The Last of Us Remastered Review Roundup

The updated PS4 version of one of last year's most acclaimed games is here, but do the changes make a difference?

The much-anticipated PlayStation 4 re-release of The Last of Us, one of last year's most acclaimed games, arrives tomorrow, July 29. The first reviews of The Last of Us Remastered have been published today, but as the core game is identical to what was released on PS3 last year, you likely have some idea of what to expect as far as its gameplay goes.

What's been more uncertain prior to Remastered's launch were how the improvements would affect the game. We've heard a great deal about the improved visuals and 60fps frame rate; the game can still be played at 30fps (which is what the PS3 version ran at), but developer Naughty Dog has talked about how much a difference 60fps can make. Remastered also makes use of the PS4's new controller, includes a photo mode, and packages in all of the DLC released for the PS3 version.

If you still own a copy of the game on PS3, you won't get a discount through Sony for buying Remastered, which is priced at $50. GameStop, however, will sell you Remastered for $25 with the trade-in of the PS3 game.

A sampling of Remastered reviews follows below. Let us know in the comments below whether you'll be picking it up and if this is your first time playing it--Sony says there are plenty of PS4 owners who haven't done so.

  • Game: The Last of Us Remastered
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4
  • Release Date: July 29
  • Price: $49.99

GameSpot -- 8/10

"The Last of Us is a great action game that you should play if you haven't already. And if you have played it before, the improvements here aren't so dramatic as to make the game feel like a new experience, but it is definitely one worth revisiting. In the world of The Last of Us, as in our own world, love might destroy you, but it's also one of the only things worth fighting for." [Full review]

Game Informer -- 10/10

"All the graphical improvements are wonderful, but you may be wondering if The Last of Us Remastered is for you. Like the best visual updates, Remastered plays like you remember it. If you played 2013's Game of the Year near release and have been dying to return to the dark tale, then this is a great opportunity. If you never played The Last of Us at all, this is absolutely the way to do it. But be careful--you'll never want to go back to the PS3 original again after reveling in all the improvements." [Full review]

USGamer -- 4.5/5

"There's not really enough distance between the PS3 version of The Last of Us and this new Remaster to make it worth double-dipping, unless you're simply that fixated on counting lines of resolution. If you missed out the first time around, though, you really shouldn't let it slip past again. While it often works better as a movie than a game, it still stands at the state of the art. And the writing is good enough to enjoy even if you hate zombie genre fiction (like I do). The Last of Us is about refinement, not innovation, and this version takes the art of refinement another step forward." [Full review]

Polygon -- 8/10

"I might not adore The Last of Us as much as the crowd that Remastered is clearly targeting, but I can't help but appreciate the enthusiasm that has gone into this edition. It reminds me of a great Director's Cut DVD of a beloved movie--a collection of everything a fan could want and a celebration of it at the same time. It's another sign that Naughty Dog understands and respects its fan base, and if nothing else, that's worth supporting." [Full review]

IGN -- 10/10

"In 2013, I called The Last of Us on PlayStation 3 a masterpiece. The same holds true of its PlayStation 4 'Remastered' sibling. You can't go wrong with either version, but with Remastered you'll get a better frame rate that smooths out gunplay, a prettier, sharper look, and a bunch of DLC content rolled into the package from the get-go (not to mention a whole fresh set of Trophies to earn again, if you have a whole lot of time on your hands). Whether you've already experienced it on PlayStation 3 or have no idea what you're missing, The Last of Us: Remastered is worth your time and attention. PlayStation 3's best game just became PlayStation 4's, too." [Full review]

The Escapist -- 4.5/5

"Still, as terrific as the game is, and as nice as the updates are, this is a port, and it does feel like more of a fresh coat of paint as opposed to an actual remaster. These are simply things one would do well to expect so as to avoid any potential disappointment. With preparation in mind, The Last of Us Remastered is a gorgeous looking improvement to an already delightful game, and while it's damn hard to justify repurchasing a game so recently released, Naughty Dog's done a way better job than most in that endeavor." [Full review]

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Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I don't think The Last of Us was perfect, not by a long shot. I thought the story was great but a lot of other stuff really got on my nerves. It didn't really reinvent the third person adventure gameplay but it did them very well. If it had problems it wasn't because it was ugly, remastering it was never going to improve much for me.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

Best writing in a game ever. Maybe not in terms of originality or complexity, but on a sentence-by-sentence dialogue level, it must be the highest quality ever.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@strap_704 hype was when the game was 1st released. Now it's more like withstanding the test of time

Play-Pretend
Play-Pretend

Dont forget to give the multiplayer a try, honestly it is the most skill based pvp since Halo 2 in my humble opinion. I love it. 

