In case you missed it (because Naughty Dog surely did), The Last of Us Part 1 is out on the PC already.
Unfortunately, what should've been the best way to experience arguably the best narrative-driven game of its generation has been reduced to a mess of a port.
Just hours after launching, The Last of Us Part 1 was bombarded with negative reviews on the digital games distribution platform, Steam, due to visual bugs, performance issues, and shoddy optimization. Naughty Dog has since rolled out a hotfix, but something tells us that it still isn't working the way it should.
Nonetheless, you wouldn't know that The Last of Us Part 1 runs awfully on the PC based on what one fan is doing.
Taking advantage of the first-person camera option on the PC, @Ceraphyte gives us a more emotional look at one of the gaming industry's most drama-filled titles.
The Last of Us if it was an FPS. pic.twitter.com/rg7zWwDhy9
— Jay🌿 (@Ceraphyte) March 29, 2023
Ceraphyte's talent as a virtual photographer certainly has a lot to do with the emotionally charged stills, but you can't deny that there's potential to up the intimacy factor with an official FPS mode.
If nothing else, it certainly wouldn't hurt Naught Dog at all to look into it. After all, switching the perspective from third-person to first-person for the Resident Evil franchise did wonders for its popularity.
We're not saying that The Last of Us' luster is waning (you could argue that it's more popular than ever) but Ceraphyte's work opened us to a world of possibilities.
Naughty Dog could even ask Capcom for notes on how it pulled off seamless switching between the third-person and first-person modes in Resident Evil Village. And, since we're already reaching, Capcom could ask Naughty Dog for help on how to do a live-action adaptation right.
The Last of Us Part 1 has had tremendous success following the release of the HBO show. HBO's The Last of Us is currently confirmed for more seasons, with Season 2 not expected to premiere until late 2024 or early 2025.
Naughty Dog is currently working on a multiplayer spin-off to The Last of Us that may be revealed later this year. Fingers crossed, it has a first-person mode.