It’s never two without three! After the basic version in 2013 and a remaster shortly after on PlayStation 4, the first adventure of Ellie and Joel returns to PS5 with The Last of Us Part 1. excitement as to ask. So, really, what is it worth? Here is our final opinion.
Find above, in auto-play, our video test version of The Last of Us Part 1.
- Testing was done 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 game with zombies like the others. Because there are no zombies strictly speaking but monsters infected with a large mushroom – this is an important explanation – and above all because it pushes the Naughty Dog studio even higher , among the essential companies in modern video games. After breaking the current screen in the years 2010, with Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3, why not break the ceiling and show that someone is above writing heroes? This is the tour de force that marks The Last of Us, was unanimously praised by the press and players when it was released in 2013. The project that interests us today, The Last of Us Part 1, is a remake of this success, which also includes the Left Behind extension. On the other hand, there is no overhaul of “Factions”, multiplayer mode at the time.
Born in the USA
Before tackling the innovations and new visuals of this remake, The Last of Us Part 1 therefore remains above all the story of Ellie and Joël, shaken by the streets of the United States in search in Fireflies. A story that doesn’t move an inch. The Naughty Dog team carefully replicated every dialogue and cutscene here using their new engine – and that’s obviously not a bad thing. Even after all this time writing The Last of Us didn’t take long, always true, touching, overwhelming. What an emotion to see Ellie’s relationship rewritten | Joël (especially with such believable faces) as and if the scenes of extraordinary authenticity. Of course, it’s hard not to think of The Last of Us Part 2, which is even more ambitious in terms of narrative. But the magic of 2013 works, whether it’s the main adventure or the Left Behind DLC, which always hits the heart. The extension shows a piece of Ellie’s past, before she meets Joel, then joins her best friend Riley. With these two sides of the same coin, you will have your share of emotions and a total of approximately 18h to 20h of gameplay.
The Last of Us Part 1 – Long Car Cutscene (Loyalty Mode)
Tomb of the Fireflies
So yes, it’s not surprising! The writing of The Last of Us Part 1 remains the same as the original project. What’s more surprising, however, is that the adventure’s structure and level design carefully follow the same path – for a result that is less exciting. Naturally, the first The Last of Us relies on more classic and linear bases than in the second part, it usually follows the pattern “narration, exploration, combat, exploration, narration…” which is in addition to narrow levels and not very good in exploration (compared to The Last of Us Part 2). Not to mention the old puzzles based on wooden ladders and boards! Concretely, the whole lacks a lot of breath, in open areas. The Last of Us Part 1 thus seems to be tied between two periods, with its structure on the one hand and its visuals on the other.
That being said, keep your feet on the ground. The course of The Last of Us Part 1 may be classic, but it works well despite everything! Because the sets crossed are varied enough – at least in terms of atmosphere – to pique the player’s interest. But mostly because in The Last of Us, History is a great engine for progress. Whether it’s between a touching scene with two characters, an action episode out of nowhere or even a change in situation that calls everything into question, Naughty Dog doesn’t’ y lack of resources to get us back on track. What about the Left Behind DLC? It’s almost a candy you want to devour, in 2-3 hours of gameplay. Even knowing the base title, we all love The Last of Us.
Here we are! “The Elephant in the Room” for The Last of Us Part 1: Graphics Overhaul. A redesign with a capital “R” that the Naughty Dog team not only updated the textures but also overhauled the art direction. We don’t go four ways. In this remake, the visuals work very well. Here, the PlayStation studio once again shows the full extent of its technical knowledge, with a project that sets the bar higher than the second installment thanks to the resolution of the PS5. The Last of Us Part 1 thus offers two graphic modes. The first, “Fidelity,” offers native 4K and a target framerate of 40 frames per second (with regular drops for many instances). The second, “Performance”, favors fluidity at 60 fps with dynamic 4K or – depending on your screen – 1440p. Remember though, that in the second case, the new visual of The Last of Us is not very bright and that the mode is more useful for more fluid battles. The Last of Us Part 1 allows switching from Loyalty to Performance on the fly, without going back to the title screen or reloading a game.
