Some may find it difficult to believe that The Last of Us was released for PlayStation 3 in 2013 and PlayStation 4 the following year. While the PS4 version arguably still stands up pretty well after eight years, the upcoming The Last of Us Part 1 will allow it to use all of the PlayStation 5s improved hardware.
Naughty Dog recently offered fans a sneak peek at the upcoming remake of The Last of Us. While some of the visual changes are difficult to notice, a few minor adjustments stand out.
The protagonist in this scene is standing on horseback, following and conversing with another character ahead of him. One of the first changes that come to mind in The Last of Us Part 1 is the animations. Joel sits rigidly on the back of his horse, with his right arm held away from his body, while his posture is much more relaxed in the PS5 remake, and his body bounces along with the horses in a manner that appears much more fluid and natural.
The lighting has also been improved, giving a much clearer contrast between light and shadow. Furthermore, designers appear to have altered the scenes' color palette, altering some of the green shades in a much more photorealistic way. Particularly on the grass lining either side of the road, The Last of Us Part 1 seems to be a significant improvement over the PS4 version.
If one takes the time to notice them, its debatable how much the improvements will add value to the game. Last month, an animator from developer Naughty Dog reacted angrily against several fans' claims that The Last of Us Part 1 was a cash grab. And while better lighting and smoother animations might not be enough to convince everyone that The Last of Us is worth buying again.
Naughty Dog promised that The Last of Us Part 1 would have improved gameplay as well as audio-visual improvements. Therefore, it may be worth keeping an eye on the remake until after the game is released. Both ways, The Last of Us brings some good news for PC gamers, with the game finally coming to PC after almost a decade of PlayStation exclusivity.
On September 2, 2022, The Last of Us Part 1 will be released on PS5. A PC version is also in the works.