Boss Rush Banter: Is the Last of Us Part I Remake Just a Cash Grab?

One of the several announcements during the June Summer Game Fest was a remake of The Last of Us Part I, which will launch September 22, 2022 on the PlayStation 5 (with PC in development). This blockbuster IP originally released in 2013 and already underwent a remaster in 2014. Do we really need a third release of a video game that hasn’t even been around for ten years? Are the announced enhancements worth the $70 price point, or is it a greedy cash grab?

Let’s look at what Naughty Dog is promising: improved controls, expanded accessibility options, and modernized gameplay. They will utilize the PlayStation 5 hardware to implement 3D audio, adaptive triggers, and haptic feedback.

Many debated online if the graphics looked much different, and I’ve heard both arguments. Although you’ve likely seen the comparisons already, here is just one:

Courtesy of PlayStation Blog (Via GYFCAT)

In my honest opinion, I believe the answer is a little bit of both. Fans already received a remaster, and to have the most up-to-date game at $70 for the Standard Edition, does seem greedy. However, with enhancements that seem to bring the same on par with The Last of Us Part II and utilizing next gen technology, it will be worth while to either brand new gamers or massive fans of the franchise. Personally, I feel the remastered version wasn’t broken, so why fix it? And if Naughty Dog wanted to “upgrade” it according to the PlayStation 5, they are more than welcome to…but at a more reasonable price. Keep in mind, that $70 applies only to the Standard Edition. The Digital Deluxe will retail at $80, and the Firefly Edition will be a whopping $100.

I wish I could refuse to pay money on a game I already own and has not really seen the negative side of aging (yet), but the jury is still out on whether I will purchase it.

What do you think? Is the $70 price point fair for The Last of Us Remake? Are the updates significant enough? Please share your thoughts with us on our Boss Rush Facebook Group or our Boss Rush Discord.

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Sources: PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog

Image Source: Naughty Dog (via PlayStation Blog)

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