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By August 6, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments
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As if The Last of Us wasn’t already one of the best games of all time, developer Naughty Dog released a new, remastered version of the already near-perfect game.

Sure, the PS3 released some wonderful games from Naughty Dog, like the Uncharted series and more notably, The Last of Us. I grew up playing Crash Bandicoot, so I recognized the developer almost immediately. But when I slid the game disc into the PS3, I had no idea what I was getting into. The Last of Us is like real-life. The graphics blew me away. The vocal work was incredible. And the controls were extremely fluid. I didn’t think that this game could get any better. But then it got better. The Last of Us: Remastered for the PS4. Oh my.

Naughty Dog pulled out most of the stops during the initial release of The Last of Us, but in the new remastered version, the frame rate is doubled. So it looks BETTER than reality. Other than the new photo mode, not a whole lot was added to the remastered version, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a great game. Even if you have The Last of Us for the PS3, The Last of Us: Remastered is still a must buy for the PS4.

When I think of zombie survival games, I think about Left 4 Dead or Dead Island. And let’s be honest, these games were clunky. I mean clunky. They had such huge aspirations – both of those games wanted to create the ultimate survival experience – however, the awkward controls hindered their success.

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Controls aside, they are survival games. You feel a connection with the characters and want to know how the characters survive. What happen is going to happen to them? And that’s why The Last of Us is so good. Not only is it the best zombie survival game to date, the story will crush you. And I mean that in a good way. I’m a full-grown man, and I cried within the first fifteen minutes of game-play. The characters are unforgettable. The enemies will freak you out. You get fully immersed into the world around you. I’m sure the uncanny graphics have something to do with it, but the voice acting is unparalleled.

And this is what The Last of Us does so well. It’s not a shooter, it’s not really even a zombie survival game, it’s a story and you are lucky enough to be involved. Your heart will race from suspense, your eyes will water from emotion and your mind will be blown by the rest.

The Last of Us did everything right. And now, in this remastered version, you get the chance to experience it all over again. It’s one of the greatest games ever made. At times, you’ll feel like a grade-A butt kicker. You’ll snipe some dude from 100 feet out. You’ll be bombarded by a cluster of enemies, and you’ll torch them all with a Molotov. But at other times, you’ll feel helpless. You’ll run around in a fog, essentially blind, and then you’ll run into a hoard of zombies. And you’ll scream. You’ll scream because you are so immersed in the game.

You don’t play The Last of Us. You experience it. You breathe it. You’ll sweat it. You’ll fear it. The Last of Us changed the world of gaming. It changed how we view terror, how we view loyalty and love. And now that The Last of Us: Remastered is within our grasp, it will change the world of gaming again. The PS4 can handle the insane frame rate. But the question isn’t if the PS4 can handle it. The question is… can you?

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