Friday, August 22, 2014

The Last of Us Remastered: Portraits - Part Two: Action

Over the previous year, we have talked plenty of times about Naughty Dog's masterpiece The Last of Us on The Weekly Stuff Podcast. We reviewed it on Episode #54, named it the best game of 2013 on Episode #75, discussed the DLC Left Behind on Episode #78, and just last week shared our thoughts on the new Remastered edition for PS4.

Suffice it to say, the game is one of my all time favorites, as a second playthrough on the PS4 really reinforced. And while the Remastered edition is indeed a terrific revitalization of an already gorgeous game, my favorite part of playing it wasn't the new graphics, or even the preexisting story itself - it was the newly added 'Photo Mode,' which allows players to freeze the action, manipulate, and create gorgeous screenshots from within the game. It is an unbelievably powerful tool for a console game, giving you all the power of a skilled photographer within the game world, and as soon as I started using it, I just couldn't stop, and spent a wholly unnecessary amount of play time simply experimenting with the game's imagery. At a certain point, I felt like an actual photographer trying to put a portfolio or gallery together, out exploring the world and taking pictures whenever I felt inspired. It is a truly fascinating and uniquely engaging way to interact with a game.

This obsession is something I have mentioned on the podcast a few times now, and I wanted to share some of the best photos I got with our listeners. From a raw number of around 200 screenshots, I whittled things down to a few dozen really strong ones, and so as not to overload these web pages, I have split the images into three galleries. You are looking at Part Two right now, which focuses on some (frequently horrific) moments of action and violence. Part One focuses on calmer scenes with Joel and other characters, while Part Three closes things out with some shots of the environment and landscapes. Enjoy...

See The Last of Us Remastered: Portraits - Part Two after the jump...
Click on the images below to see larger versions in full HD resolution. 

Joel and Tess Film Noir

Joel and Tess Film Noir – Open Matte

Tess’ Demise

 Hostage Negotiations

Meeting Bill 

Meeting Bill – Open Matte

 Killing 1


Killing 2

Fire Clicker

Killing 3

 Fire Joel

Killing 4 

Joel on Horse


Joel vs. Ellie 1

Joel vs. Ellie 2

See more Portraits in Part 1: Moments and Part 3: Environment.

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