2023 is a big year for The Last of Us. It’s the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed game, which was released for the PlayStation 3 at the time. To celebrate the milestone, a strong The Last of Us series appeared on HBO Max, Naughty Dog is coming with a multiplayer game set in the same universe, and PC gamers can finally get started with The Last of Us Part 1.
A master story
The story of The Last of Us, of course, was not changed by the move to PC. Players still step into the shoes of Joel, who spends his days as a smuggler in a post-apocalyptic world. Twenty years ago, he evolved a fungus that can nest in people’s brains and control them like some kind of zombie. The remnants of people that remain live in Quarantine Zones, ruled with an iron fist by the fascist PHAEDRA.
Joel’s day-to-day is turned upside down when he is assigned to smuggle a different kind of ‘cargo’: a 14-year-old girl named Ellie. For the rogue group The Fireflies, it is critical that Ellie is brought to downtown Boston with another group of Fireflies. One problem: Boston has been overrun by Infected, and the local group of Fireflies has been nearly wiped out by Phaedra. So it’s up to Joel and his partner Tess to get Ellie safely to her destination.
What follows is an adventure of about 15 hours that you will not soon forget. He narration by Naughty Dog is often praised and The Last of Us is one of the main reasons for that. Before long you empathize with the characters, all of whom are far from perfect. Therefore, they feel like real people, which makes it even more painful when you have to say goodbye to them.
High hopes for the PC port
When the PC port was announced, it was cause for celebration for many. Finally, a new group of players could come into contact with the adventure of Joel and Ellie. Sony has also made some mistakes with PC ports, ever since the publisher started doing it in 2020. Ports like God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, and Days Gone all work great on PC.
The expectations only rose when it was announced that Naughty Dog has also contributed to the PC port, along with Iron Galaxy, and that many special options have been added for the platform.
The amount of options on PC is therefore highly commendable. You can use Ray-Tracing, Nvidia’s DLSS, and AMD’s FSR, plus a huge list of other settings to play with. And then there are also different options for the control Sfrom mouse and keyboard to full DualSense controller support, including haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
It is clear that the developers have more experience with drivers, because we strongly recommend that you use the keyboard shortcuts on the keyboard There seems to be a function tied to almost every key, which doesn’t always work intuitively. If your flashlight starts to fail during a tense moment, you don’t want to be searching for the ‘J’ on your keyboard.
It’s clear that a lot of attention has been paid to the PC version of The Last of Us Part 1, but despite everything, the performance is only very disappointing. The port is plagued with technical issues, from very annoying crashes to sometimes hilarious bugs. Naughty Dog has already introduced several hot fixes and updates to fix problems, which has been successful to some extent.
Since then we haven’t had as many bugs, but a big problem is still the performance. It’s not so much that performance is bad across the board, but more that there’s no line to draw and so you’re constantly in for surprises.
We had moments where we could enjoy beautiful views, including the setting sun, with a smooth and high frame rate. But when we then walk down the halls of a dark, abandoned office building, a situation where a PC’s hardware theoretically has to work a lot less, we’re faced with noticeably low frame rates and frame drops. That inconsistency makes playing The Last of Us on PC very frustrating, as the game proves that a good performance possible, but often just decides to treat you to a lousy experience.
The Last of Us Part 1 PC Review – Missed Opportunity
The Last of Us Part 1 port was perhaps one of the most anticipated ports of a PlayStation game. Sadly, Iron Galaxy and Naughty Dog didn’t deliver the port fans were hoping for and that’s a great shame.
The potential is certainly there, with many settings on the PC, extensive options for it. control S and, of course, the amazing adventure that The Last of Us Part 1 offers. It is expected that more work will be done on the PC version in the near future and that the game can finally be played in a good condition, but at the moment we cannot recommend the port.