The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is here, and it's back with a vengeance! This game has quickly become one of the most talked-about and controversial games of recent years. But fear not, my fellow gamers, because this remastered version is not just a prettier upgrade. It's packed with new features that will tickle your gaming fancy and keep you entertained for hours on end. So, let us delve into the post-apocalyptic world once again and see if The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is truly worth your time and hard-earned cash.

Our very own Editor-in-Chief, Stacey Henley, was initially skeptical about playing yet another remastered version of a classic Naughty Dog game. However, after spending some quality time with it, she discovered the allure of a game that isn't afraid to reveal its secrets. The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered strives to showcase the struggles of game development, but unfortunately, it doesn't quite hit the mark. While we do get three Lost Levels that were initially cut from the game, they all feel a bit too similar and fail to leave a lasting impact. But fear not, adventurous souls, these Lost Levels are still worth exploring, especially with the Director's Commentary shedding light on their omission.

Henley appreciated the interactive commentary in the Lost Levels but found fault with its implementation during the campaign. The commentary only plays during cutscenes, resulting in a cacophony of voices that feels more like a rowdy watch-along party than an informative experience. It's a missed opportunity to offer players a genuine peek behind the curtain. But hey, some people might enjoy this unstructured podcast-style banter reminiscing about the good old days. It's just not the deep dive we were hoping for.

Now, let's talk about the roguelike mode called "No Return." Henley found it to be pretty good, but it falls short of the narrative weight of the free Valhalla expansion for God of War: Ragnarök. The mode offers excellent character variety and fun gimmicks, but there's a lack of level variation. Only Ellie and Abby have interesting unlockables, leaving us craving more. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of roguelike experiences and don't mind a bit of repetition, No Return will provide you with some solid entertainment.

Ultimately, Henley believes that The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is worth picking up, despite some of the new features feeling a bit tacked on. It won't shatter your wildest expectations, but it does enhance one of the most impressive games of all time, making it just a little bit better. So, if you're ready to embark on a lengthy narrative adventure, prepare yourself for a wild ride through this post-apocalyptic version of America. Unlike its predecessor, The Last of Us Part 2 offers a campaign that will keep you engaged for a surprising amount of time. Expect to spend around 22 to 26 hours in this desolate world before you finally reach the end credits.

Now, let's not forget about the Lost Levels. The Boar Hunt, Seattle Sewers, and Jackson Party are short but sweet additions to the game. You can complete them all in less than an hour, so they won't take up too much of your precious gaming time.

As for No Return, well, you can dive into it for as long as you desire. The roguelike mode generates new scenarios for you to fight your way out of with each playthrough. With a plethora of unlockable characters and skins, you'll find yourself coming back for more, sinking hours into this challenging and thrilling mode.

The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is currently a PlayStation 5 exclusive, and there are two ways to get your hands on it. If you've never experienced the game before, you can purchase the remastered version with all its bells and whistles for $49.99 USD, either physically or digitally. But if you're one of the lucky ones who already owns the PlayStation 4 version, you can upgrade to the remastered version for just $10. However, remember that if you own a disc-less PlayStation 5, you'll need to insert the PlayStation 4 disc each time you want to play the remastered version.

So, what's the verdict for those who already own The Last of Us Part 2 on PS4? Well, the PS5 upgrade is definitely worth it if you want to enjoy a few new perks. The Lost Levels, the developer commentary, and the unique skins all add to the fan experience. And let's not forget about No Return, which offers a spine-chilling and refreshing break from the typical gameplay, embracing the survival horror elements that make this game so special.

Although the Lost Levels may play it safe and the cutscene-only commentary can be a bit chaotic,The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered brings enough new content and enhancements to make it a worthwhile purchase for both newcomers and existing fans. The game offers an engaging campaign that will captivate players for hours, with an estimated playtime of 22 to 26 hours. The Lost Levels, while short, provide additional gameplay experiences that can be completed in under an hour. The roguelike mode, No Return, offers replayability and challenge, although it lacks some level variation.

The game is currently exclusive to PlayStation 5, and there are options for both new purchases and upgrades. Newcomers can acquire the remastered version for $49.99, while existing owners of the PlayStation 4 version can upgrade for $10. However, disc-less PlayStation 5 owners will need to insert the PlayStation 4 disc for each play session.

Overall, The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is a solid addition to the franchise, improving upon an already impressive game. While some new features may feel a bit tacked on, the enhanced graphics, additional content, and the thrilling No Return mode make it a worthy experience for fans of the series. So, gear up, venture into the post-apocalyptic world once again, and prepare to be both terrified and entertained by the horrors and joys that await you in The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered.

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