Right at the forefront of pop culture right now, you don’t seem to be able to turn without hearing something about The Last of Us. Whether it’s the upcoming television adaptation over on HBO, or thofremake to one of 2013’s very best games, and arguably one of the games of the generation, The Last of Us.
Contentious as remakes may well be, The Last of Us Part I seems to be generating quite the buzz, with the game now revealing a launch trailer, ready for its release on September 2nd.
The Last of Us
As already said, the first game was released on the PS3 back in 2013. Winning awards, fans and critics love alike, it’s considered one of the best games of the PS3 to this day. Following Joel, a survivor of a world ravaged by pandemic, who comes across a young girl Ellie and attempts to help her survive the harsh world that surrounds them.
“Joel, a grizzled survivor of a dangerous post pandemic world, who has slowly lost his sense of morality after the loss of his daughter, and Ellie, a young girl with her own struggle to find real human connection, are forced together and must travel across the U.S. in search of a feint hope for the future of humanity.”
In a story that’d resonate with a lot of people after the last two years – albeit we’ve not got random clicking monsters walking around after COVID-19 – there’s a strong case to be made for why it’s been given a remake. In fact, another remake, as the game was ‘remasterered’ for PS4 back in 2014. The story is second to none and nearly ten years on, still used as a benchmark against other games and their stories, the combat at the time felt immersive and intuitive, and the graphics were pushing the PS3 to its limit at release. Now, however, the graphics are outdated, the combat is far from modern and the story is… well the story is still emotional, heart-breaking, and fantastic.
The Announcement Trailer Will Excite Or Annoy You
When announced, the grounds-up remake was met with contention. Some fans were seemingly annoyed a game less than a decade old was getting a remake, and others appropriately annoyed at the full price tag stuck on it. On the other side of the coin, a lot of people are excited at the thought of a graphically updated, modernized gameplay version of one of their favorite games.
The tale of excessive remakes and remasters is becoming a regular discussion, with constant ‘updates’ to older games being pushed out as an easy moneymaker by game developers, banking on the love of the original to propel sales with minimal effort. Take Grand Theft Auto V and Skyrim for example, two of the biggest perpetrators of this trend, each with multiple remasters over multiple console generations. Whilst not as bad as either of the two aforementioned, it’s understandable why fans are getting annoyed with developers spending their time on remakes of games they still have on their shelves when they could be spending the time making another installment to the franchise.
As you can see in the trailer above, there’s no question about the fact the game looks incredible, and when compared to the earlier versions of the game, it’s night and day as to the quality. The only question now is whether the gameplay is different and improved enough to warrant another purchase.
Of course, this remake will also provide a lot of new fans with their first foray into the universe, with the upcoming HBO show next year hoping for a huge audience, that’ll serve as a well-timed entry for many.
Will you be buying the game come September 2nd?