The Last of Us Part 1 Remake Review

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The Last of Us Part 1 Remake Review (PS5) – I first played The Last of Us Original on the PlayStation 4 many years ago. It’s definitely one of the best games I’ve played and deserved to win Game of the Year along with many other awards and over 200 achievements. I really liked the game I bought the remastered edition later, planning to play it again one day.

Years later, I still don’t have time to open the plastic lid to play it, but now there’s an even better version: The Last of Us Part 1 Remake. It’s not just a remaster of the remastered edition. It’s completely rebuilt from the ground up with the latest PS5 motor technology and a fully integrated PS5 DualSense wireless controller. It’s like the team revamps every scene and every frame, and tweaks everything manually to make it better.

Is the game really so good that it deserves a third chance? Yes.

Before playing the game, you will have to choose between Fidelity and Performance graphics modes. Fidelity mode delivers 4K visuals with 30fps (if you set your PS5 to 60Hz output), 4K with 40fps (with 120Hz). Performance mode sacrifices graphics quality a bit for improved gaming performance, delivering 1440p resolution with 60 fps.

I decided to try Fidelity mode, because I would like to see what the team has done in terms of graphics engine and fidelity. I was surprised to find that playing at 30fps didn’t really affect my gameplay and perception (maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t try 60Hz first). And I have not regretted my decision.

The Last of Us Part 1 Remake improves many visual details with more realistic lighting, weirder atmosphere, more realistic environments, more realistic movements (character animation), character visual overhaul and much more. Luckily, they haven’t tried to re-record the dub – which I think will be very difficult for those in the original to triumph. So yes, you’ll hear the same familiar voices as before (assuming you’ve played the original before) and the emotions you’ll get out of it. This time however, the experience is better thanks to better facial animation and amplified visuals.

The game’s intro scene is one of the most moving, and I was surprised to see my wife watching me play the whole scene (she normally doesn’t when she’s working on her laptop). The new visual upgrade (character, effects, lighting, environment) and animation definitely make the scene even more memorable than ever.

Walking through the world in the remake also feels more real as much of the environment gets a visual upgrade to make them more realistic, and rooms are filled with a wider variety of objects than previously. You’ll see more grass on the ground, some structures will be redesigned (and sometimes changed), and more.

The character models already looked great when I played the original and I don’t think I had any complaints before. However, the new models get better textures like face skin tone, awesome hair highlights, freckles, eyes, etc. Players of the original and remastered may not immediately like the visual upgrade, as this process actually changes some of the characters you love on screen.

If you haven’t played the original or the remastered in a long time, you probably can’t remember exactly what they looked like before and you’ll be fine by the time you start the game. it may take a while before you like the new designs.

The Last of Us Part 1 Remake review conclusion

The Last of Us Part 1 Remake makes the characters more expressive, the environments weirder and more real, and many elements of the game are also redesigned – and it all makes the cutscenes that much better. And since The Last of Us cutscenes play a big part in the game, the improved graphical fidelity just makes the overall game visually better than before. This results in being able to see and feel the characters’ emotions and voice acting better in the remake.

The visuals aren’t just there for the cutscenes. When exploring the world and battling enemies, having amped up visuals feels good and immerses you more in the game. Luckily, the team didn’t just focus on the visuals and also improved the AI, animations character sets, user interfaces, and some gameplay elements to complement them.

If you’ve played both the original and the remastered, you probably don’t have much incentive to get the remake unless you want to replay the game again or as a collection. It’s full price, so you probably won’t miss much if you pass on this one. But if you’ve never played The Last of Us before and you’re on PS5, the Last of Us Part 1 Remake is a must have.

Available online, at retailers, and also Amazon.co.uk

Disclosure: The Last of Us Part 1 Remake license review has been provided for review

The Last of Us Part 1 PS5 Remake Review

Summary

Is the third time the charm? YES!

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