Well, many of you will have seen this a couple of hours ago when it leaked, but – surprise! Here’s your first look at The Last of Us: Part I, which is launching on 2nd September for PS5. The game’s been redeveloped from the ground-up for Sony’s new-gen console, and there’s no doubt that the environmental art and character models have taken an enormous stride forward. The PS3 original and its PS4 remaster were already lookers, of course, but there are clear improvements here.
It’s worth mentioning that, while it’s barely shown in the trailer, the gameplay is also getting reshaped for this re-release: “Enjoy a total overhaul of the original experience, faithfully reproduced but incorporating modernised gameplay, improved controls, and expanded accessibility options,” the official blurb from Sony reveals. “Plus, feel immersed with improved effects and enhanced exploration and combat.”
In truth, we’re looking at the intersection between a remake and a remaster here. Obviously, all of the original motion capture and voice acting is being used, but the models and environments have been completely rebuilt. We’re looking forward to seeing extended gameplay, because the gunplay in The Last of Us: Part II is some of the best around – and it sounds like that’s what’s being leveraged here.
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