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Review: The Last of Us – Left Behind

Left Behind is the first and only story DLC for last years ground breaking game The Last of Us. The DLC is a prequel to the main game and shows us a more child like Ellie with her best friend Riley as go through an old abandoned mall together. With lots of hype set around this and potentially being the last were see of The Last of Us universe does it live up to the hype? Well yes of course it does.

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Reviewed on: Playstation 3
Also Available On: N/A
Release Date: Out Now

So some minor SPOILERS are ahead for both the main campaign and the DLC so the short review is; Go get it! But for the rest of us lets indulge in one last Naughty Dog worship for this game.

The game surprisingly picks up in the winter section of the main campaign where you the player control Ellie as she travels through a mall trying to find medicine. This also is also in parallel with Ellie back in Boston three weeks before she meets Joel where she and her friend Riley walk through an abandoned mall. You will jump between the segments as the two to three hours campaign goes on. With the current Ellie struggling to survive against infected and humans and in the past walking and exploring in a safe environment. What will make this DLC memorable is the segments with Riley. To see Ellie being more of  a child, finding the best of the bad situation they are in. The two will play games with each other and just talk and basically act like young teenagers aimlessly walking around a mall, which we all do today. With the fantastic writing and acting it’s easy too believe this two girls are best friends. They get in conversations about each other and the people they knew and joke around. A highlight being when the girls walk around a costume shop and ponder why people would buy things like monster masks, or when they play with water guns.

The Last of Us Left Behind

The action and survival comes from the future segments with Ellie avoiding infected and humans. Overall Ellie plays similar to how Joel does, obviously she is smaller so she can’t melee enemies quite as well, but still you can approach enemies head on or quietly and with Ellie’s unbreakable switch blade stealth instant kills don’t cost resources. Human and infected enemies can now interact with each other, so instead of running into a situation you can hang back and throw a brick to get the infected rowdy and attack the human enemies. While the combat is fine and searching for equipment is all good, It did feel, particularly near the end in the way, The draw to the game is the time Ellie has with Riley, no combat and just seeing the friends hanging out, hence why I don’t want to go into too much specifics about those moments.[tabgroup][tab title=”The Good“]
Returning to the world
Great characters and story
Slight forward thinking in combat

[/tab][tab title=”The Bad“]Maybe a bit on the short side

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Steven, born in England and recently moved to Australia is studying Film and Media Studies at Uni. Always enjoying a good chat about video games writing for TPoW.

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