The Last of Us is widely considered as one of the best, if not the best game of the previous generation. It is no surprise that Sony decided to bring Naughty Dog’s PS3 masterpiece to the PS4 for fans to enjoy. The Last of Us: Remastered benefits greatly from the extra power of the PS4, allowing Naughty Dog to give the game a massive visual overhaul in addition to boosting the frame rate.

For the static elements of the game, such as the story, gameplay, voice acting and sound, please see our original PS3 review of the game by clicking here. This review will discuss the benefit of the Playstation 4 on the game, and the quality of Naughty Dog’s remaster.

The Last of Us: Remastered includes all the great things the original had; a sensational story, incredible characters, powerful bonds, impactful events, stellar gameplay and magnificent overall presentation. However, there was one area in which Naughty Dog were limited with the original PS3 game: graphics. Naughty Dog, as any of you who played the game know, did an outstanding job with what they had on the Playstation 3 version. No other developer managed to squeeze the same level of performance from the PS3 when crafting their games. However, with the additional power of the PS4, Naughty Dog have been able to present The Last of Us with visuals as breathtaking as the rest of the game.

The Last of Us: Remastered runs at a native 1080P, 60FPS. This is a massive improvement over the 720P, 30FPS PS3 version of the game. However, the visual upgrade extends beyond that; the world is more vivid, textures are more crisp and characters are even more life-like. It is akin to turning the settings from high to ultra, 720P to 1080P and 30FPS to 60FPS on a PC game. The performance achieved in this remaster makes me excited about what Naughty Dog will pull off in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, releasing in 2015. As always, I’m sure they will impress us all.

The Last of Us: Remastered also includes an option in settings which we hadn’t heard of before review copies had been sent out; a 30FPS lock. This 30FPS lock allows you to decrease the frame rate of the game in return for increased shadow quality. Some fans of the game had worried that Naughty Dog had decreased the quality of the shadows in order to push the game to 60FPS, however, this is thankfully not the case. While the 30FPS lock does noticeably increase the quality of shadows, shadows are still far superior to the PS3 version when running at 60FPS. In all honesty, the increase in shadow quality was not major, and I feel that running the game at 60FPS is more beneficial. Despite this, I think it was a great choice by Naughty Dog to allow players to make the choice for themselves, so, kudos to them!

In addition to the visual improvements, The Last of Us: Remastered includes a lot more content too. Every piece of DLC released for The Last of Us to date is included in the PS4 version free of charge. This includes the incredible single player DLC “Left Behind” and all of the multiplayer expansions. This means that players will have a massive amount of multiplayer content available on DAY 1, providing a game even better value than the original PS3 version. If you are looking for bang for your buck, TLOU: Remastered should be on your list!

Of course, the benefits of a PS4 remaster run even deeper; you can now take screenshots & videos, stream the game to your friends, use the superior Dualshock 4 to play the game and benefit from a quieter console (the PS3 got pretty loud when running TLOU!). Unfortunately, there is only one drawback to the PS4 version, which is inevitable; a requirement for a lot of storage space. On my PS4, The Last of Us: Remastered required a 43GB install prior to playing. In fact, I even had to delete a game to play TLOU, my hard drive was already full! This may not be a problem for people with only a few games, however, if you plan to play the game on a regular basis, you’ll need to keep 43GB constantly free. This is not so much as a negative, but an unavoidable consequence of bringing the game to the PS4. In my opinion, giving up the 43GB is worth it, for this game.

In addition, Naughty Dog have also added a photo-mode to the game. This allows you to change camera angles and other settings while the game is frozen in time, in order to take great screenshots. This is another example of the fact Naughty Dog are willing to go above and beyond when crafting their titles. Make sure you take a look at photo mode in the video below:

Overall, The Last of Us: Remastered improves on Naughty Dog’s masterpiece. The graphical improvement is phenomenal, as is the increase in content. If you haven’t played this game and want to experience it in the best way possible, the PS4 version is worth the extra price. If you have already played the game on PS3; play it again on PS4! The Last of Us is an flawless title, something we are not treated to often. Make sure you pick up this one!