The Last Of Us PS4: Let's Not Over-Think This
There are times when a subject doesn't deserve half the attention it gets.
In the case of The Last Of Us: Remastered, this is definitely one of those times.
I get that with all the high-definition overhauls, upgrades, remakes, remasters and what have you, this has become a touchy subject among gamers. I understand. I also get that previous titles like Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition laid the groundwork for the current TLoU controversy: Specifically, how can you sell essentially the same game again for $60? A game that will have been out for over a year when the new version arrives?
Thing is, nobody's going to win this argument. That's because both sides are completely correct: If you've never played The Last Of Us, spending $60 on what is guaranteed to be the definitive version makes perfect sense. You probably can't wait to do it, especially given all the praise this game has received over the past year. If, on the other hand, you've already played it, you're probably not too keen on spending another $60. Well, of course not. Just because it has all the DLC and some other goodies (like director and actor commentary) doesn't mean it's worth full pop again.
Nobody would dispute either side. It's just depends on the camp you're in; for example, if you're in the "never played it" camp, you're anxiously lying in wait for this bad boy. And there's nothing wrong with that. Of course, people will ask if Sony is just out for a cash grab, in that they're getting away with charging full price for a one-year-old game. And yeah, I understand that gamers are always worried about corresponding slippery slopes (like with microtransactions and the free-to-play model). But let's not over-think this. It is what it is.
If you've already played it, don't buy it. If you want the best version for your collection, wait for a price drop or put it on a holiday or birthday wish list. You don't have to play it again any time soon, do you? And if you haven't played it, I can't imagine what should stop you from buying this superior PS4 version. There. Can't get much simpler.
4/11/2014 Ben Dutka