The Last of Us and Second Son still look better than “most” modern games

The graphical quality of The Last of Us, Second Son, and Final Fantasy 16: A discussion on why some believe they still top the best PS5 games

The Last of Us and Second Son still look better than “most” modern games
Published by Noah @ PC Game Spotlight 10 months ago


The graphical quality of The Last of Us, Second Son, and Final Fantasy 16: A discussion on why some believe they still top the best PS5 games

While Last of Us and Second Son may be considered by many to be the PlayStation 4’s best launch titles, and a few years down the line, many modern games still don’t look as good. Naturally, this comes up in a thread discussing Final Fantasy 16’s graphics, and it’s pretty funny.

“I still think the early PS4 titles and some of the early releases still look better than a lot of modern games,” one user writes. “I just wish we got more sequels.”

“Second Son was so good,” another replies. “Cool effects, especially the smoke and neon. I want another Infamous game.”

It’s worth noting that this comes after Sucker Punch went on to make Ghost of Tsushima, which many consider the studio’s masterpiece. Some of you may have played it, and if you have, how do you think it compares to the previous two?

“I remember all the people saying it was going to look like butt and be a huge disappointment,” one replies, referring to the advertisement for Second Son. “And it looked exactly as advertised.”

“It still feels like a perfect game to me,” another writes. “I just wish there was a third.”

“That was the only part of the game that didn’t look perfect,” another replies, referring to the gameplay.

“I’ve never played it but I’m really looking forward to it,” another writes, showing some love for the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima DLC, Dawnfall.

“Both games look so good,” another replies. “They played and felt perfect as well.”

While many praise the games, some express dwindling hope for another Infamous game. “I wish there was an Infamous 4,” one writes. “The first three are some of the best games I’ve ever played.”

“The first game was so good,” another replies. “The second was so good. The third was so good. The fourth would have to be so good.”

Another user replies to this, “I think it’s safe to say that Sucker Punch knows they can’t top themselves.” They then go on to say how Ghost of Tsushima is so good that it doesn’t matter.

“It’s not like they keep making the same game with a new coat of paint and a new setting,” one replies, comparing the refinement of game development processes in Second Son and The Last of Us series.

“I’ve never seen anyone finish a game and say, ‘That was too pretty’,” another replies. “I think it’s because we’ve become so accustomed to it that the excitement and effort isn’t there anymore.”

“The Last of Us 2 is a good example of this,” another replies. “It looked like the graphics were just there to enhance the experience and not the other way around.”

“But if you look at the Last of Us Remastered graphics, they look very similar to Final Fantasy 16,” another writes, drawing a comparison between the two games’ graphics.

“Those graphics look like a PS4 game,” one replies. “The Last of Us Remastered looks like a PS5 game.”

“It’s subjective,” another replies. “I personally don’t see anything special in the graphics.”

“There used to be multiple games in a series,” one replies. “Now there’s only one, and occasionally there’s a miss.”

“Well, development time and cost go up,” another replies. “It’s not a perfect system either.”

“And I really miss another Killzone game,” another writes. “I’m not saying it has to be Killzone, I’m just saying another first-person shooter in that setting.”

“I think they figured out that they can make more money by releasing trilogies,” one replies. “Sony was probably like, ‘Hey, we have this great game, let’s sell it three times over’.”

“I would rather have a game that’s done well once every five years.

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