Is The Last of Us Part II Remastered Worth It? A Critical Analysis

The first part of The Last of Us series is a masterpiece of its generation, the remaster of this game is long awaited but...

by Sededin Dedovic
Is The Last of Us Part II Remastered Worth It? A Critical Analysis
© Shirakko / Youtube channel

The Last of Us Part II Remastered, the version of the game that generated a lot of attention after the release of the original. For many, the original The Last of Us is a masterpiece in the world of video games, setting high standards for narrative games.

When the PlayStation 5 Enhanced Edition was announced, many were interested to see how this upgrade would handle the already high standards set by its predecessor. The Last of Us Part II is realistically speaking not a good video game.

With little improvement in performance and a terrible and inconsistent story, TLOU Part II left a bitter taste. After the relatively good Part 1 remake that we played last year, we now get a Part II remaster for which the developers didn't seem to put enough effort.

First, it is worth considering the technical aspects of the game. Graphics are, of course, a key factor in evaluating any remaster. The Last of Us Part II already impressed players with its visuals on PlayStation 4, but with the PS5 patch, the game has received performance improvements, now allowing gameplay at 60 FPS.

This is a significant change for those who appreciate fluidity in character movements and faster control response. However, apart from these technical changes, the graphical experience remains almost unchanged compared to previous editions, which may disappoint those who were hoping for significant visual improvements.

The Last of Us Part II Remastered Gameplay© Shirakko / Youtube channel

When this patch came out, three years ago now, they promised additional improvements for the PS5, they just didn't say that they would charge extra for them.

The animations are fluid, the world is full of details and there are no changes at the graphic level. You still have the option of 30FPS 4K native resolution or 1440p stretched to 4K where they aim for 60FPS. This 60FPS only works in the first third of the game or in closed rooms Furthermore, the additional content included in this remaster did not impress many players.

The unfinished levels and the ability to play the guitar are interesting additions, but they don't add significant value to the game experience. Unfinished levels provide insight into the game's development process, but without concrete contribution to the gameplay itself.

Playing the guitar, while enjoyable, can quickly become boring and is not deep enough for players to invest significant time in the activity. Added three levels, mostly in alpha, that are full of unfinished animations and bugs, and rarely have dialogue.

The point is that through these levels you can listen to comments from the developers where they explain the initial idea about the levels and why they didn't make it into the final version of the game. This is pure nonsense and nothing special.

The Last of Us Part II Remastered Gameplay© Shirakko / Youtube channel

No Return, the roguelike mode added to this remaster, represents a significant change in gameplay. However, this change is not welcomed by everyone.

Instead of keeping the original game structure, which was closely related to story and rhythm, No Return focuses on pointless repetition of levels and combat situations. This may disappoint players who enjoyed the game's original structure and rhythm.

You start with few resources and progress through increasingly difficult levels until you pass the last one and then start over. No Return offers several different types of "maps", but they all boil down to the same thing, which gets boring very quickly.

The game features different types of maps that provide a diverse gaming experience. For example, "Attack" maps provide a challenge in which players must defend themselves against waves of enemies, while "Chase" maps put players in a situation where they are being chased and must survive for a certain amount of time.

"Creep" maps challenge players to break into a safe, while "Persistence" maps require players to fight off massive amounts of zombies for as long as possible. At the end of each map, players earn resources that they can use to upgrade their weapons, develop talents, and unlock new characters to improve their chances of success in the next challenges.

One of the main problems of this remaster is the technical problems and bugs that appeared. This is surprising, given that the original game didn't have that many stability issues. The presence of bugs can be frustrating for players, especially when they appear during important parts of the game and affect the enjoyment of the game.

It's so funny watching Lev just float his head around while fighting a zombie. When you take all of this into consideration, the question arises as to whether The Last of Us Part II Remastered is worth the investment. For most players, the answer will be no.

Players who already have the original version of the game and a PlayStation 5 may be interested in this remaster for the extra content, but for most, this upgrade doesn't offer enough new elements to justify the price. Instead, most players will probably prefer to stick with the original release of the game or even wait for a possible future sequel.