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Should TLoU: Remastered Be Held To Next-Gen Standards?

The Last Of Us: Remastered has gone gold, and I've got a question for all the critics out there:

How will you review the game? To what standards will you hold this revamped title?

Technically, The Last Of Us is a last-gen (or current-gen, depending on your definition) production. Just because this is a remastered version doesn't make the game new, so maybe reviewers shouldn't be comparing the game to what we have today. Then again, isn't that what we're supposed to do with all new products? Compare them to currently available products that would be in direct sales competition? That's only logical, right?

At the same time, and despite all the improvements and upgrades, The Last Of Us: Remastered isn't a next-gen game, now is it? It was designed for the PS3 and that's that. Of course, one could argue that even the original TLoU is better than anything we've seen on next-gen consoles to date. And if you believe that, the waters get even murkier. Then you start wondering if Remastered should indeed be held to next-gen standards, and maybe it could also be considered for Game of the Year in 2014.

I guess it all depends on how you view this Remastered effort.

Related Game(s): The Last Of Us: Remastered

Tags: the last of us remastered, tlou remastered, the last of us ps4

7/14/2014 10:14:24 PM Ben Dutka

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Night_train80
Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 11:24:16 PM
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How will you answer your own question Ben? Will you review the Remastered version at all? If you do, will you go in thinking of it as a fresh game or will you be comparing it to the game you've already played?

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 8:54:33 AM

Both, I would imagine. How has it improved and how does it stack up to today's standards. In fact, that's what I expect.

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Corvo
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 12:41:21 AM
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And whats the deal with airline food.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 8:55:00 AM

Is this meant to be a declarative sentence?

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 12:48:04 AM
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I suppose the only thing you can compare it with is other remasters of 7th gen games!
Playing this for the 1st time on ps4 will blow the socks off of newcomers.

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trumpetmon65
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 2:00:38 AM
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Review it however you want to as long as your review agrees with what I think about the game before I even play it.

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Cesar_ser_4
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 3:03:52 AM
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They are called "remasters" for a reason. So to some extent they should be compared to what is available today, and fully compared to the PS3 version.

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Big_Boss90
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 4:45:32 AM
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No it should be viewed as a remastered, remake because thats what it is. Its not
Next gen, just because it has the title (remastered) does not make it next gen. And no it will not be goty 2014 the game has already been there no need to do it again.

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mustang750r
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 5:11:20 AM
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These new remasters should be held to the same standards as the previous gen of HD remasters. Did the developers meet their goals in remastering? Have the controls been enhanced or bettered for the current gen of controllers? Has the content been altered from the original that it feels new? Does it take advantage of what the console can do? Edit : Does it make the original look old compared to the freshness?

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 8:27:47 AM
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No

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 8:53:27 AM
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Hopefully, the majority of the readership is able to read a review and understand the difference between a remaster and a new production.

As for comparisons, I know some people complain, but that's just stupid. If it's a vast improvement, people will want to know, even if it doesn't quite measure up to new PS4 games. On the flip side, you can be sure people would want to know if it somehow looks better than anything we have so far, too.

In short... you can't have too much information. And that's the most important part of a remastered game. If people want to know if it was amazing for it's time, the old reviews of the original would confirm it.

I would also expect a recommendation... should new players who haven't touched the original play it (obviously a yes), and more importantly, is it a wise investment for those that already completed the original?

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Deleted User
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 8:59:08 AM
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Amazing for its time? That was last year. lol.

Edit: Meant as a reply to my bud, Underdog

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 1:36:15 PM

If you can edit, you can delete, then repost as a reply. I've done that before.

You're a tricky one, mister. Sometimes the fact this is a new generation matters to you, and other times it does not. We'll never know which, will we!

Anyways, I was referring to general practice when reviewing remasters or remakes. I would expect the same considerations in a reviewer who reviews TLOU Remastered that would be made for an Uncharted: Drake's Fortune remaster or FFX/X-2 remaster. But then maybe it's just me and my desire for consistency in evaluations.

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DemonNeno
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 10:00:37 AM
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I think it'll be a decent measuring tool to determine how much more capable the next-gen hardware is compared to the last-gen. While it shouldn't be treated as a full blown next-gen game, it will provide a better idea of what tricks the ps4 can perform. The biggest question most have asked is if the ps4 is a vast improvement over the ps3 and we're going to get a better look at how well it'll perform, how much more it can compute, and what the extra horsepower can produce on the filtering side all at once. Pixel Shaders, antialiasing, and lighting effects should provide a different look and feel.

It's going to be interesting to say the least; it's naughty dog after all. I'm approaching it with the mindset that there are limitations to what can be done (without starting entirely from scratch), but will be able to better judge it once we see exactly how much they revamped the modeling and Shaders.

Next Gen? Nah. I'm sure that's why they can get 1080P out of it. Otherwise, I'd imagine that they would drop it to 900p and lock frames at 30fps to compensate. I'm not convinced 1080p and 60fps will beentirely possible with the next Gen. Better Shaders and higher polygon modeling, however, is much more reasonable.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 10:38:38 AM
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I believe it's worth another review since it has the following added:

Upgraded graphics in 1080p and 60FPS
Includes additional game content: over $30 in value
Delve into Ellie's past in Left Behind, the single-player prequel chapter
Eight new multiplayer maps in the Abandoned and Reclaimed Territories packs
In-game cinematic commentary from the cast and creative director.

I am looking forward to double dipping on The Last of Us. I originally bought it digitally on the PS3. I loved the game and finished it with listening turned on. This time I am going to play it in all it's 1080p 60FPS glory with listening turned off. I am also going to try the MP for the first time and see what all positive vibes are about. Never played the Left Behind DLC either so there are many good reasons to purchase the game again. Personally, I really want to support ND as they have brought me some of my most treasured gaming experiences.

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Memrek
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 10:57:29 AM
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This game has already been reviewed and its barely a year old. Since it is a remaster the review should touch mainly on the improvements from the PS3 version.

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BigDanT
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 11:37:36 AM
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I think it should be reviewed with the current level of games. When I played Tomb Raided definitive edition on PS4 that certainly felt like it was up with other games I've played on PS4. So they should have no problem doing the same thing with the Last of Us.

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