Hey folks! We know you already own GTA V and The Last of Us after you bought them a year ago. But want to see what they'll look like remastered? Well, courtesy of Digital Foundry, now you can pore over the differences between last-gen and current-gen versions of both.
The GTA V comparison video features reconstructed PS3 footage alongside the GTA V in-engine trailer. The differences are frankly day and night, and the devil is clearly in the details. It looks as though Rockstar went through the whole game and tuned everything up. I was impressed by Los Santos in the original game, there were moments when you had to pause and just take in the world that Rockstar had designed, such was its aesthetic allure.
But this, this is something else. It looks as though the AI has been tweaked a bit too, if that man jumping out of the way of the truck is anything to go by. No more dumb mannequins for us, hopefully. From foam-flecked waves to blades of grass, it's really a very impressive showing indeed, and it makes one wonder just how breathtaking an unfettered PC version might be.
The mind boggles.
The Last of Us, on the other hand, looks almost identical. Let's be honest, the game was pushing the PS3 to the brink with its graphics when it came out, but it's perhaps a little disappointing to see so little by way of improvement here. When you put it next to the GTA V video, the differences in terms of upgrade degrees are palpable.
It's worth noting that in the latest issue of Edge, creative director Neil Druckmann said that Naughty Dog were having an issue trying to fit everything onto one disc for the PS4 version:
“Our cinematics are now running at 1080p and 60fps, and that involved rendering them all from scratch. It’s interesting that now [instead of a technical bottleneck], the bottleneck is ‘Can we fit all this on the disc?’” he said.
Naughty Dog have said that the high-quality assets used in the cutscenes will now be used throughout the game for the remaster, with better lighting and enemy models also included in the list of tweaks. But I'm still not sold on the necessity for this particular revamp, even less than I was for Tomb Raider.
Part of that might simply be because The Last of Us was a technical tour de force on PS3, and GTA V was a bit of a mess of PS3. Given the extent of Rockstar's paint job, fixing the niggles that made the last-gen version of GTA V with a next-gen version seems a little more understandable. And here's hoping that when it does release, we finally get the GTA Online experience that was promised us. As for The Last of Us, these videos just seem to confirm that all this release embodies is a way of marking time.
That said, if they release it at a significantly lower price point than a full, new game, I'm fully prepared to eat my words. But £50-60 mark up for a year-old title with negligible improvements? Jog on.