The Last of Us Part 1 Remake (PlayStation 5)

The Last of Us was released in 2013 for the PS3 console. Although this is a new IP from Naughty Dog, the game has been universally loved thanks to its excellent story and engaging gameplay sequences.

Less than a year later, Naughty Dog released The Last of Us Remastered for the all-new PS4 console. Well, 2022 is coming and The Last of Us has been re-released. You can now play The Last of Us Part 1 Remake exclusively for the PlayStation 5 console.

Unlike the aforementioned The Last of Us Remastered, The Last of Us Part 1 is designed from the ground up to take full advantage of the awesome power of the PlayStation 5. The game’s graphics are much better than what the PS4 and PS3 versions offered almost ten years ago.

Even though The Last of Us Remastered looked pretty good back in 2014, the only thing it lacked was expressive facial animations. Ellie’s face looked a little stiff in the original game, but her face now animates when playing the remake.

Tess is another character that got a makeover. Some people have noticed that Tess looked too young for her age in the original game, but in the remake she’s aged and looks much more realistic.

People will also notice that all pre-rendered cutscenes now use the actual game engine, thanks to the power of the PS5. Everything looks better if you can play the game on a decent new 4K TV.

Speaking of 4K, you can set two different graphics modes. One mode promotes visual fidelity, which outputs the game in full 4K at 30fps. This setting is recommended if you want the game to look as good as possible.

The other setting favors in-game performance instead. The game still came out in 4K, but you can play the game at 60 fps. It was my favorite style of gameplay, mostly because the gameplay looked and played smooth at 60fps compared to the slower 30fps output.

In terms of gameplay, Naughty Dog has added a ton of new accessibility options to make the game easier for casual gamers. One of the most useful new features is a navigation marker. If you press the L3 button, a marker appears on the screen showing you exactly where you need to go. It’s really useful during some segments where the environment is really dark.

If you’re too impatient to solve the game’s puzzles, you have the option of ignoring them altogether. The puzzles were never too difficult to solve, but it’s a nice feature for those who want to focus more on the combat of the game.

As for combat, a new slow motion feature has been added to make aiming at baddies much easier than before. This feature was really useful for getting headshots on human and infected enemies in-game. There are a ton of other accessibility options available to players, although I didn’t have time to craft them all.

However, some of the gameplay features from The Last of Us Part II were not brought. In the sequel, adult Ellie and Abbie were able to get on their stomachs. Unfortunately, you can’t go belly-up in this remake using Joel or Ellie. They can only crouch like they could in the original version.

Joel also doesn’t have an unlimited use knife that he can use. In this remake, he still has to rely on crafting shivs. The only annoying part of shivs is that you can only use them once. If you run out of shivs, you can’t unlock a locked door or kill clickers easily.

Content-wise, The Last of Us Part 1 doesn’t add any new levels or anything like that. You pretty much only encounter the original game as well as the Left Behind DLC. There are also no references to the sequel if you kill a certain character towards the end of the game too…

However, you will be able to unlock cool stuff after completing the main campaign once on any difficulty level. You can unlock special skins for Joel and Ellie that include clothing and gear that features other heroes from the PlayStation game!

There’s also artwork and even a two-hour behind-the-scenes documentary you can watch, too. I can’t remember any other The Last of Us releases with these extras, so that’s a nice touch to add.

While The Last of Us Part 1 is a great remake, the only thing that might keep people from buying the game is the insane price. If you live in New Zealand like most of our readers, this remake has an RRP of $139.99. Some retailers might sell the game a little cheaper, but digital PS5 owners will have to bear the full price at launch.

Another thing that might disappoint some people is that the original game’s multiplayer mode is also not included in this remake. Essentially, you’re paying top dollar for a single-player campaign that over 20 million players worldwide have played before.

Although The Last of Us Part 1 is still a great game, some people might still think it’s an overpriced and unnecessary remake. If you’ve never played the game before and own a PS5, I’d say this is a must buy. If you’ve played the game a few times before, it might be best to wait for a sale instead.

Verdict: 8.0/10