The Last Of Us Part II Remastered | Hype Check

The Last Of Us Part II Remastered | Hype Check

With PlayStation’s The Last Of Us Part II Remastered now only a few weeks away, we wanted to touch base with some of our team to see how they’re feeling about the game. We’ve seen a range of media up to this point, from gameplay showcases and trailers, we’ve seen the press releases, and heard the talk, but how are we feeling? That’s where we’re bringing Hype Check into the mix; to get a gauge on what the prospective players are thinking. So here’s how we’re feeling about The Last Of Us Part II Remastered.

Matt Hewson

Honestly I am over this trend of re-releasing games that don’t need re-releasing. Naughty Dog has been one of the guiltiest when it comes to this trend. Add to this fact that when I originally reviewed The Last of Us Part II I said it was the greatest game I never wanted to play again and you can understand why I feel like this one isn’t for me. Unless there are some massive improvements that I am not aware of just yet, I am going to let this one sail by into the night.

Jess Zammit

Honestly, I’m okay not playing The Last of Us Part II again. It’s certainly notable for its approach to storytelling, and the extreme discomfort it inflicted upon most of its players will surely be remembered for years to come. But I don’t want to do it again. There are parts of it that I wish weren’t in there, and they aren’t even the parts that made me feel the aforementioned sense of discomfort – they’re just narrative choices that didn’t need to be made. Some of it just… hurt. Is it one of the most impactful games of all time? Absolutely. But it feels recent enough that a technical/QOL upgrade doesn’t make me want to go through it again, even with the addition of some new content. I’m excited for those who do – I’m sure it’ll be stunning.

Jason Hawkins

I played a bunch of TLOU: Part II but fell off. I think it’s totally fine, there’s just so many games vying for my attention that it’s hard to get excited about a remaster only three years after the original came out. In my eyes, releasing a game (even with new content) after a few years for the current gen is fine but there’s very few times it’ll work for me. There’s just too many games. At least it’s discounted for previous owners, that’s a cool move.

Stephen Del Prado

Unlike a lot of people, I have already replayed TLOU Part II, specifically when the 60fps patch dropped for the PS5 – even though I swore I never needed to play it again. I foresee a lot of diminishing returns in this remaster, but am thankful Sony will let me off lightly with a slight upgrade fee as opposed to a full $100+ repurchase a la TLOU Part I. I understand where some are coming from in regards to a replay of this game, and whether it warrants it; I can only share my opinion that I found a second playthrough let some of the narrative beats resonate more than they did in my first playthrough, and I savoured some sections more knowing what was to come. That said, when clocking in at close to 25 hours, I don’t think I quite need a third playthrough under my belt just yet.

Paul James

The Last Of Us Part II is undoubtedly one of the most significantly impactful games of all time, regardless of whether you love or hate it. I exist in both camps, where I both love and hate the game. The game is superb, in almost every way you slice it, but their narrative pursuits tore me up inside in ways that I hate. The Last Of Us Part II breaks my heart in so many ways, and yet, filled my heart in others, and so I’m incredibly excited to return to a game that I’ve been challenged by in so many ways. The introduction of cut content, and the new rogue-like mode, all paired with a range of QOL improvements, sets my heart aflutter, and the fact that it is coming so soon in 2024 gives me every chance of wringing everything I can out of it.

*Editorial note* Paul had written this piece before receiving a review code from PlayStation Australia

Renee O'flynn

I still haven’t forgiven The Last of Us for when it gave me agency in the last chapter of the game, only to tell me I was doing it wrong. Considering the story was the only thing keeping me playing as I often found the gameplay tedious, I haven’t played one since.

How are you feeling about the rapidly impending launch of The Last Of Us Part II Remastered? Let us know on our various social channels!

Time Until Launch (January 19, 2024)


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