The Last of Us Part 1 review round-up: As faithful as a remake can be

The Last of Us might not be at the top of the list of classic games that needed a PS5 remake but critics agree that it's a welcome release.


Demon's Souls remake for the PlayStation 5 paved the way for fans to hope that Sony has become open to remaking older titles. But, while there's a long list of Sony first-party titles that are well-deserve of a PS5 remake, Sony chose one that was way down at the bottom of the fictional list.

The Last of Us Part 1 was always going to ruffle feathers but it appears that critics can't deny that it's a welcome sight for sore eyes.

After being mentioned in a report last year, Naughty Dog finally confirmed in June that a remake of The Last of Us is in the works and it's coming out this month.

Several weeks of teases, trailers, and criticism later, which includes one developer defending the project from claims that it was nothing more than a cash grab, The Last of Us Part 1 is finally only days away from launching.

Now that the embargo has lifted, critics are allowed to say their piece about the remake of what can only be described as a gaming masterpiece. If nothing else, what they're saying is exactly what's expected: The Last of Us Part 1 is an unnecessary remake. But, many are in agreement that the improvements to the 2013 title are more than welcome. The Last of Us already looks great on the PS4 Pro and the PS5, but The Last of Us Part 1 takes things many steps further. The lighting, textures, animations, weapons, and even the AI, have all been overhauled.

Here's a round-up of the scores that critics gave The Last of Us Part 1:

The Last of Us Part 1 isn't a must-buy unless you have a PS5, in which case, you might want to pony up full retail price for a game you might already own.

Unfortunately, The Last of Us Part 1 doesn't include multiplayer. This isn't a deal-breaker for most, but it's one of the original title's most underrated features. The good news is that the next game in the franchise is multiplayer-only.

Speaking of what's next for The Last of Us, the PS5 remake is coming to a PC at a later date. We can only assume that this will be received positively. At the same time, it would go a long way toward helping the console manufacturer achieve its lofty goal of $300 million in PC port sales for the current fiscal year. Also, fans of the narrative-driven franchise can look forward to HBO's live-action adaptation that's coming out next year. The cable TV giant just released a teaser for HBO's The Last of Us and it was nothing short of glorious.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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