No Return, for returning players especially, is as good a reason as any to be picking up The Last of Us Part II Remastered this month when it launches for PlayStation 5.
It’s a jam-packed roguelike mode that time and again recontextualises and presents the game’s visceral and stark combat in so many different lights. I always found it novel to be fighting a faction like The Rattlers in one of Seattle’s dilapidated parking garages, as they only feature in the game’s closing chapters far away from the so-called Emerald City.
Another thing I love about No Return is how it places us in the shoes of so many different characters from within The Last of Us Part II’s universe. I refrain from referring to them as good or bad as the game is deliberate in its attempts to humanise all sides in this grey world, so I’ll do as they do and refer to the characters as either Ellie-aligned or Abby-aligned.
Here’s a rundown of all of the playable characters, their unique skins, and how to unlock the lot.
These all presented as challenges from within the No Return menu. It’s also worth noting that unless a character is specifically mentioned, these challenges can be completed by any character.
Complete 2 encounters with Ellie
Unlocks Dina as a playable character
Upgrade all Perseverance skills as Ellie
Unlocks Ellie’s ‘Plaid’ skin
Kill 4 enemies with Molotovs in one encounter
Unlocks Ellie’s ‘Rain Jacket’ skin
Collect every gun in one run as Ellie
Unlocks Ellie’s ‘Savage Starlight’ skin
Complete 3 encounters with Dina
Unlocks Jesse as a playable character
Kill 4 enemies with trap mines in one encounter
Unlocks Dina’s ‘Hangout’ skin
Craft 10 times in a run
Unlocks Dina’s ‘Casual’ skin
Craft a health kit, Molotov, trap mine, and stun bomb in a run
Unlocks Dina’s ‘Patrol’ skin
Complete 3 encounters with Jesse
Unlocks Tommy as a playable character
Purchase 10 items from the Trading Post in one run