Why would Sony have redone The last of us? Not another remaster, a remake. Sony has always aimed for big budget blockbusters that weren’t just Xbox first-person shooters or Nintendo platforms; their games were works of art. What differentiated Sony from Nintendo in the 90s was Sony’s challenge to play high-risk games. Metal Gear Solid was an 8 hour movie around a 3.5 hour game. Nintendo would never have included a game like this at that time. Nintendo was for children. Sony was for adults and not in Sega’s patronizing way. Over the years, Sony has invested in artistic efforts with developers such as Team Ico, Thatgamecompany, and Quantic Dream. Then came the days of Naughty Dog, the guys that made Crash Bandicoot and turned into filmmakers with a controller.
Love or hate The Last of Us Part II; it must be admitted that it is an important work of fiction that has taken risks. I don’t even know if I liked it despite my first praise. Sony has bet on games like this. This is why they have always come out on top. Finally, every “Naughty Dog” has its day. Sony is counting on redesigning old franchises like Clicking and clicking, and are losing their creative edge to cheap profit. Sony will no longer have the image of an innovative console company, leaving them without an image.
Succumb to the sheer surrender of frustrated fans with The Last of Us Part II takes not only Sony, but all the divisions that produce subjective entertainment down a destructive creative road. The reboot trend has been strong since 2005, trying to capture this Nolan Batman begins magic that only happens once in a generation. What happened in the film industry has cast its poisonous shadow over the gaming industry where the consumer is no longer getting anything new. With the HBO agreement for a The last of us TV series, Sony may be integrating its media in the same way that Disney does with its movies and streaming service. It’s no secret that Sony can be contradictory to its partners. Spider Man has been in an ongoing shared custody battle that continues to this day, hence the reason he’s going for a multiverse angle with Tom Holland’s Spider Man. An honestly smart move on Sony’s part.
We live with two Batmans, multiple Supermans, and video games are being redesigned or remastered at an accelerated rate. I have no dispute with the sale of Naughty Dog Unexplored for a movie deal. It’s a fun game based on famous blockbusters that will likely make a lower quality blockbuster movie. If there was a game you’d like to recreate as a movie, going through Naughty Dog’s list is incredibly slim. the Resident Evil 2 Remake comes to mind where an outdated game gets next-gen treatment across departments, from graphics to gameplay.
I understand the angle of Sony. They want to create exclusive games that are unique pieces of storytelling that can span all mediums. I applaud this attitude; that’s why i always bought playstation. They respect the intelligence of the players. Respecting this intelligence, the decision to remake this particular game confuses me. As Metal Gear Solid: the twin snakes, you will no longer be able to capture this magic. You can play it on TV, but it’s not the same or interact with it for the first time, not knowing what to expect.
There’s a whole list of issues I have with the management of Sony, from the abominable launch date of a next-gen console, to the loss of Bethesda to Microsoft and the backward-compatible nightmare. But in the end, I was like, “at least Sony does some amazing exclusives with some visionary ideas.” Now what can I say? I know Sony is slow to get started with each of its consoles, which pays off in the end. This time I’m scared, however. I can’t see anything on the horizon that catches my attention. They are all the same games. The PS4 worked because Sony let guys like Hideo Kojima do some weird, passionate projects that sold really well. Where are these mysterious games? We’ve all seen the familiar. Sony, as a lifelong Playstation fan, I tell you from the bottom of my heart that I love you and don’t want to see you lose your mark.