Ever wonder what The Last of Us Part II might look like if it came out in the 90’s on the original PlayStation 1? Ponder no further, as an enterprising “demake” game developer has created just such a thing in Dreams, Media Molecule’s stunningly versatile game creation tool.
Created and posted to YouTube by Bearly Regal, who also remade Cyberpunk 2077 as a PS1 game, The Last of Us Part II PS1 demake is an amusingly accurate recreation of game design and graphics from a bygone polygonal era. Even better, Bearly Regal has added a somber guitar soundtrack to the whole thing, and even included the strained cries of the blind clicker zombies, who themselves are now just gangly-looking, pink humanoid blobs.
Check out the video in the tweet below from The Last of Us series creative director Neil Druckmann for a quick glance at the “PS1” version of The Last of Us Part II, or check out the full six-minute video on Bearly Regal’s channel.
The music is *chef’s kiss*! Would play! https://t.co/ChNmujmN2u
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) February 1, 2020
The video demonstration shows off a, well, much blockier version of Ellie wandering through the weedy Seattle suburb streets and houses that we’ve seen in previous actual demo footage of the real The Last of Us Part II. There, Ellie is hunted by a group of human scavengers. In this PS1 remake, we simply see Ellie traverse around a couple of homes and streets before a pack of clickers happen upon her, where she then slowly crawls her way to safety.
One similarity we noticed was Ellie’s ability to clamber out onto the porch roof of one house, giving her a higher vantage point over the scene. It’s similar to a sequence from a previous demo, where Ellie manages to shoot one enemy human from afar before firebombing and blasting her way through two others from the porch roof. Appropriately enough, the clickers don’t seem to find Ellie unless she makes too much noise.
Bearly Regal has become known on YouTube for his “remakes” of major games in Media Molecule’s Dreams, including a PS1 “remake” of Death Stranding, as well as various other recreations of games in LEGO Worlds.
Naughty Dog vice president and The Last of Us series creative director Neil Druckmann retweeted Bearly Regal’s trailer, highlighting how much he enjoyed the music the Dreams creator added.
If you’re hungry for more The Last of Us Part II, you can check out our extensive impressions of the most recent gameplay demo. Don’t forget that pre-orders for The Last of Us Part II’s collector’s edition are up, so get yours before it’s gone.
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