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Review of The Last of Us Part I on PS5

Never two without three! After a basic release in 2013 and a remaster shortly thereafter on PlayStation 4, Ellie and Joel’s first adventure returns to PS5 with The Last of Us Part 1. A remake built from the ground up by the Naughty Dog team that evokes as much excitement as questioning. So, really, what is it really worth? Here is our final opinion.

Just above, in autoplay, find our video version of The Last of Us Part 1 test.

  • The test was conducted on PS5. The Last of Us Part 1 will be available on September 2, 2022 (later on PC).

The Last of Us is not a post-apocalyptic zombie game like the others. Just because zombies aren’t strictly speaking zombies, but monsters infected with a large fungus is an important clarification – and above all because it has propelled Naughty Dog even higher among the founding companies of modern video games. After blowing the current 2010 screen with Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3, why not just blow up the ceiling and show that we excel at writing characters? This is the feat of The Last of Us, unanimously praised by the press and the players when it was released in 2013. The project of interest to us today, The Last of Us Part 1, is a remake of this success, which also includes Left Behind the expansion. On the other hand, no major overhaul of “Factions”, the multiplayer mode of the time.

Born in the USA

Before getting into the novelties and all-new visuals of this remake, The Last of Us Part 1 remains, first and foremost, the story of Ellie and Joel, hitching the roads of the United States in search of the Fireflies. A story that hasn’t moved an inch. The Naughty Dog team has painstakingly reproduced every dialogue and cutscene here in their new engine – and that’s clearly not a bad thing. Even after all this time, the writing of The Last of Us hasn’t aged a bit, it’s always been so fair, touching, overwhelming. What an emotion to see Ellie’s relationship written again | Joel (especially with such believable faces) how and when scenes of rare authenticity. Of course, it’s hard not to keep in mind The Last of Us Part 2, which is even bigger in terms of storytelling. But the magic of 2013 works, whether it’s the main adventure or the Left Behind DLC that often hits right in the heart. The expansion shows part of Ellie’s past before she met Joel and then accompanied by her best friend Riley. With these two sides of the same coin, you’ll get your share of emotions and a total of 18 to 20 hours of play.

The Last of Us Part 1 – Long Cutscene in the Car (Loyalty Mode)

Grave of the Fireflies

So yes, it’s not surprising! The writing of The Last of Us Part 1 remains identical to the original project. What’s even more surprising is that the structure and level design of the adventure meticulously follows the same path – for a less immersive outcome. Naturally, the first The Last of Us is based on much more classic and linear foundations than the second part, very often in a “narrative, exploration, combat, exploration, narration…” pattern, which also consists of narrow and small levels. promotes exploration (compared to The Last of Us Part 2). Not to mention old-fashioned puzzles based on wooden ladders and boards! Specifically, in general, there is a lack of a lot of breathing, open areas. Thus, The Last of Us Part 1 seems to be stuck between two eras: on the one hand, with its structure, and on the other hand, with visual effects.

As the saying goes, keep your feet on the ground. The Last of Us Part 1 move may be classic, but no matter what, it works well! Just because the crossed sets are varied enough – at least in terms of atmosphere – to spark the player’s interest. But above all, because in The Last of Us history is a great engine of progress. Whether it’s a touching scene with two characters, an action phase that comes out of nowhere, or even a turn of the situation that calls everything into question, Naughty Dog has no shortage of resources to get us back on track. What about the Left Behind DLC? It’s almost like candy that you’ll want to gobble up after 2-3 hours of play. Even knowing the base title well, we fell in love with The Last of Us all over again. It’s really up to something.

Technical clicker?

We are here ! “Elephant in the Room” for The Last of Us, Part 1: Graphics Rework. A major redesign: The Naughty Dog team has not only updated the textures, but also overhauled the art direction. Let’s not follow the four paths. In this remake, the work on the visual is quite exemplary. Here, the PlayStation studio once again demonstrates the full extent of its technical know-how with a project that sets the bar even higher than the second part, thanks to PS5 resolution. Thus, The Last of Us Part 1 offers two graphics modes. The first, “Fidelity,” offers native 4K resolution and a target frame rate of 40fps (with regular drops for action-packed moments). The second, “Performance,” promotes smoothness at 60fps with dynamic 4K or – depending on your screen – 1440p. Note, however, that in the latter case, The Last of Us’ new visuals are less shiny, and that this mode is particularly useful for smoother combat. The Last of Us Part 1 lets you switch from Loyalty to Performance on the fly without having to go back to the main screen or reload the game.

