.

      It’s not like they took TLOU and just loaded it on a PC and called it a day. The process resembled making a new game more than the traditional remasters we were treated to with the PS3.

    • It does not look photo realistic! Photo realism is clean, with natural lighting, not some pixetad shadows and ugly anti-aliasing. Not enough power in the PS4. Maybe the PS6 but not before.

  19. Its because a fair chunk of PS4 owners were Xbox360 owners so never played the game,also it will fill in the time till UC4 comes out..
    Somebody needs to call the author a Waaahmbulance

  20. I agree that this is clearly a money grab. Some get offended by me and others saying that but its a fact. I have no problem with it, just calling it what it is. Ultimately, its up to the gamers if they choose to buy it for the first or the second. The disappointing part to me is not this game being remastered, is that this is now possible because of the lack of BC in these consoles.
    I’m not a big BC guy but I’m amazed how that business decision has sparked this one year remaster.
    The other disappointing part is realizing that there are few AAA games (Yoshida), I won’t be surprise that a number of gamers re-buy this game since there isn’t much else for this year.

  21. This subject isn’t even worth writing about. Move on.

  22. Sony brony // July 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm // Reply

    It’s stupid to remake a game that’s barely a year old. They should have waited until the 5 or 10 year anniversary when the PS4 has a larger install base.

  23. victor gonzalez // July 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm // Reply

    you obviously have nothing else better to write…this game is indeed worth it. like Brian said, move on.

  24. You guys are so wrong. This is not a cry for money. Its called giving Your fans what they want. TLOU on ps4 is fan requested. People were asking for this before the ps4 even came out.

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