Game review by Nic Brown
In 2013, Sony released a new game exclusively for the PS3 system. On the surface “The Last of Us” was a fairly standard “post-apocalypse-infected-humans-mission based shooter” like many before it. However, the game stood out, not so much because of its graphics, which were extremely good, or for the game play itself, which was challenging and enjoyable, but again similar to other entries in the genre. What made “The Last of Us” a truly unique and outstanding gaming experience was the story. Now the folks at Naughty Dog Games who made the original have released a supplemental downloadable game addition called “The Last of Us: Left Behind”.
Set during the action of the first game, “The Last of Us: Left Behind” follows what happened to Ellie after Joel was gravely wounded during an attack, not by infected humans, but by a ruthless gang of survivors they encountered during the second quarter of the original game. The supplement itself is split into two mission/story arcs. The first follows Ellie as she tries to find the supplies she needs to treat Joel’s wounds while avoiding the infected and other obstacles. The second story is a flashback to before Ellie met Joel, showing her with her best friend Riley.
The first story arc involves a lot of the standard game play style seen in the original game as Ellie finds refuge in an abandoned mall and then makes her way through it looking for the supplies she needs to suture Joel’s wound shut. Her initial stock of weapons and items for crafting weapons and health kits is limited to a gun with no bullets and one health kit, so as the player explores, they also have to be vigilant to find supplies for game play
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The second story arc is different. This one mostly plays out with Ellie interacting with Riley, and through that interaction we learn a lot more about Ellie’s life before the game play starts in “The Last of Us”. We also discover the depth of Ellie’s friendship with Riley and it helps us understand more of the complexities in the relationship between her and Joel and how it develops.
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“The Last of Us: Left Behind” is a short game supplement which can be run through in a few hours, longer if you spend time following the sub-plots and looking closely for collectables. Don’t expect a full-length gaming experience like the original. This is more of a single chapter to that story. However, the downloadable content is priced reasonably for what it is and players who loved the original will find “The Last of Us: Left Behind” to be well worth the time and investment. So check out “The Last of Us: Left Behind” and when you do, take your time with it. There is a lot of good play story content in this relatively short game add-on and you don’t want to find yourself left behind by not exploring it to its fullest.