The Last of Us Part I is very beautiful, but at the same time one of the most pointless releases of the year

The Last of Us Part I is a great way to experience the modern gaming classic on PlayStation 5, but the game feels exactly the same as before.

The Last of Us Part IPublication date: 2 September 2022
Studio: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Available on: PlayStation 5
Players: 1
Age limit: 18
Game played for review: 6 hours

The Last of Us Part I – there were rumors about the remake in advance, but the whole project is basically a small surprise. Only nine years have passed since Naughty Dog’s original classic game, and it was also spectacularly remastered for PlayStation 4 in 2014. A couple of years ago, it would have been hard to guess that a new version of this very game would appear again and so quickly.

Now, however, The Last of Us has been given a new lease of life, this time for PlayStation 5, and a PC translation is also coming in the near future. The fact that the recycling of the old game is sold at the full price of 79.95 euros has attracted attention and criticism in advance.

The Last of Us has claimed its place in gaming history, and evaluating the game itself again in 2022 doesn’t seem very meaningful. So this review mainly focuses on the PS5 translation.

In short, however, it can be said that The Last of Us is still a masterpiece living up to its reputation, with an impressive story and excellent gameplay. The PS5 version out now is completely faithful to the original, so it’s definitely worth playing for new players. But if The Last of Us has already been played through a couple of times, the novelty might leave the taste of funding in the mouth.

Right from the start, it becomes clear that The Last of Us Part I is not so much a remake as a remaster. All parts and features of the game are unchanged, and no changes or additions have been made to them The Last of Us Part II:n (2020) new mechanics alongside the old ones.

In terms of gameplay, the novelty is therefore similar to the original. It is said to be “rebuilt for PS5”, but this is done in such a way that there is no difference in the feel of the game.

The reforms of The Last of Us Part I are almost exclusively visual, but they are different. The character models and facial animations are more lifelike, and the cut-scenes in particular are really impressive. The innovations support the game’s story and dramatic moments, but they are not thought of in the actual game situation.

Actually, the only innovation that affects the gameplay is the more dynamic lighting effects, which make particularly dark scenes more intense. The game’s textures and small details are also a wonderful result, and the game world sometimes stops separately to admire or record with Photo Mode.

But most of the time, the new version of The Last of Us plays just like the old version, and no changes are even thought of. It makes the whole update a bit questionable.

The DualSense controller’s haptic vibrations and adaptive triggers are indeed in use, but even these additional effects do not make a difference. Many games have already used DualSense effectively, but in The Last of Us Part I I was able to pay special attention to this and feel the control feeling that I noticed something special.

I really hoped that The Last of Us Part I would bring something new to the classic game, but it just didn’t happen. Naughty Dog’s new treatment makes the game a bit more impressive again, but the previous The Last of Us Remastered was already a cheekily beautiful game for its time, which also works on current platforms. So the new release feels somehow unnecessary, even though it is beautiful as it is and works very well.

This should not be taken as a criticism of The Last of Us, because as said, the game is still a masterpiece. The Last of Us Part I is definitely the recommended version of the game for new players. But if you’ve already gone through Joel and Ellie’s story a couple of times, you should wait for a sale or skip this version altogether.


Rating: 4/5

“The Last of Us is still a great action adventure, but the PS5 version feels overpriced and unnecessary.”

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