The last of us – Left Behind DLC review
How does one add DLC to a game like the last of us? For those that have played it, you’ll know what I’m talking about. To those that haven’t, it’s quite simply one of the best written, best voice acted, and all round engaging games I’ve played in a long time. I won’t go on but this game is one of those key games that you remember throughout your gaming life.
(Warning some main story spoilers, I’ll do my best to not ruin it!)
The story begins at the main game story line moment when Joel is impaled at the university and Ellie is left to keep Joel alive in a classic role reversal. If you’ve played the main game you’ll remember this particular part in the story line was lacking detail of how Ellie manages this. This is precisely what you play out during the DLC. During your mission to save Joel you flip-flop back to happier times with Ellie and Riley (her best friend) and their adventures leading up to Ellie entering the main story line. If you remember Ellie refers to her friend Riley during the main story line. While this might sound confusing on paper, it works really well during the game, Naughty dog once again producing the goods.
Without going into to much detail and hence too many spoilers, the two story lines break down like this. Ellie and Riley are best friends who are mostly kept apart by a more confined militarized world. They risk breaking several rules by seeing each other and during this day they head out on an open world adventure which leads to excellent game play puzzles, some really well thought out scenes, plenty of collectibles and lest we forget more ultra frightening environments full of ‘infected’. There’s a the classic engaging story line that is expertly voice acted as has become expected from this franchise. The gritty, frightening, what’s around the next bend world is still there in all it’s glory.
The other half of the story involves Ellie saving Joel’s life in a classic TLOU ‘heart stopper’ thrilling and emotional experience. The ‘infected’ and mercenaries are both hunting you (and each other) while Ellie must find medical supplies to save Joel’s life. You must overcome many obstacles and challenges along the way. As per the main story line you are completely engaged and feel an emotional attachment to Ellie and share her struggle and sometimes helplessness. It’s a truly engaging atmosphere one that is additive and yet frightening at the same time.
I truly loved the main story and for fans like myself the DLC is worth every cent to play an additional 3+ hours of TLOU again. You’ll obtain a better understanding and back story as to how Ellie led to meeting Joel and further insight into Ellie’s escapades trying to save Joel’s life.