Despite its gorgeous graphics, new accessibility features, and expanded mechanics, many feel the Last of Us Part 1 Remake is not worth the price.
The Last of Us Part 1 remake looks great, but with a 70$ price tag, will it actually be worth it to any but the most die-hard fans? The game’s stunning graphics and expanded features are impressive, but the steep cost has many fans feeling like the remake is just a cash grab. Although the upcoming game is one of the first PS5 remakes to be sold at this price point, it is likely not the last.
Following the trend unfortunately set by the Last of Us Part 2, the Last of Us Part 1 remake was leaked not once, but twice. Although fans have known about the upcoming remake for over a year, the official announcement was one of Summer Game Fest 2022’s biggest reveals. At the showcase, Naught Dog’s co-president Neil Druckmann revealed that in addition to the remastering of the game’s graphics, the remake will feature new enemy AI and combat options. The actors’ original performances have been reanimated, and given the advance in technology since the Last of Us Part 1′s release, there is no denying that the game looks beautiful.
Unfortunately, for many fans, replaying the Last of Us Part 1 simply isn’t worth 70$, no matter how gorgeous the game looks. Although The Last of Us Part 1 is widely considered to be one of the best games of its type, it’s difficult to justify spending 70$ to experience the same story, when that money could be spent on a brand-new game. While The Last of Us Part 1 remake is surely a labor of love, there is no way it has a production cost high enough to warrant its price point. On PS5, the Last of Us Part 1 remake will cost as much as Horizon Forbidden West, an original title that took five years to make.
Is TLOU’s Remake Signaling The First Wave Of Overpriced Ps5 Remakes?
Overcharging players for the Last of Us Part 1’s remake is a deliberate, disappointing move that could signal a troubling shift in Sony’s pricing. With a Resident Evil 4 remake confirmed for Ps5, and many more remakes likely to follow, The Last of Us Part 1 remake could be the beginning of a slew of high-priced nostalgia cash-ins. It seems remakes may come to be treated as luxury products. If someone can’t afford the price tag, they can just play the cheaper, original version. Dedicated fans will pay for the upgrade, and depending on the product in question, a publisher may need to sell fewer copies to turn a profit.
The answer to whether The Last of Us Part 1 remake is worth 70$ is, objectively, no – but players will need to make that decision for themselves. No one can dismiss the cost, but to those who would like to see The Last of Us Part 2’s gameplay features incorporated into the Last of Us Part 1, or simply haven’t experienced the first game’s heart-wrenching story, TLOU’s remake may be well worth the price. Hopefully the backlash around the game’s price will lead Sony to lower price tags for future remakes, but for the time being, returning to The Last of Us Part 1 remains an expensive experience.
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