The Last of Us Remastered; Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King DLC; Wooden Sen'Sey, gaming reviews

 

The Last of Us Remastered is one of the best games for a generation
The Last of Us Remastered is one of the best games for a generation

The Last of Us Remastered

*****

PS4 (£44.99)

Released in 2013 on the PS3, Naughty Dog's masterpiece won virtually every game of the year award, so it's unsurprising that it should see a re-release on the PS4 with polished graphics and improved frame rate. Combining the original game and all the DLC (and selling it at a price lower than some PS3 games) makes this the most attractive version. It's unlikely to appeal beyond the hardcore fanbase, but I'd urge anyone who hasn't played to give it a try – it's one of the best games for a generation.

Jack Fleming

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King DLC

****

Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC (£7.99)

While this first part of an upcoming trilogy may not reach the lofty heights of its byzantine structures, it does effectively harken back to the first game's interwoven design ethos, which many felt was lacking in Dark Souls II. Between you and the lost crown lie a handful of new, tough enemies that parry your attacks with ease. The boss inclusions, however, are an unwelcome disappointment. For those prepared to die, it's a short but significant triumph and an encouraging prologue for the chapters left to come.

Oliver Cragg

Wooden Sen'Sey

**

Wii U (£8.00)

Players take charge of chunky chieftain Goro and his grappling blade as he jumps and swings through a variety of environments. It's pleasing to see allowances for the Wii U's myriad control options, but combat is somewhat unsatisfying, as Goro's tiny arms limit his reach. The presentation is strong throughout, with the music being particularly noteworthy. Unfortunately for Neko Entertainment, one thing the Wii U doesn't lack is a catalogue of quality platformers. Wooden Sen'Sey bounces into a competitive marketplace, but falls short.

Sam Gill

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