The Last of Us: Remastered rated by ESRB, PS4 release just as brutal as original version

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us: Remastered has been slapped with an M rating by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB).

Those of you who have played the original PlayStation 3 version won’t be surprised to hear about this, and from the sound of things, the game hasn’t suffered any cuts.

Just in case you haven’t played the game and are thinking of playing it for the first time on PS4 – and in which case, you’re in for a treat – here’s the full lowdown. Be warned, there’s a few spoilers dotted throughout.

"This is an action game in which players assume the role of Joel and Ellie, human survivors battling their way through a post-apocalyptic world. From a third-person perspective, players traverse through city ruins and use a variety of weapons (e.g., pistols, rifles, explosives, spiked bats, steel pipes, and blades) and melee attacks to fight off infected mutants and other human survivors.:

"Players can also employ stealth kills (e.g., strangulations, pistol executions, stabbing attacks) and engage in extended combat sequences involving close-up camera angles and on-screen prompts. Screams of pain, realistic gunfire, and blood-splatter effects accompany the combat. Several attacks result in decapitations and dismemberment; body parts are depicted in some areas (e.g., chopping blocks)."

"Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: a young character dying in a man’s arms from gunshot wounds; adult characters being executed at point-blank range; an enemy getting interrogated and stabbed in the knee. During the course of the game, a character makes sexual remarks about an adult magazine (e.g., ‘Whoa. How the hell would he even walk around with that thing’ and ‘Oh why are these [pages] all stuck together’). One scene allows player to decide whether a young character drinks alcohol. The words ‘f**k,’ ‘sh*t,’ and ‘a*shole’ can be heard in the dialogue."

The Last of Us: Remastered is due out on July 29 in North America and August 1 in Europe. Check out the latest screenshots on the game here, and stay tuned for our full review early next month.

via GamePur