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Experience the emotional storytelling and unforgettable characters of Joel and Ellie in The Last of Us, winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards and now rebuilt for PlayStation 5.
―Game overview.

The Last of Us Part I is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and PlayStation Studios and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is a remake of the 2013 game The Last of Us and its standalone expansion Left Behind. It was released on September 2, 2022,[2] for PlayStation 5 and was released for Microsoft Windows on March 28, 2023.[1]


Main article: The Last of Us#Plot

The plot of Part I is exactly the same as the original, with a new virus turning humans into hostile infected and being set 20 years after such. It follows a hardened survivor Joel and an immune teenager Ellie crossing across a post-apocalyptic United States in order to find a group called the Fireflies, who would be able to create a cure against the disease by studying Ellie's immunity.


Similar to the original game on PlayStation 3 (and remastered for the PS4), The Last of Us Part I is an action-adventure game with survival horror elements, played from the third-person perspective. The game was rebuilt from the ground up using Naughty Dog's latest engine on the PS5, leveraging the leap in technology with its powerful hardware. The game implements modernized gameplay, improved controls and performance, and expanded accessibility options closer to that of 2020's The Last of Us Part II. Visual fidelity, effects, exploration, and combat have all been enhanced as well. The game also supports PS5 hardware features including 3D audio and the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers of the DualSense controller.[2]


In April 2021, Jason Schreier of Bloomberg first reported that a remake of The Last of Us was being secretly developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation 5. He noted that the project was originally being developed by the Sony's Visual Arts Service Group studio, however, Sony grew dissatisfied with the studio's progress on the game. Sony reconfigured them into a support studio and tasked Naughty Dog with developing the project, partially due to their other planned titles being at various stages in pre-production and a lack of familiarity with the PS5's hardware.[3] The remake was helmed by game director Matthew Gallant and creative director Shaun Escayg.[2]

Release and promotion[]


The Last of Us Part I was officially announced by Sony at the Summer Games Fest on June 9, 2022. Just prior, a listing of the game was accidentally leaked on the PlayStation Direct website, revealing the game prematurely.[4] A trailer was released with the announcement and a release date was set for September 2, 2022, for PlayStation 5 and a later date for Microsoft Windows. They also announced three retail editions of the game available for pre-order: Standard, Digital Deluxe, and Firefly.[2]

Retail editions[]

The Last of Us Part I is available in three editions. The Standard Edition ($69.99 USD MSRP/ $89.99 CAD MSRP/ €79.99 EUR MSRP) includes just the base game as well as the standalone prequel chapter Left Behind. The Digital Deluxe Edition ($79.99 USD MSRP/ $99.99 CAD MSRP/ €89.99 EUR MSRP) allows the player to unlock several items and skill upgrades early, as well as a gameplay modifier, render mode, and six weapon skins. The Firefly Edition ($99.99 USD MSRP) includes all the aforementioned features plus a SteelBook display case and all four issues of The Last of Us: American Dreams, each with their own new cover variant. This edition is only available for order in the United States via the PlayStation Direct website.[2]

Pre-ordering any edition grants the player with bonus supplements and parts to upgrade their skills and weapons, respectively.

Features Standard Edition Digital Deluxe Edition Firefly Edition
Game disc
Early access to increased crafting speed skill
Early access to increased healing speed skill
Early access to 9mm pistol reload speed upgrade
Early access to hunting rifle clip capacity upgrade
Early access to explosive arrows gameplay modifier
Early access to dither punk render mode
Early access to Speedrun Mode
Early access to six weapon skins
SteelBook® case
American Dreams issues 1–4 with new cover art
Bonus supplements and parts Pre-order Pre-order Pre-order

Release and reception[]

Much like the original The Last of Us, Part I released to universal acclaim from numerous critics. Notably, the improved audio and visual quality received significant focus, with many viewing it a clear superior version of the original.[6] The imported accessibility features from Part II were also heralded as industry leading and an appreciated inclusion into the game as it makes the game easier to play for many players in a way the original was not. Visually, the character models and lighting were praised and interpreted as providing the game's setting with a greater sense of emotion and ambiance.[7]

However, the gameplay did divide some critics. While enemy AI was viewed as much better, with the enemies now behaving more intelligently across all difficulties rather than solely on Grounded, the actual level design was viewed as rather dated, especially as the dodging and prone mechanics from Part II were not transferred over.[6] Further, beyond aesthetic inclusions regarding Joel and Ellie's new character skins, no notable new content was included and critics actually criticised the exclusion of a remake of Factions MP, the original game's multiplayer mode. Despite these criticisms, Part I is lauded as the definitive version of the game and a vast improvement on the original, especially for experiencing the game's story.[5]

Regarding the story, while it is the exact same as the original, the improved presentation led critics to conclude it remained the standout tale for a PlayStation title, notably through its focus on character and using gameplay to build Joel and Ellie's relationship.[7]

On a separate note, the game's price tag did receive some criticism. Despite some saying Part I is the definitive way to experience The Last of Us, many regarded the price tag as too expensive and viewed the Remastered version of PlayStation 4 as a much more affordable game and the preferred choice to play, especially given the quality improvement did not justify the high pricing.[5]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog). “The Last of Us Part I PC Will Now Be Released on March 28. an Update from Our Team:” Twitter, 3 Feb. 2023,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Snyder, Rochelle (June 9, 2022). "The Growing Future of The Last Of Us". Naughty Dog. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  3. Schreier, Jason (April 9, 2021). Sony's Obsession With Blockbusters Is Stirring Unrest Within PlayStation Empire. Bloomberg. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  4. Skrebels, Joe (June 9, 2022). The Last of Us Remake Officially Revealed: Arriving in September for PS5, PC Version on the Way. IGN. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Last of Us Part I reviews, The Open Critic, (Accessed September 3, 2022)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Part I review, GameSpot, (Accessed September 3, 2022)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Part I review, IGN, (Accessed September 3, 2022)