The Last Of Us Part I
Naughty Dog’s beloved post-apocalyptic adventure underwent a significant facelift ahead of its PS5 re-release, but crucially, retained the captivating storytelling, compelling characterisation, and emotional depth of the original. The result is a playing experience that feels richer, more fluid, and somehow even more intense than when Joel and Ellie were first introduced a decade ago.
If you’ve not played The Last of Us before, the fidelity and detail present in The Last of Us Part I is immediately impressive. If you have fond memories of the PS3 2013 release like us, get ready to see the crumbling cityscape in a fresh new light – quite literally. Character models, environments, and lighting conditions have been rebuilt from the ground up using Naughty Dog’s latest engine to take advantage of the PS5’s processing power and 4k capabilities. It’s this reinvigorated realism – sweat beading on Joel’s furrowed brow, fine spores floating in the air, and poignant signs of a populace interrupted – that helps to create a dizzying level of immersion.
To build on this, the developers have also made use of the PS5 DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive trigger abilities, which shudder into action when gunfire or the thunderous gallop of your horse breaks the stillness. They upgraded the sound mixing to support 3D audio too, which ramps up the tension and makes the Clickers’ distinctive, echoing call all the more unnerving.
If the TV series has piqued your curiosity or you’ve been debating whether to invest the time in revisiting the world of The Last of Us, now’s the perfect time to dive right into The Last of Us Part I. The characters are some of the most engaging and believable you’ll ever come across, and creeping through the overgrown ruins of desolate Boston has never looked, sounded, or felt better. Fortunately, EE has some great value PS5 bundles that you can purchase directly or add to your mobile plan if you’re an existing EE customer, so you can experience it for yourself. Plus, each bundle includes Gamer’s Data Pass, Video Pass, and 24 months of PS Plus Premium, which you can use to play a two hour trial of The Last of Us Part I before diving in.