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Summer Games Fest has arrived and it brings many games announcements with more still to come in the following days. We have the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase coming and the first proper look of Resident Evil 4 Remake is expected the day after at the Capcom showcase. One title before the start of the event was accidentally leaked. Yes folks Joel and Ellie are back in the remake of the first game or as it’s now called The Last of Us Part 1.

The original game launched in June 2013 on PlayStation 3 and a year later was remastered for PlayStation 4. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago we saw the long-awaited sequel. The original game is a game I hold close to my heart despite its flaws. The enemy AI can be poor or you can have your AI partner walk around and the enemy doesn’t react. In the sequel, the AI is vastly improved. IGN have covered the game and confirmed this news as The Last of Us Part 1 “features new enemy AI based on The Last of Us Part 2, 60FPS performance, and new combat options.”

Visually What Can Be Expected

There are a few comparisons between the remaster and The Last of Us Part 1, based on the trailers. It gives us a look at what we can expect. Some changes are striking and some are very subtle but let’s look at some of the differences across the versions, based on the trailer. The main changes found are taken from YouTube user ElAnalistaDeBits. Another comparison is from Cycu1.

So let’s break down what we are seeing in this footage.

We see that previously pre-rendered cut scenes are now processed in real-time. Additionally, the vegetation along the corner of the building is much more detailed

When we look at Pittsburgh here we see more striking changes. In the original game, we see no reflections in the water. In The Last of Us Part 1, we see crisp clear reflections on the water surface. We also have improved lighting and textures.
Here we see improved lighting and detail. The remake offers more vegetation. It feels more like a post-apocalypse world.
Character models have been improved, especially with the infected and the surrounding details being upgraded.
This scene is one of the more striking for me. Improved lighting is clearly evident.
The hospital scene is interesting as we can add The Last of Us Part 2 into the comparison.

To Conclude

What we see is the upgrades when broken down properly are more extensive than at first glance. However, we also see how much work is already in place in the original game. The original game holds up well even nearly a decade on. What we get in this remake is more than the visual changes. We get the gameplay improvements, quality of life fixes, and other things that will probably be announced soon as well. The PlayStation Blog has more information on what we get with this and no doubt we will see more on this soon. It’s available to pre-order now with a standard and deluxe edition this also includes the prequel DLC Left Behind as well.

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