The Last of Us: Part II - Remastered Review

Dan Webb

While The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is a long way away from being the quickest remaster in history to release after the original game, it's not far off. It all comes down to what you classify as a remaster, though. For instance, was GTA V on PS4 and Xbox One a remaster or a new-gen release? On the flip side, The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered doesn't exactly come across as a remaster, despite the moniker. I'd argue it's more of an Extended Edition.

When something is traditionally labelled a remaster, we tend to think of fancy new visuals and a shiny new exterior. The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered, in that respect, doesn't really meet that criteria. Sure, it does now run in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, or 1440p and 60fps, but you'd be hard pushed to tell the difference between this version and the PS5 patch that already exists for the original. The truth is, the PS4 Pro version of The Last of Us Part 2 was already stunning, so the two PS5 updates seem more like refinements than a reinvention of the wheel.

As aforementioned, however, The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is more about the new features than the supposed lick of paint. For fans of the original, the ‘Lost Levels’ - though incredibly short (you can play all three in about 20 minutes) - are pretty neat additions. And you don't need to replay the game to access them - they're available from the get-go via one of the front-end menus.

For our money, the development commentary, which can be toggled on or off upon completing the story once, is a truly fascinating addition. Our only complaint is that there just isn't nearly enough of it. While it's great to hear from director Neil Druckmann and lead actors Troy Baker, Ashley Williams, Laura Bailey, and the like, these commentary sections only take place during the game's cutscenes. Personally, I'm perhaps more interested in some of the game design during gameplay sequences, but that's not really catered for. Different strokes for different folks and all that.

The biggest, and by far, best part of TLOU2R is the new roguelike game mode, ‘No Return’, which has you battling through random scenarios, decking out your character and build with each run, in an effort to get through to the boss stage. These self-contained runs have their own crafting mechanics, reward boxes, in-game shop, currency and modifiers, which make every experience truly unique. If you wanted to play as Joel again, or play as Tommy, you can unlock more characters, too, each with their own set of abilities and strengths to lean into.

Anyone who played the original The Last of Us Part 2 on PS4 will already know how excellent the combat is, and in this compelling environment, it truly shines once more. With tons of familiar maps, different enemy types, encounter types, options and more, No Return is a fine addition. If you're paying for the upgrade, No Return is worth the price of admission alone, and will go some way to quelling the disappointment that stemmed from the recently cancelled The Last of Us multiplayer game.

Is The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered the best edition of the game, then? Absolutely. Is there much of a difference between the main game and the PS5 patch for the PS4 version of TLOU2 that Naughty Dog rolled out a few years ago? Absolutely not. You'd be hard pushed to notice the difference, in truth. That said, with the new roguelike No Return game mode (which is bloody ace), the developer commentary, and Lost Levels, The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is actually a fantastic package. If you own the original, No Return makes the upgrade worthwhile, and the developer commentary is just the cherry on the cake. And if you haven't yet played The Last of Us Part 2, the Remastered version is the best yet, and most definitely the way to go.

The Last of Us: Part II - Remastered

Adding No Return and some riveting developer commentary onto what is already an absolutely stellar game makes The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered the perfect package for both new players, and those who are making the upgrade. Just don't expect much of a visual overhaul.

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The music and acting is still best in class. Throw in the new developer commentary on top of that, and you've got the perfect package.


The Last of Us Part 2 was already one of the best looking games I've ever played, and it still is - even without the massive visual update.


It still plays like a dream, and with No Return, the combat gets a chance to shine even more.


The developer commentary, Lost Levels and No Return mode, add to what is already a pretty special game.


It's basically The Last of Us Part 2’s list with DLC trophies and some new No Return trophies. That's it.

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