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Remaster Comparisons: GTA V's sparkles but why did The Last of Us bother?

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Matt Gardner
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GTA V, PS3 games, PS4 games, Remasters, The Last Of Us

Remaster Comparisons: GTA V's sparkles but why did The Last of Us bother?

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.

Sort of.

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.

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Late  Jun. 17, 2014 at 12:18

Damn but I'm impressed with the improvements in GTA.
It's all superficial, but it does make a difference when things look more lifelike!

Off topic, but...
Did they ever put multiplayer heists in?
If I recall correctly, they were supposed to be in from day one, then got delayed, then I never heard anything about them again.
(Edit - having now read the article properly, I guess they didn't put it in.)

Last edited by Late, Jun. 17, 2014 at 12:32
stevenjameshyde  Jun. 17, 2014 at 12:55

The Last of Us exists for people who made the jump from 360 to PS4 without owning a PS3. They will buy TLoU:R in their droves, regardless of the quality of the upgrade

roberttaylor8273  Jun. 17, 2014 at 12:58

GTA V looks really impressive, cant wait to play it again, it might just be me but not such a huge improvement with the last of us(still looks nice), could it end up being two discs?

£50-60 for last of us remastered just were are you looking? if you look around it can be gotten for under £40

Last edited by roberttaylor8273, Jun. 17, 2014 at 13:02
Late  Jun. 17, 2014 at 13:39

...could it end up being two discs?...

I'm no expert but I'd imagine that if it's slightly too big to fit on a single disk they'll cram it on as best they can and then have the rest as a day one patch. (Of course the disk has to still be playable without the patch, for anyone without internet access, so we're probably talking about the download being higher detail surfaces - but I doubt there's many folk that have a ps4 and no internet connection.)

X10  Jun. 17, 2014 at 14:49

I have an internet connection and no PS4, does that count?

Kamille  Jun. 17, 2014 at 14:49

the game looks identical because the trailer is all cutscenes, which are all pre-rendered with the highest quality assets the engine could render at the time (not the console). And I don't think a compressed video from Youtube capped at 30fps will give you a clear enough image of the differences between a 720p/30fps pre-rendered cut-scenes to one that is rendered at 1080p/60fps.

I encourage you to make more sense out of what you write Mr. Matt Gardner. Wait for gameplay first, because the gameplay on PS4 is supposed to look like the cutscenes.

From your own article: "Naughty Dog have said that the high-quality assets used in the cutscenes will now be used throughout the game for the remaster".

X10  Jun. 17, 2014 at 15:17

Looks like they've also added in more NPC's to the GTA V world, do you think that will stay?

ToMuchSun  Jun. 17, 2014 at 15:28

The point of the Last of Us on PS4 is not to sell it to the people who played it on PS3. Sony want to sell it to millions of xbox converts who moved to PS4.

McTruthBurger  Jun. 17, 2014 at 16:12

Because $0N¥ are a dying pauperbrand and are milking every little success they have dry.

pupulion  Jun. 17, 2014 at 16:12

Last of us ps4 runs in 1080p 60fps compared to what is probably just 30fps for GTA5 Ps4. Watch the TLOU ps4 trailer in Naughty Dog's site in full 1080p 60fps and you'll notice the large difference. Also the trailers so far only shows cutscenes.

SauceBoss  Jun. 17, 2014 at 17:44

The Last of Us exists for people who made the jump from 360 to PS4 without owning a PS3. They will buy TLoU:R in their droves, regardless of the quality of the upgrade


This is a damn good point.

Drago_MkII  Jun. 17, 2014 at 19:04

Because $0N¥ are a dying pauperbrand and are milking every little success they have dry.


Always gotta be one huh.

Badassbab  Jun. 17, 2014 at 20:19

Bit harsh to say GTAV was a mess on PS3. It pushed it just as much if not more than TLOU considering the scale of the game.

What I don't like is Sony charging full price for what is essentially more of an HD update than a remaster. If you want top see a remaster look to Tomb Raider and GTAV. Now they look like a proper remaster.

Zarbor  Jun. 17, 2014 at 21:12

And they will charge full price for these remakes. What a travesty in the industry. Can't blame them is idiots will buy it.

sarjio  Jun. 17, 2014 at 22:28

This article is just nonsense. Why do people write this.

The last of us is for people who don't have a PS3 and only a PS4. They can now see the game for the first time. It is very simple.

JumpBackIn  Jun. 17, 2014 at 23:11

And the 360 owners that brought all the lies and **** hype from sony, will be trading in their failstation 4's because there are no games and the best place for the best games is Xbox One.

Xbox360 owners that made the mistake of buying a ps4, and you know it was a mistake... it's time to jump back in my friends... time to trade in the failstation4 for the Xbox Won!!!
Do it !!!

JumpBackIn  Jun. 17, 2014 at 23:12

And the 360 owners that brought all the lies and hype from sony, will be trading in their failstation 4's because there are no games and the best place for the best games is Xbox One.

Xbox360 owners that made the mistake of buying a ps4, and you know it was a mistake... it's time to jump back in my friends... time to trade in the failstation4 for the Xbox Won!!!
Do it !!!

liquidzero  Jun. 18, 2014 at 03:37

We're viewing a side by side comparison of a COMPRISED Youtube VIDEO!!!! Now this is not a proper way to judge any kind of visual improvements... which means that you're simply being silly by doing so.

Last edited by liquidzero, Jun. 18, 2014 at 03:37
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Late  Jun. 18, 2014 at 08:49

Can we argue about which breakfast cereal is best, please? Bored with the console argument.

Actually, that's a daft idea. Everyone knows you can't beat a weetabix with a handful of cornflakes, especially if you use warm milk.

There must be something we can argue about instead...

stevenjameshyde  Jun. 18, 2014 at 09:02

Can we argue about which breakfast cereal is best, please? Bored with the console argument.

It's clearly Cheerios, you Weetabix-munching peasant

X10  Jun. 18, 2014 at 09:36

Just eat a bowl of white sugar and be done with it.

MattGardner  Jun. 18, 2014 at 10:03

I'm a Frosted Shreddies man myself. Or Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes, natch.

For what it's worth, the Xbox 360 -> PS4 argument is a good one. But it still rubs me the wrong way (in both cases in fact) that games only a year old are being re-released at an inflated price point because of a smattering of visual tweaks.

Last edited by MattGardner, Jun. 18, 2014 at 10:19
Late  Jun. 18, 2014 at 10:42

Ugh @ sugar-coated breakfasts.

JonLester  Jun. 18, 2014 at 10:48

LOL @ $hreddies, Cheeri-HOs and Ce-REALLY LAME fanboys.

PC master race all the way. Personal Crumpets OH WHAT

Wow, ranty fanboyism is actually super fun. I see why so many people do it! :D

Last edited by JonLester, Jun. 18, 2014 at 10:49

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