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The Last of Us PC Review

The original Last of Us game released in 2013 and was an immediate hit, spawning a franchise of its own that now includes a sequel, a record-breaking HBO adaptation, and more. For nearly a decade, anyone wanting to play The Last of Us video games for themselves has needed to own a PlayStation console, but that’s finally changed with the PC port of The Last of Us Part 1.

The Last of Us Part 1 is a remake of the award-winning 2013 original, bringing Joel and Ellie’s story to modern standards by upping the graphics, adding more accessibility options, and introducing new game modes. The Last of Us Part 1 originally released as a PS5 exclusive last year and earned widespread critical acclaim, with many pointing to it as the definitive way to experience The Last of Us.
The Last of Us Part 1 is nearly a 1:1 remake in terms of the gameplay, story, and general content, with some exceptions. It is missing the original Last of Us’ Factions multiplayer mode, which is a shame, because it was a genuinely strong addition to the original game back in the day. It’s possible that the upcoming Last of Us multiplayer game played a role in Factions being set aside in The Last of Us Part 1, but regardless, it’s still disappointing that it didn’t make the jump in the remake.

One thing that The Last of Us Part 1 has that the original didn’t is the Left Behind expansion built-in and accessible from the start. Left Behind was a standalone expansion for the original Last of Us that revealed more about Ellie’s backstory. Thanks to Left Behind being part of the package, and enjoying the same massive upgrades as the base game, those playing The Last of Us Part 1 as their introduction to the franchise can have a more complete view of one of gaming’s greatest stories out of the gate, whereas those that played the original had to wait months for Left Behind to drop.

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