Obviously, even before sets, it’s the characters’ faces that benefit from this power increase. Never before has the pout of Ellie, Joel, Tess or even Riley been so authentic and believable, without a shadow of a doubt heightening the emotional impact of many scenes. From this side, The Last of Us Part 1 cannot envy the second part much. The same observation of the scenery, even more compelling and exciting than in the past (special mention of the luxurious lighting effects). After yes, there are two or three less flattering details, such as NPC animations that feel like 2013, allies running around in action phases, and display bugs. But nothing serious! In general, we can say that the contract is 100% fulfilled, so much so that we would like to go beyond the limits set by the main title. Limitations that, moreover, sometimes make us forget about this hard rework when the technique becomes less bright, especially during indoor phases. An experience that can also be felt with the level design and gameplay.

One on one!

All in all, if the desire to compare The Last of Us Part 1 with the second episode of the license is obvious, we must not forget to take this 2022 version for what it is. If the level design and structure is more classic, then it works quite well no matter what – and the same goes for the gameplay. Thus, Naughty Dog Studio offers a more modern gaming experience than in the past, drawing on all the ingredients of the original software. Hand-to-hand combat is now more visceral, with a camera that is tied to the action and rawer animations. By the same logic, it is now easier to grab and then throw an item at an enemy (brick or bottle). You can also use the DualSense gyroscope to adjust aiming, it’s a good helper, but it doesn’t work perfectly yet. Otherwise, The Last of Us Part 1 is an action-packed game that is certainly a classic, but highly successful in capturing the urgency and brutality of the hits. Not revolutionary, but solid!

The Last of Us Part 1 High Voltage Stealth (Loyalty Mode)

In other words, with this remake, you won’t have any problem getting a feel for the soul of an apocalypse survivor, especially in the hardest mode (the challenge is also customizable from A to Z according to multiple settings, just like in The Last of Us). Part 2). The combination of craft, survival and firearms remains a win-win. Not to mention the pleasant enhancement of the DualSense vibrations, which give a pleasant personality to each piece of protection. As a reminder, ammo is usually limited in The Last of Us, and you’ll have to use whatever you have on hand to get through. But discretion is also a solution! Just like in the base game, you can also upgrade the hero’s skills and weapons. However, here I would like to be able to lie on my stomach and dodge, as in the second part. And the last moment, which would avoid disappointment during the battles.

over the mountain

On the other hand, The Last of Us Part 1 adds a lot of bonuses that will delight fans. Starting with permadeath option, fast track mode, images | never-before-seen 3D models to view in the bonus menu, skins, and even in-game commentary from director Neil Druckmann and the original cast of Ellie and Joel. The new photo mode is also part of it, as is the whole system for customizing controls. As you have already understood, there are many things to be unlocked. But the most significant and important addition at this level is undoubtedly the accessibility parameters. The Last of Us Part 1 is by far the most accessible blockbuster to date, with tons of activation prompts, settings to avoid motion sickness, and even a full audio description. A great item for everyone to discover this masterpiece, now in the best possible light on PS5. Come on, it’s time to finish.

Conclusion

Significant Arguments

  • Solid graphic overhaul
  • The faces that matter
  • Still a touching story
  • Magic that hasn’t changed
  • Classic but strong enough
  • Additional accessibility options
  • Lots of bonuses for fans

Weak points

  • Details left in 2013
  • The remake is too superficial

As you might expect, in The Last of Us Part 1, PlayStation and Naughty Dog worked to faithfully recreate the main adventure, with all that it entails. On the one hand, the graphics are breathtakingly beautiful and realistic, and on the other hand, the levels and gameplay are reminiscent of the 2010s, and in the end we only remember the wonderful epic with Ellie and Joel, although we already know their history. Even after ten years, the script and plot of The Last of Us are not outdated at all. He is still as strong, sharp, catchy. Such a steamroller that we forget the anachronistic stylistic effects and a few shortcomings. Now more than ever, it’s time to (re)discover this post-apocalyptic masterpiece!

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