Is The Last of Us: Part 1 Really a ‘Cash Grab’?

The Last of Us Part 1 Poll

There’s a big debate happening in the PlayStation community right now, and it’s all about The Last of Us: Part I. The upcoming PS5 remake of Naughty Dog’s landmark 2013 release has already attracted a lot of criticism from some onlookers, many of whom claim that the project is simply a “cash grab”, or something to that effect.

The bottom line here is that this is a remake of a game that’s not even ten years old — a rarity not just in games, but in almost any form of entertainment. And let’s not forget that The Last of Us was already remastered in 2014 for PS4. Add the fact that The Last of Us: Part I has a full retail price tag, and you can see why some people might be cynical.

But at the same time, let’s not pretend that Naughty Dog has simply slapped a new coat of paint on one of its most celebrated titles and called it a day. This is a ground-up remake, complete with new character models, remade environments, and even gameplay additions and adjustments taken from The Last of Us: Part II.

Again, though, the internet arguments have been so heated that developers have spoken out on social media, assuring everyone that the remake is not a “cash grab”. And for what it’s worth, we did a video in defense of Part I that we think raises some good points.

Anyway, as you’d expect, the debate flares up whenever the title makes headlines, like when news broke that the game has gone gold. It’s fair to assume that these arguments are going to carry on all the way to launch, and probably beyond.

And so we have to ask, as blunt as the question may be: do you think that The Last of Us: Part I is a “cash grab”? Or is its existence justified? Vote in our poll, and then explain your stance in the comments section below.

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