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  • Summary: Ellie returns as new light is shed on her relationship with Riley, her best friend from the military boarding school in which they both grew up. After inexplicably disappearing for weeks, Riley reappears in Ellie’s life with a surprising revelation. The two sneak out of their school for the last time, leading to a series of events that might forever change their lives. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
  1. Mar 21, 2014
    100
    Left Behind makes The Last of Us more relevant and an even better experience than the one we'd have playing only the original campaign.
  2. Feb 18, 2014
    100
    Left Behind is how story DLC should be done.
  3. Mar 1, 2014
    95
    Two and a half hours Left Behind has you laughing, get scared, angry and possibly even cry. The story is touching and the ruthless world of The Last of Us comes through even better than in the original game, due to little nuances in the gameplay. Left Behind is the highest quality of DLC.
  4. Feb 14, 2014
    90
    Left Behind offers the same emotion and intensity as The Last of Us, focusing on Ellie's relationship with Riley. Even so, the unbalanced relation between length and price may induce some players not to buy it.
  5. Feb 14, 2014
    88
    The Last of Us is one of the best games in recent years, and Left Behind keeps all of its virtues fresh. Riley is a great character and Ellie will be recorded in your heart. The only problem is that it is expensive for this duration of less than three hours.
  6. Mar 4, 2014
    80
    A bonus to the ingenious game is atmospheric, and although it brings nothing original, a return of the likeable heroes along with great gameplay is perfectly fine, even though it lasts for a couple of hours.
  7. Mar 21, 2014
    60
    The Last of Us: Left Behind is an extension that continues in the same vein as the original. The combat system is tight and the production is impressive. The adventure is however plagued of much padding, and a story that is more ambitious than actually good. The weaker section of the two in the series but worth a look if you feel you did not get enough last time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 96
  2. Negative: 13 out of 96
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    10
    A fantastic insight into Ellie's backstory. Some great combat sections and a few genuinely touching moments. Its short, but remember, its quality over quantity. Some people obviously don't know the meaning. And to the idiot's questioning why the last of us got 10's and was so highly rated, it received these rating's because it deserved to. These same people most probably haven't even played the full game, let alone this DLC. Expand
  2. Feb 27, 2014
    10
    Just like the main game,Left Behind is an aboslute masterpiece.Amazing graphics,incredible storyline,great gameplay and some of the best characters in gaming.The DLC could definetly be longer,it's only about 2 to 2 and a half hours long,but it's definetly worth it even for the pricepoint of 15 dollars.Quality over quantity,as they say.And when it comes to quality,this game has it all.Congratulations,Naughty Dog,you guys did it again! Expand
  3. Feb 15, 2014
    10
    Masterpiece DLC for a masterpiece game! A completely different experience, awesome soundtrack, awesome story even when you know what will be happen. 10/10 Expand
  4. Mar 27, 2014
    9
    A great prequel and Ellie's backstory, it's awesome, Riley's character was unique in this story, without her Ellie wouldn't be Ellie, The Last of Us and this DLC would leave a very and unforgettable mark in video games history. Expand
  5. Feb 19, 2014
    9
    This is a must play for Last Of Us fans -if you liked the main story game-. 2 things I liked here.
    1) You get to know what Ellie faced when
    she was trying to save Joel's life after the ambush in the uni during winter. Here the fans of The Last of Us Combat and stealth system should have their moments.
    2) Story and emotion intense exploring Ellie & Railly friendship. I read 2 of comic books "American Dream". But to get to play part of them is something else. I enjoyed watching and learning about this friendship.
    This DLC is short but worth it if you are fan of the game.
    I give this 8.5/10 but as there is no 8.5 here I will go up for 9.
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  6. Feb 15, 2014
    8
    I praised several elements that up to this point, id like to think, make The Last of Us a revolutionary game, it’s story, and the subjects that the game talks about. Left Behind tries it’s best to recreate the true “emotional” atmosphere that the main game did, it is impressive visually, the animations and graphics are never something to complain of while speaking about this game, as a matter of fact, technically the game it’s outstanding. However, the complains begin to rise when talking about the development of the characters and the reasoning behind creating a parallel storyline.

    It is something that i can’t stand, when a developer decides to put effort into creating something utterly unnecessary for the final product. It begins with the game giving you a hindsight in a minor plot hole of the main game’s storyline, Joel gets hurt and Ellie has to find a way to cure him. It’s irrelevant to the storyline of Ellie and Ashley, the parts that i thoroughly enjoyed were the ones that truly showed at it’s full splendor how special and unique the relationship between the two friends used to be.

    Ellie trying to find the medication for the injured Joel, doesn’t add to anything in game, and as matter of fact it retracts from the experience. The messages are also not that cleverly hidden, it is predictable and sometimes sneeringly cheesy, the way that they exploit in a banal and indirect perception of what friendship is. Luckily this happens on the first minutes of the game, and vanishes away for the rest of the experience.

    There are some truly special slow moments that show perfectly what correlates between Ashley and Ellie, the crafting of moments of them getting into a photo booth while laughing, only to then shade away into them looking at each other for a moment, those are the kind of moments where you would love to be part of this experience.
    The ending was somehow disappointing, it wasn’t necessarily a bad ending, but it goes without saying that this ending make use of every cliche in the book, while The Last of Us had a perfect ending in my opinion. This game just never clarifies or gives closure to the relation between Ashley and Ellie.

    The gameplay never forms part of the game, it feels pushed aside and gives a feeling of laziness. The first minutes you’re not going to be playing to the suspenseful, and dangerous game that you were used to play, it falls down to and spiral of absurd repetition, and oddly enough it happens in the awful, uninspiring section of Ellie sharing and empty care for Joel, it is almost like if each story was design by different people. The gameplay in the sections of Ellie and Ashley are beautiful, thoughtful, and extremely unique, even if they try to dumb down the game to plain simple interaction without any challenge whatsoever, it always feel fresh, and meaningful.

    It is insulting that someone in the development team decided to create a parallel storyline along side the beauty that it was Ellie’s and Ashley’s story, this game should have focus entirely in them and forgotten completely about an irrelevant “plot hole” of the game main’s storyline, that could’ve be easily filled with the mind of the player.
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  7. Mar 29, 2014
    0
    A poorly written afterthought that was overly reliant on her relationship with her friend. If you played Last of Us, there is nothing new. When I say nothing new I mean nothing period. The game is the same and you know EXACTLY what happens. Nothing is added to the narrative and nothing is helpful in filling out the backstory. This DLC was a waste of time, it was a waste of my time and money and it was a waste of Naughty Dogs time. The only thing that people remotely talk about is that two girls kiss. Its there to either shock you, make you feel good, or to push an agenda, nothing more. This DLC ANGERED me and I am upset that I had to pay for it, regardless of the price.
    The combat itself is all the same. They force you to fight in a large and excessive enemy rush that seems tacked on and unnecessary. Even the often referred to ability to coax survivors into fighting infected is badly programmed at best. The enemies clearly seem unintended to fight one another so it becomes a joke to watch them flail around in a mock fight.
    You'll love this DLC if you fall into the trap of whatever message they seem to think they are trying to share. Pulling at the heart strings of the consumer does not make for a good game or good writing. Otherwise don't waste your time.
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