PlayStation 3 owners may feel justified in raising a cynical eyebrow at the release of this remastered edition of The Last of Us little more than a year after the original game came out. Still, neither Sony nor Microsoft are exactly swimming in essential exclusives in 2014, and it's hard to deny the allure of one of last year's best games getting the next-gen treatment.
For those who missed out on The Last of Us the first time around, Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic yarn was lauded as much for its characters and depth of writing, as it was its undeniable technical achievements. Now it's been spruced up with the full next-gen treatment, and there'll even be a sprinkling of fresh new DLC later on this year.
We've put together a complete guide for the game, one that will take you all the way through the vanilla story, and then through the Left Behind DLC that's automatically included with this Remastered edition. Should you find yourself breezing through the story, you still might find it useful to refer to our guide to all the collectables that are spread throughout the extended game.
The Last of Us walkthrough
The Last of Us - Prologue, car scene, Tommy, army
A quick guide to surviving the explosive first chapter of the game.
The Last of Us - The Quarantine Zone, 20 Years Later, Outside, The Slums, The Cargo
A walkthrough for the second chapter, set 20 years after the events of the first.
The Last of Us - The Outskirts, Outside, Downtown, Museum, The Capitol Building
How to sneak Ellie to safety without inviting unwelcome attention.
The Last of Us - Bill's Town, The Woods, Safehouse, Graveyard, High School Escape
How to make it to Bill's place in one piece, and deal with all of this chapter's creatures.
The Last of Us - Pittsburgh, Alone and Forsaken, Hotel Lobby, Financial District
Our guide to helping Ellie navigate the water, and dealing with a tricky pack of Hunters.
The Last of Us - The Suburbs, Sewers, Suburbs
Stuck in the sewers? We'll show you how to make it all the way through this tricky chapter.
The Last of Us - Tommy's Dam, Hydroelectric Dam, Ranch House
How to activate the bridge, find Joel's brother, and quickly catch up with Ellie.
The Last of Us - The University, Go Big Horns, Science Building
Our guide to surviving the university campus, and avoiding the Bloater fight altogether.
The Last of Us - Lakeside Resort, The Hunt, Cabin Resort
Struggling with the Bandit ambush? Here's how to survive the fight.
The Last of Us - Bus Depot, Highway Exit, Underground Tunnel
Everything you need to know to survive the penultimate part of the game.
The Last of Us - The Firefly Lab, The Hospital, Jackson, Epilogue
How to rescue Ellie and wrap up your first playthrough.
The Last of Us - New Game Plus, Everything We've Been Through, For Emergencies Only
Ready for more? Here's everything you need to know about the New Game Plus mode.
Left Behind walkthrough
The Last of Us - Back in a Flash, Riley, Combination Note, Clickers
Our guide to the first chapter of the DLC, with a few handy tips for the Clicker encounter.
The Last of Us - Mallrats, Winston, masks, Halloween shop
How to sneak inside the mall, enter the Halloween shop, and get the electricity back on.
The Last of Us - So Close, locked door, generator
Our guide to getting the power back on, and dealing with this area's infected enemies.
The Last of Us - Fun and Games, arcade, water fight, Listen mode
How to get the most out of the arcade content, and bag an extra trophy.
The Last of Us - The Enemy of My Enemy, Joel, ambush
We've got some tips to help you handle some of the fiddlier fights.
The Last of Us - Escape from Liberty Gardens
The final chapter of the Left Behind DLC.
The Last of Us - Artifacts, It Was All Just Lying There
How to find every Artifact and unlock It Was All Just Lying There for your trophy collection.
The Last of Us - Firefly Pendants, Look for the Light
Find every Firefly Pendant and unlock the Look for the Light trophy.
The Last of Us - Training Manuals, combat upgrades, combat bonuses
All the combat-boosting Training Manuals you can find.
The Last of Us - Comics
Where to find all 15 Comics, and unlock the Endure and Survive trophy.
The Last of Us - Left Behind collectables, Optional Conversations, notes
All of Left Behind's secret conversations and hidden items.
The Last of Us - Shiv Doors, rewards, locations
How to track down and bust open every Shiv Door in The Last of Us.
The Last of Us - safes and combinations
Every safe you'll find in the game, along with each one's counterpart combination.
The Last of Us - toolbox locations, tool levels, upgrade weapons
The five toolboxes you need to maximise your weapon upgrades.