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Never played it, have my copy paid for and picking it up tomorrow :)

mr_nee
mr_nee

@eternal_napalm Gratz. played borrowed copy. It's a hoarding wothy game, but once I heard there's a PS4 version coming out - had to wait before getting one

Thathanka
Thathanka

I have never played the Last of Us and never seen any footage of it. I practically know nothing of this game and have intentionally stayed away from it.  Can't wait to play it.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Can't wait to pick up my copy tomorrow. I never played this game either, so to me, this is a next-gen game. The only other game that I considered great for this gen of consoles so far is Dead Rising 3. Both Titanfall & Infamous were good, but not great. 


I think it's pathetic how games have been slowly dribbling out and most of them are ports from last-gen consoles. So far neither Sony nor Microsoft have made me feel good about purchasing their consoles. Hopefully things pick up soon. Once the Wii U gets about 10 good, exclusive, NON-MARIO games to its credit, I'll have to check out that system as well. And when it drops down to the $150 that it's worth.

mattress805
mattress805

Me too! Never had a ps3. Never watched any video or spoilers. Got a couple copies pre ordered. My most anticipated game this summer.

delete-easycomeeasygo
delete-easycomeeasygo

I hope you enjoy it as I did on PS3. I'm really looking forward to playing this game again on my PS4.

CaptainSofa
CaptainSofa

Yea, i have kind of regretted buying my PS4 as well. There just aren't very many games coming out, let alone ones im interested in. Destiny, thats about it. I got a PC and am loving it though.

delete-easycomeeasygo
delete-easycomeeasygo

Great reviews, great game, awesome story, and one of the best PS exclusive game right here folks. Naughty Gods can do no wrong.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim

Worth pointing out that this article doesn't really do a good job showing the sheer consensus about how great the game is and what the vast majority of reviewers are scoring it as.

On Metacritic at the time of this comment:

http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/the-last-of-us-remastered/critic-reviews

Sixteen critic reviews up, and Gamespot's is the only one that has it rated lower than a 9/10 and the metacritic average has it at 95/100. A proper review roundup wouldn't have hunted so far and wide to try and find another review that scored it similarly to Gamespot's massive outlier. (Polygon)

The review roundup of this game is that it is a can't miss masterpiece. You will seldom find such a broad consensus on that point.

delete-easycomeeasygo
delete-easycomeeasygo

So what you are saying is that GS did a poor job on there review? I mean reviews are opinion of the person who play the game and it is up to the gamer if this game is right for you.

mattress805
mattress805

Yeah the reviews are insane on metacritic As a 360 owner last gen , I'm loving the ps4 and have gotten all my xbox friends to convert to the ps4 except for a couple of them. I've even gone so far as buying all my friends their first game and 3 months of ps+! I follow the games.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim

@EasyComeEasyGo 

Nope. Not what I said at all. I was saying that this review roundup does a poor job of capturing what the consensus of available reviews is really saying. It implies far less universal acclaim than what a place like Metacritic is showing because it includes more outliers/lower scores than really exist.

I'm well aware that reviews are always one person's opinion.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Lol, Gamespot is the only one out of 16 reviewers giving it below 90 if you look at Metacritic. Well, let's hear it for different opinions!

mattress805
mattress805

They often have the lowest review in the industry for many games. That's why I usually buy most of the games they give a 9 to.

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

@mattress805 I'm a fan. Most of the stuff they'll call out is nit-picky--but when I've got so little time to play these days, I can appreciate that. 

Triton
Triton

Good game to port to Portsystem4. Hope it does well, and should.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

@Triton Every console or even PC have Remastered Editions of games.  What's your view on GOTY Editions?

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@CrusaderForever Those are ok obviously, just as the Halo collection for Xbox One is ok. Everything's ok unless it's on Ps4, then it's a cash grab port. 

mattress805
mattress805

What's x.bone got this summer. Oh yeah that's right. Nothing. lol I hear the Mast Chief collection remasters 13 and 11 year old games.

everson_rm
everson_rm

Great game! Anyone that didn't played the original release, must give this game a chance. One of the best story teller game. Period!

dirkradke
dirkradke

So get the game if you have never played it before, but if you have played it before don't bother because the improvements aren't worth the cost of entry for most.

EPaul
EPaul

Same scores the PS3 version got last year

Judeuduarte
Judeuduarte

@megablast16 @EPaul I always thought that would be the case. The game came at the end of the life of PS3, where developers could use the console to it's full potential. Even if the new generation is much better it's still a new console so there's still a little bit more to use, i guess. Now if they brought this PC... XD