It is obvious that, even before the sets, it is the faces of the characters that benefit from this victory of power. Never before has Ellie, Joël, Tess or Riley’s pout been so real and believable, undoubtedly increasing the emotional impact of many scenes. In this regard, The Last of Us Part 1 does not have much to envy of the second part. Same observation for the sets, much more convincing and immersive than in the past (special mention of the beautiful lighting effects). After yes, there are still two or three less flattering details, such as NPC animations smack of 2013, allies running in action phases and showing bugs. But nothing serious! In general, we can say that the contract is 100% fulfilled, so we want to explore beyond the limits set by the basic title. Limitations that, moreover, sometimes make us forget this solid remake work, when the technique becomes less flamboyant, especially in the content stages. An impression that can also be felt at the level of design and gameplay.
One by one!
In general, if you clearly want to compare The Last of Us Part 1 with the second stage of the license, we must not forget to take this version of 2022 as it is. If the level design and the structure were more classic, it would work well despite everything – and the same goes for the game. The studio Naughty Dog thus offers a more modern game than before by relying on all the components of the original app. Melee combat is now more visceral, with a camera that stays on the action and more animations. In the same logic, it is now easier to grab and then throw something to an enemy (brick or bottle). You can also use DualSense’s gyroscope to adjust your aim, a nice help but it still doesn’t work perfectly. Otherwise, The Last of Us Part 1 is an action-infiltration game that is certainly classic but successful in showing the urgency and violence of the beatings. Not revolutionary, but strong!
The Last of Us Part 1 – High Voltage Stealth (Loyalty Mode)
That is, in this remake, you will not have difficulty feeling the soul of a post-apo survivor, especially in the highest difficulty mode (the challenge can also be customized from A to Z according to several settings, like The Last of Us.Part 2). The mix between craft, survival and weapons remains a safe bet. Not to mention the wonderful stimulation brought by the vibrations of DualSense, which gives a wonderful personality to every defense method. As a reminder, in The Last of Us, ammunition is generally limited and you have to use everything you have to get by. But discretion is also a solution! Just like the base game, you can also upgrade the hero’s skills and weapons. However, here we want to be able to lie flat on our stomachs and avoid, as in the second part. One last point to avoid frustration during fights.
behind the mountain
On the other hand, The Last of Us Part 1 adds many bonuses that will please the fans. Starting with a permadeath option, a speedrun mode, pictures | never-before-seen 3D models appear in the Bonus menu, skins, and even in-game commentary from director Neil Druckmann and the original cast of Ellie and Joel. A new photo mode is also part of it as well as a whole system to customize the controls. As you can understand, there are many things to unlock. But the most important – and important – addition to this level is undoubtedly the access options. The Last of Us Part 1 is definitely the most accessible blockbuster now, with many aids to activate, settings to prevent motion sickness and even a full audio description. A very good thing to let everyone see this masterpiece, now in the best light on PS5. Come on, it’s time to wrap up.
- A solid graphic overhaul
- Faces that make a difference
- Another scary story
- A magic that remains unchanged
- Classic but strong enough
- More accessibility options
- Lots of bonuses for fans
- Details remain as of 2013
- A remake that is very superficial
As you would expect, with The Last of Us Part 1, PlayStation and Naughty Dog have worked to faithfully recreate the basic adventure in all that is required. On the one hand, the graphics are very beautiful and realistic, while on the other, the levels and the game are reminiscent of the years of 2010. But in the end, all we remember is the amazing epic with Ellie and Joël, even if we are already. know their story. Even after ten years, The Last of Us’s script and plot are timeless. It’s still strong, scary, attractive. A steamroller that makes us forget the anachronistic effects of the style and some mistakes. More than ever, it’s time to (re)discover this post-apocalyptic masterpiece!
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