- The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered’s No Return mode emphasizes the importance of loot and upgrades, making every piece of loot feel crucial for survival, and the mode could not work without the series’ underappreciated Workbench mechanic.
- The Weapon Workbench plays a vital role in No Return mode, with each upgrade increasing the player’s chances of survival and creating a satisfying experience.
- In No Return mode, having a good loadout and set of upgrades can make a significant difference between success and failure, highlighting the importance of careful resource management.
While The Last of Us franchise is world-renowned for its stellar storytelling, great writing, and rich characters, it’s pretty widely believed that it isn’t the most complex series when it comes to the actual gameplay. While The Last of Us‘ combat encounters are always intense and engaging, its moment-to-moment exploration can get a tad repetitive, with many lengthy sequences of gameplay feeling more like a chance for characters to exposit dialogue. Thankfully, the second game in the series made some big improvements to gameplay, and they’re even more evident in The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered.
With some even shinier visuals, some DualSense integration, and some brand new modes, The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered has become the definitive way to play the modern classic. But some of The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered‘s best bits aren’t actually new additions or enhancements, as instead they’re when an old mechanic gets a new chance to shine in the spotlight, and that’s exactly what No Return does for The Last of Us‘ Workbench.
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The Last of Us Part 2’s No Return Mode Makes the Workbench Feel More Important Than Ever
Loot Has Never Been More Precious Than in The Last of Us No Return
A feature clearly heavily inspired by the survival horror genre and games like Resident Evil, The Last of Us franchise ensures that players never have an abundance of ammunition or supplies. Though this rule can be bent on lower difficulties, players will usually only have just enough ammo to get through a combat encounter, or just enough healing supplies to recover from a boss fight. Exploration thus becomes a key part of The Last of Us‘ core gameplay loop, with players spending a good portion of the runtime searching cabinets, chests, and drawers for any scrap of loot.
Loot has always been of paramount importance in The Last of Us, but that’s even truer for The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered‘s No Return mode. A roguelike mode that sees players engage in multiple successive combat encounters, No Return puts weapon upgrades, character upgrades, and crafting at the very center of the experience, with players returning to a hideout between each encounter to gear up. In The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered‘s No Return mode, a good loadout and set of upgrades can easily mean the difference between a completed run and an instant death, which makes every single piece of loot feel that much more important.
Every Workbench Upgrade Feels Crucial in The Last of Us No Return
But by far the shining hero of The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered‘s No Return mode is the Weapon Workbench, a feature that’s only continued to gain prominence over the years with each new remaster and remake. In The Last of Us Part 2‘s story mode, the Weapon Workbench is an incredibly useful tool, allowing players to trade their loot for weapon upgrades, and giving them a satisfying little animation in the process. In No Return, Weapon Workbenches play an even more important role, and feel even more satisfying to use.
Weapons are the lifeblood of The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered‘s No Return mode, even more so than in the base game, with each character receiving a unique starting weapon that quickly becomes their main tool for survival. For the first few No Return encounters, players will likely only have one weapon, and keeping it upgraded becomes a necessity. With each upgrade comes an increasing feeling that this run might be the one, and that sensation, paired with The Last of Us Part 2‘s great animations, makes the Workbench feel more satisfying to use than ever before.
The Last Of Us Part II Remastered
- The Last of Us
- January 19, 2024
- Sony Interactive Entertainment
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs