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  1. Feb 14, 2014
    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 18, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I rated 10 on the main game , but this DLC showed me everything... that when a developer gets to be very perfect here comes **** I know not everyone shares my opinion . I 've become very attached to the first game , and never crossed my mind that one day Ellie had a lesbian impulse with her best friend . Playing DLC I noticed that affection between the two girls was natural , but the relationship was intensify. And then suddenly, Ellie kisses Riley . It may be an innocent kiss, but I have my doubts . The problem is that in my opinion totally changed my perspective on the character in the main campaign . Why the hell would do that one DLC ? Okay , there is a fenomenal narrative and scenarios so well made , but the key factor here is not it. Ellie gay ? Is it? A revelation of such importance in a DLC ? This kind of issue should be addressed early on in the campaign. Here we go ..... if Ellie and Riley shared a strong feeling among them , why not Ellie took his own life , knowing was infected and her had only the time as enemy? In my opinion the writer had a serious problem in considering the history in the main campaign or they wanted from the beginning to present Ellie as gay .

    The issue is that the DLC changed my eyesight on the character in the story, I mean, the game played with your conscious presenting two perspectives, when the first was practically defined (creating another completely useless).
  3. Feb 14, 2014
    If you've played Last of Us, you've already played this DLC. No, seriously, you've played it already.

    The narrative of the game is easily noticeable as that's the only real new thing it has to offer. It's a ONE HOUR glimpse into Ellie's past. Remember that friend of hers she talked about, and the incident leading up to her infection? Well, this is it. You get to experience a brief
    moment in her life before s**t went south. So, what was Naughty Dog's answer to all the boring dialog scenes you have to sit through? Replay some moments of the original game of course! :D That's right folks, you get to enjoy playing that area of the game where Ellie is looking after Joel...again. Granted, it's not exactly the same moments from the original, but close enough that it feels like deja vu rather than deja new. While this part of the DLC may appear to be the foil to an otherwise boring task, rightfully so...that's exactly what it is. It's unoriginal, unnecessary, and it reeks of a cash grab. For all the things that Naughty Dog could have done, they chose to cut corners instead. Sadly, diehard fans and non-paying-for-this-content reviewers are not going to be the people to caution you against a purchase like this. So consider that one can purchase a theater ticket for less and squeeze more time out of the experience than this. Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2014
    First off, I LOVED The Last of Us. This is just a snippet of that awesome game. Left Behind is ridiculously too short, LESS THAN 2 HOURS! I feel ripped off!!! No new weapons, creatures, or anything worth mentioning... DO NOT waste your money! DO NOT trust anyone who gave this and the bug riddled Battlefield 4 game a 10, it simply isn't. This is so short it should have been a reward for finishing the main story on Hard or something.... NOT worth the price at all. I would have rated a lot higher if it was free. When you pay $27.95 (NZ dollars) for a dlc i expect much MUCH more than this! Expand
  5. Feb 16, 2014
    This DLC was not worth €15. Finished it in 2.5 hrs on hard mode. It does very little of fleshing out Ellie's back story as intended. The flashbacks to how she found supplies for Joel were more enjoyable than the Riley segments, by a long shot. I just didn't find Riley interesting at all, and the actor who voiced her was way older than the character was meant to be. Spoke like an adult. I love ND and TLOU, but this was a real let down. Expand
  6. Feb 14, 2014
    The Last Of us Left behind is an epic follow up to the main game and as a DLC it shines Pros - Amazing Story - Awesome characters - New Gameplay elements - Visuals and Detail - Emotion Cons - Rushed at times Do not trust anyone who says " I love the last of us " but gives this game a 0-5 score ... Anyone who played both games would understand that this is a DLC and it is meant to be a mini adventure . Expand
  7. Feb 14, 2014
    This dlc in no way was going to live up to my expectations of what the original game did. That being said I still enjoyed it a ton. It had those heartfelt moments that are scattered in the game, the point A to point B areas, same enemies, and same weapons. Naughty Dog didn't push the envelope with this one. This dlc felt very easy compared to the sequences with Ellie in the main game. I breezed through on Hard in 2.5 hours, only dying once. KINDA SPOILER: The addition that I did like about the content was the use of infected and hunters in the same space. You can now have a 3 way combat system with more options at your disposal. I often found it very satisfying to lure a pack of clickers at a few hunters and let them fight for dominance as I watched from afar. Other than that the story is uninteresting and very cliched despite how uncliche the original game came off as. I often found myself accurately predicting the future events before they unfolded in front of me. If you loved The Last of Us then by all means buy this dlc. Quality over quantity is what I would say about this package, but it appears that we're lacking a bit in both fields. Expand
  8. Feb 17, 2014
    This is an interesting look into Ellie's backstory, but there is too much down time between big events. It's can be slow and plodding at times. Then, when it does pick up, you end getting nonsense like a super-soaker fight between teen girls. I LOVE the Last of Us, and I'm happy I played it for the backstory, but $15 for less than 2 1/2 hours of gameplay feels like robbery. This DLC needs more of what made TLoU great. It was an OK experience, but there definitely isn't anything memorable about it. It needs more tense moments, more big twists, more anything. Expand
  9. Feb 14, 2014
    Just beaten Left Behind, and my verdict is as follows: This is a bit more (3 hours for me, on hard with all the exploration) of the same good the Last of Us we know, with all the brutal action, emotional scenes and touching moments. It is not a solid 10/10 because of two things: first, it's still a bit too short for the money asked, and second, it lacks the absolutely outstanding, crushing and unforgettable episodes like the prologue and the ending from the original. Nevertheless, it's still a quality DLC and a must-buy for the fans of the original. By the way, make sure you connect your Facebook account to the PS3 for this one, you'll get a something memorable for your wall after a certain moment in the playthrough. Expand
  10. Feb 14, 2014
    If you're SO poor that you need to review a game based on cost, then please stop posting on metacritic. 15 dollars! Let me go check the ashtray in my car so I can pay for this DLC. 15 bucks is a pack of gum to me. You people should write reviews that matter instead of bashing a masterpiece.
  11. Feb 14, 2014
    Pros: brings new light on Ellie's story
    Introduces new enemy incounters with new areas with humans and infected
    brings you back to the world of the last of us while introducing new areas and new characters
    Cons: short 2/4 hours
    Combat sometimes feels unnecessary to the story there trying to portray
  12. Feb 14, 2014
    You know, I was amazed by how it started and what direction it went in! A very fitting piece to this wonderful puzzle. Naughty Dog is truly one of a kind!
  13. Feb 14, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What can I say? I'm already an enormous fan of the main game and this DLC made me love it even more. Absolutely incredible. Not just the amazing story that you follow in this DLC, but I also liked being in one room with other 'living' people and infected. There are some people who disagree but I still liked the combat, and, it's probably because I just took it very slowly, but I took a lot longer than 2 hours. Amazing. If you like the main game, get Left Behind if you can. Expand
  14. Feb 14, 2014
    Left Behind keeps the good pacing of TLOU, wisely interleaving calm and tense moments. It has good action scenes, including some new cool combat mechanics (I bet we will see them in the forthcoming new multiplayer DLC). I really buy the silly childish playing part, it's refreshing and useful to set the mood of the player. The narrative quality matches the one of the original game. Clearly, this DLC is good and anyone who liked TLOU will like it. I only have a couple of criticisms: (a) even if it has some genuinely touching moments, in my case it didn't reach TLOU's peak emotional heights; (b) since it's a short experience (2-3 hours), the cost of each playing hour is double than in TLOU: $15/2.5h = 6 > 3 = $60/20h, not to mention TLOU multiplayer additional hours! You know, fan-oriented pricing policy consists in doubling... Finally, a (very minor) disappointment: Obviously, all players who completed TLOU expect some specific event to happen during this DLC. They won't be disappointed in this regard, but I think it's presented in a slightly inconclusive way, I expected a few more details before the scene ends! Do we need now a DLC of the DLC? Maybe at 4x price? ;-) Just kidding! Expand
  15. Feb 16, 2014
    This DLC is incredible. The DLC defiantly will make you experience some heartbreaking feelings after playing this. So, enjoy entering Ellie's past and try not to cry.
  16. Feb 14, 2014
    Left behind was better than I expected. I thought that there was nothing more in the last of us that could impress because I loved the game and played 4-5 times. But left behind had it suprisses and I really enjoyed playing. One of the best singleplayer DLC I have ever played.

    + Amazing story
    + Suprisses
    + solid length
    + Beauitul sound
    + Ellie
  17. Feb 15, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First i have to say: Thank you Naughty Dog, for this 2 intense hours of my life.

    Get' s nine just because i didn't like the same not conclusive ending. We know who dies in the story, but watching the drama involved in that specific part is very important. Ok both were bitten, but what happened next?

    Besides that it's an emotional, intense and thrilling add to this beautiful game.
  18. Feb 17, 2014
    Another example of why Naughty Dog has become one of the most important (if not THE most important) developers of our generation. They take an almost perfect game and add a DLC that is ACTUALLY worth our money and time. Playing Left Behind was like playing Last of Us all over again - but having the whole experience in a nut shell: fear, adrenaline, laughter, tears, joy. These guys are not "game makers"; they are alchemists, wizards, poets. I just cannot believe the amount of emotions they can squeeze in a 3 hours chapter; without mentioning a beautiful revelation, given in such delicate way, that made me silent and radiant. I only give 9 because this is too short; we need more, we need to see what's going on. Other than that, the only thing I could say is "Thank You". Expand
  19. Feb 15, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Let me just star this by saying, if you enjoyed The Last of Us (like everyone else), then you need to get this. It's story is excellent, its gameplay is top-notch, and, even with the PS4 on the market, it still looks gorgeous. That being said, I have a few caveats that stop me from giving it a 10/10. It is a tad short, for starters. Normally length is not a problem for me, but I feel as though the conclusion with the two girls was cut short. Some of the combat, while awesome, felt a little forced as well. Also, the "reveal". I going to try to say this in as spoiler free a way as possible, but here goes nothing. I don't like what they did with the reveal, mostly because I don't like it when a character is suddenly and dramatically changed in an way that had no foreshadow or hint. Heck, if anything, we were led to believe the opposite. But even so, I would have been fine with it if it had been developed (as in Gone Home). To me, it felt like a cop out, and attempt to add more depth and characterization where there already was so much. Otherwise, the story was brilliant, and perfectly written. I loved all three hours with this, and I can't think of a better game to say goodbye to my PS3 with. $20 (on the season pass) well spent. Expand
  20. Feb 14, 2014
    When we approach "Left Behind", we have to ask ourselves, "What if it's the best part of The Last of Us thus far?" I managed to avoid every other trailer aside form the thirty second reveal shown back in November. I find that nowadays, every trailer is a spoiler. This made my experience all the more enjoyable. The downloadable story of about 3 hours, tells a prologue story of Ellie. Before leaving the quarantine zone. Before Joel. Before the Fireflies.
    You play as Ellie on the very day that she was bitten, while her and a young friend named Riley explore an abandoned mall.
    There was a lot more to the story than I could have ever expected, however, that's something that you must see for yourself to truly appreciate.

    One of the best parts about the new DLC, is the removal of a large part of the combat. One of the things that slightly frustrated me about the first game, was the fact that it seemed like killing people was the only thing allowing me to progress through the level.
    This time around, it's down to just the narrative to drive the story. There are some of the mechanics that were intended to be used for combat purposes in the original game, that have been reworked in some of the most wonderful ways I could ever have imagined.
    You also are given quite a bit of freedom to roam around the locations of the game, and there is a great sense of exploration that comes into play.

    I should comment on the length, and I cannot even express how frustrating it is to see registered critics docking points because it is relatively short. If critics could only see past the function of the game as a distraction and more as the piece of art that it is, they may realize that it is quality over quantity that matters, and always will be.
    Not to even mention the fact that at around 3 hours (while I was taking my time to explore), I found it even then to be a little drawn out. But spending an extra half an hour with such wonderful characters is hardly a bad thing.

    Overall, The Last of Us: Left Behind, is a phenomenal addition to one of the greatest games of all time.
    You should already know if you're interested in returning to the dark, harrowing world of Ellie and Joel, but if you are even slightly on the fence, just know that the $15 spent will not be wasted.

    A 10.

    Jack Valentine
  21. Feb 15, 2014
    Masterpiece DLC for a masterpiece game! A completely different experience, awesome soundtrack, awesome story even when you know what will be happen. 10/10
  22. Feb 14, 2014
    Short but sweet. An amazing follow up to the main story with a lot of emotional moments and some amazing character development for Ellie. I loved this DLC, and the ending is also perfect.
  23. Feb 14, 2014
    The only way to describe this DLC is a short but sweet (in every sense of the word) prequel that completely lives up to the 'Last of Us' pedigree set by Naughty Dog with the original game. A very endearing and, at times heartbreaking story where we meet Ellie before her adventures with Joel. We see a side of Ellie that was only hinted at in the main story. Playful and lighthearted, moody and sometimes silly; Just a typical teenage girl living in the world life has handed her. That's not to say this DLC is all cutesy fun and games. This is offset by how the story goes back and forth between this past-Ellie and the one we know from her time with Joel, in a very fluid manor that could be jarring but is not. There is still much action and tension to be had. This is a masterfully told story that will grab you and never let go, even after the trip is over. The gameplay mechanics will be very familiar, so jumping right in should be no problem for anyone who has played the main game. Expand
  24. Feb 15, 2014
    Хорошо рассказанная история.Мне нравится что в дополнение упор идет больше на историю, чем на экшен.
  25. Feb 16, 2014
    An incredible DLC with a lot of emotional moments and character character development for Ellie. Also the ending is perfect. A completely different experience, awesome soundtrack, awesome story.
  26. Feb 16, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Maybe the best thing that could have happened after The Last of Us.
    It may be short, but totally worth the €15,-. At the end I was like: "Is this it?" I just wanted to keep playing and in less than a day, I already completed it 2 times and watched it 1 time on Youtube. The music is once again amazing. Especially the song at the end of the story and begin of the credits is still going bouncing in my heart (yeah). After the darkness of the main story, I think it was smart to do something that showed how much fun you could still have. A carroussel is not really the most awesome thing in this world for people older than 8, but I loved looking at Ellie while she was on it. The acting is really convincing, especially the end when Ellie was crying.
    I also liked all the links to our time, like the "what's a face book?" and all the twitter accounts and the sites (if you didn't know about that, you should google it).
    It may be not as good as The Last of Us itself and it will probably not mess with my head for so long, but it's a DLC and that's an extra. It's an exceptional DLC that many companies can look at before they make one.
    The Last of Us with Left Behind is something is something I will remember for the rest of my life and I'm really proud that this thing was made in the time I lived and played games. In 50 years, I hope I can just go to a kid of my age and show this game and say like: "Yeah, this was what we had and it's the most awesome thing in the history of things that exist", like my parents did with games like Pong.
  27. Feb 14, 2014
    The Last of Us: Left Behind is a two hour single player DLC that shouldn't be missed if your a fan of the original game. Yes, at $15.00 you may be hesitant to buy only a two hour long expansion. But "Left Behind" uses its shortness to an advantage. Left Behind switches back and forth between events before the main game and during it. The more intriguing segments are the prequel content, where you play as Ellie and go on a little adventure with Riley. Riley is a great character that was decently fleshed out in two hours. I completely bought their relationship. The content that takes place during the main game is right after Joel gets hurt and Ellie has to step up and save him. While during these segments you get to see Ellie become a very strong character, its all just action, meant for filler. I would have been happy with just the Ellie and Riley parts, which is what makes this DLC. (Minor spoiler)My only complaint is that we don't get to see Riley change and how Ellie deals with her death. Left Behind ends way to quick, but you cant help but be completely satisfied. If your hesitant on spend the $15 on the two DLC, you should go ahead and buy the season pass (at the same price). With the season pass you get Left Behind and two multiplayer map packs. Expand
  28. Feb 16, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I like the game. It wasn't what I was expecting but there were enough valuable things in it. I thought that the subtle love story was great. 9/10 for me. Expand
  29. Feb 17, 2014
    I never purchase DLC because it's usually unnecessary and it's a way for developers to exploit the consumer. However, The Last of Us is a phenomenal game, which has a lot of story left to tell. In this DLC, you play as Ellie before she gets bitten, and you play as Ellie after Joel gets injured.

    Ellie's adventure to help Joel:
    In addition to the usual gameplay, there are multi-faction
    battles between humans, the infected, and Ellie. It makes the gameplay dynamic and allows you to play each battle differently. The only downside about this, is that you only deal with multiple enemies in about two different instances. Combat isn't the only thing this section includes; in fact, it contains an emotionally powerful story, depicting Ellie's desperation to find supplies for Joel. It exhibits her transformation from being an innocent girl, to a girl who is forced to kill in order to save another human being.

    Ellie exploring with Riley:
    In this storyline, Ellie is exploring a ravaged mall with her best friend, Riley. This part has no battle sequences, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Instead, the focus is solely on their relationship. Playing through this section is a rewarding experience in many ways. As the player, you get to experience happiness, sadness, and many other emotions. The writing is believable and feels very realistic. The only gripe I have with this section, is the ending. I feel that it could have shown a bit more than what was offered.

    -Multi-Faction Battles
    -Excellent Writing
    -Answers Questions from the Main Game

    -Short DLC(2-3 Hours Long)

    I recommend this DLC for any fan of The Last of Us. It contains many unanswered questions from the original campaign. Although the DLC is short, it is a very poignant, and beautifully written story that deserves to be experienced.
  30. Feb 14, 2014
    I was a huge fan of The Last of Us and have spent countless days replaying the story and multiplayer. I do not want com across negative as the story here is almost as heartwarming as the main game. But On survivor difficulty it is still a 3 hour add on that feels to short and too easy. That being said the controls and graphics are near perfect and some parts are just as tense as when I first played the game. Expand
  31. Mar 29, 2014
    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.
  32. Feb 24, 2014
    This is one of the best DLCs I've ever played. It's affordable and it provides a very in depth backstory to Ellie you couldn't get without playing the DLC. It's not the longest DLC but DLCs shouldn't be long as they are... well... DLCs. I recommend it highly!
  33. Feb 24, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I feel violated. I did not want to rate the initial game because I knew a dlc was coming, but if I had to, I would give it at least a 9/10.

    But this here guys is completely unacceptable. 15€ for one hour of cutscenes, 40 minutes of walking, and five minutes of QTEs and a fight (yes it is singular, you can avoid the other ones with astounding ease). Nothing is new in gameplay, there is even less than in the full game.

    The worst part of it is that you basically learn nothing interesting. Riley is one of the least interesting characters ever. She just is the kind of people you want to hate and slap over and over. The thing is you know how it ends even before the first cutscene ends. And when the credits start to roll, I was like : "Ok, I knew it would end this way, but that's it ? That's not finished. Literally."

    And what's wrong with the AI ? Why did it go completely stupid ignoring bricks/bottles, and being bugged by cover places ?

    But the biggest let down yet, I just can't believe they show Ellie like that. She's completely another person. It completely ruined what I thought of her.

    Anyway... This "extension" should cost 5€, or should have been included in the game from the start (it feels a lot like a deleted scene reimplemented because of hype).
  34. Feb 18, 2014
    People looking for a story experience full of emotion and some more insight into Ellie, this is perfect.

    Those looking to fight more enemies in new environments with new weapons and gear, might not like this one.

    Worth the price and time spent though.
  35. Feb 17, 2014
    The Last of Us: Left Behind Review:
    Pros/ Good Points:
    + An outstanding story with unseen twists. Strong characters and character development. I think the DLC looks better than The Last of Us, but I'm probably wrong. Although it is undeniable (along with it's big brother) the best looking game of this generation. Amazing sound design. Increble and touching soundtrack by Gustavo
    Santaolalla, with the tracks being (again) used in the most appropriate moments. Great new twist to the combat, now letting you make the infected and survivors fight against each other.
    Cons/ Bad Points:
    - There's trophy bug that doesn't let me achieve the 100% completition of the DLC (the trophy is BFF). It's only 1 and a half hour long with exploring everything prolonging it to 2 hours. Though it is an incredible experience and I would pay anything for it, I know most people wouldn't and with that said, the 15 dollars price tag is a bit too expensive. Last combat scene felt forced.
    Final Score and thoughts:
    The Last of Us: Left Behind is a remarkable experience with some things that make it difficult to give it a 10. Still, if you like good stories and liked The Last of Us, go and buy it. You won't regret it.
    Average Score: 9.3/10
    For the 'The Last of Us' review, go to:
  36. Feb 14, 2014
    The Last of Us Left Behind only has around two hour of single player experience, but that´s not just we are looking for in the DLC.
    The DLC is just Amazing, I mean Naughty Dog did a great job again, the story telling, the past, what is left behind is what it shows the potential in the The Last of Us.
  37. Feb 15, 2014
    The Last of Us is my favorite game of all time but this to me was part amazing and part plain stupid. It was like you were playing as two different characters which to me felt strange
  38. Feb 18, 2014
    This piece of dlc is based around the main game, it is played out in flashbacks. It contains a few collectibles, art gallery to increase playtime. The game has naturally borrowed gameplay mechanics from the main campaign which work really well and user friendly. The game on my first playthrough took me 2 and a half hours to complete on survivor difficulty and is was a fresh and entertaining piece of dlc. It expertly portrays ellie as a funny and typical teenager, but a teenager with wisdom and a knack for survival. It fills out the missing parts from the main campaign and it ties up a lot of loose ends. I loved it and im going for another playthrough soon. Expand
  39. Feb 18, 2014
    That DLC is nearly perfect. Very good story, and it's so good at all... but... it's too short. :( I though that will took me 5 or 6 hours. But it was 2.5. I recommend when it will be cheaper.
  40. Feb 14, 2014
    The Last of Us Left behind is Stunning ! , It's called a DLC so yes it's shot but it's enough. I played for maybe 3h-3h30 at difficult. It's a sequel of the comics if you ever read those: American Dreams.

    I recommend for every person who love the last of us : true fan will adore this new DLC !!!
  41. Feb 17, 2014
    Left Behind is the long awaited dlc for the Last of Us. The dlc is both a prequel and a side story. The characters are great and the dialogue is some of the best we have seen in the gaming industry.

    The story stands well on its on but also adds to the experience of the original game. The new combat situations stand among the best of the main game and especially the moments where you
    fight infected and humans at the same time are fresh and give a lot more strategic possibilities.

    The only con i can think of is the length which is around 2.5 hours. I don't have a problem with the length because it still delivers a complete and meaningful story. overall i am really happy about the dlc and it is a must play for fans of the Last of Us.
  42. Feb 17, 2014
    I should be giving this DLC a 9, but am scoring it higher because ND should be rewarded for the risk they took with regards to its pacing and content.

    After playing the Tibetan village scene in Uncharted 2 I realized that ND was capable of creating a AAA game with a minimal amount of combat where the main focus was dialog and exploration. This is the closest they've come to making one.

    The first 75% (around two hours) of Left Behind are nothing short of superlative. Having read the prequel comics I was ecstatic about the game's references to events in these, as I was to the fact that the protagonists are strong-willed non-sexualized young women. There's plenty of dialog yet it never seems forced or artificial, and there are many serious conversations about the characters lives and where they're heading.

    Like its story the game is beautiful and a few seconds into playing it my jaw had dropped as I was once again astonished at the level of graphics ND are able to get out of hardware bordering eight years of age, let alone the detail in their environments.

    For me however, the reason these first two hours stood tall above almost all AAA games I've played until now was the amount of combat: there were two encounters with infected and no encounters with humans. And this was perfect.

    They were segments in TLoU that nailed this (The opening section of the Fall chapter, the university, the sewers and the neighborhood) and are in fact my favorite parts of that game but overall I felt that TLoU had too much combat.

    Clearing room after room of zombies and goons is not fun, and in a devastated world I don't expect there to be many of each. This plausibility issue was my my chief problem with TLoU and the last 25% of Left Behind.

    There's too much combat in the DLC's penultimate chapter, and like TLoU ND still hasn't let go of one of their biggest sins: a difficulty spike at the end of a game. It's frustrating, ruins the pacing but above all signals to the player that game is coming to an end, causing instant loss of immersion.

    But as I mentioned at the beginning I forgave ND for these issues as they are SO close to creating a game with a focus on dialog and exportation. A game where combat is intense but rare.

    I only wish the DLC had lived up to its name, and left behind ND's addiction with combat completely.
  43. May 5, 2014
    next to bioshock infinite this content was the most disappointing. it was short pointless and covered story we had already heard about plus they screwed with the story by throwing in a little romance that just reminded me of cliche action movies not the last of us i have come to love.
  44. Feb 25, 2014
    This is a great DLC. Short but sweet. Not too challenging, but challenging enough to keep you having to try over and over a few times. But you get it pretty quickly.
  45. Feb 19, 2014
    Brilliant DLC for a nearly perfect game. It adds to the intensive experience TLOU was and makes it even stronger, even though I though this was not possible. The story develops around Ellies past and while kinda short (others write about 2 hours. I needed aboutt three and a half, especially since the fights 'till the end get pretty intense on higher difficulties but also because I really took my time and tried to discover every little gem Naughty Dog had hidden for us.
    If you loved the game play this DLC. If you, for whatever reason, didn't, this probably won't give you anything but in that case I assume your sould must be dead anyway ;)
  46. Feb 14, 2014
    Simply incredible! the graphics are amazing even on LOW 720p! and On a PS3 console! Story is great! tense is there, gameplay is good as well. This is one of the better DLC I have ever played!
  47. Feb 19, 2014
    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.
  48. Feb 18, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This was maybe hte most anticipated DLC of the year, so Naughty Dog HAD to deliver, having the tough job of having to match the excellence of the full game in a "downloadable content" format. So choosing the prequel way, and throwing in the story of our favourite character, Ellie, Left Behind seem already the perfect choice.
    In here, we get to see two perspectives, or let's say, two Ellies. One is already with Joel, slaying her way out of a mall. The other one is with Riley, her best friend, who, if you finished the campaign, you know how that story is going to end. Both stories don't work together quite as well as the narration in the campaign did, but it still has the touching moments you expect, and the quirky and quotable dialogue.
    Gameplay is the same, intense, challenging and open-ended, but the DLC introduces a new feature into battle that is the one of "Mixed enemies". That means you have both, human enemies and infected, in a same room, giving you the choice of either going full-stealth one by one, or making them fight each other. Is a human near you? Throw a bottle near him, and let that clicker do its job. This makes the gameplay more tactical and surprisingly, more fun.
    And of course, it is a beautiful DLC, just as the game, it pushes the PS3 to limits we have never seen before. So, in the end, Left Behind is short and a tad expensive (14.99 USD) but its two hour journey provides fans exactly what they want: More The Last of Us, and also a heart-warming story about two girls in this post-apocalyptic world whose story is both touching and devastating.
  49. Feb 15, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Last of Us was an excellent game, and it did not need this DLC in the slightest, but I am still glad that this was created in order to add a little more to the story. If they do continue with a few more DLC packs, it would be interesting to see something prequel wise from several other supporting or main characters' perspectives, but it is equally nonessential to making such an excellent title better. Left Behind is a worthwhile addition to the lore of The Last of Us' universe without touching the ending, and that preservation of the ambiguity and mystery is why I enjoyed it the most. I enjoyed taking control of Ellie once more and seeing things through her originally more-innocent and naive perspective, sad though that was. That girl is gone now, but the story lives on.

    Concept: Single-player additional content that is meant to expand upon the universe of The Last of Us, and adds more flavor into Ellie's own backstory and personal life after the apocalypse and during it.

    Graphics: The graphical beauty of the main game continues in this additional content, and though it is on a technically last generation console, it still plays better than some Play Station 4 titles do with the new capabilities of that console.

    Sound: The characters may have been changed up slightly, but their voice acting and that of even routine encounters with strangers and adversaries is perfectly done and showcases Naughty Dog's attention to detail and willingness to craft top-notch work.

    Playability: The action is as gritty and memorable as any moments throughout The Last of Us, and the controls and moments blend together as well as any in the main content of the game. Definitely a memorable, if short experience.

    Entertainment: The writing and story itself are well-written, even if they don't have the time to reach such epic levels as the main story's content. The characters are cohesive and believable. The universe works well with this prequel added in for the benefit of fleshing more characters out. And overall, it is a very enjoyable experience that- if a bit superfluous, is definitely to be enjoyed by fans of the game for a decent price (your emotions, mostly).

    Replay Value: Moderate.

    Overall Score: 8.25
  50. Feb 16, 2014
    Great new gameplay elements introduced. Great connection to the main game. This DLC may be short (2-3 hrs) but offers enough for a (season pass) purchase. The only gripe is the unnecessary element of implying Ellie is a lesbian. Now I'm not homophobic but it was very apparent ND just threw that in at the last minute to be looked upon as "groundbreaking" for video games. In the end it was a short, pointless action that wasn't needed for the already strong relationship between her and Riley. Expand
  51. Feb 27, 2014
    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
  52. Feb 25, 2014
    Left Behind is a fantastic prequel to The last of us. It focuses on Ellie and her friend Riley. It's about Ellie's back story before the events of The last of us. It also ties in with the main story but I won't spoil anything here. This game takes story telling, characters, emotion and relationship building to a whole new level. You will just have so much fun and play with a smile on your face living the life's of two teenage girls as they go about their life's in a post apocalyptic world. The game focuses more on their characters and relationship and it has a more relaxed and playful tone than the main game. There are also new combat editions that makes you able to pit Humans against the infected that was really cool to play around with. The mini games and side stuff where really fun, an arcade game you play really has you enthralled and a water gun fight is somehow intense. I believe the best parts of the game are when you're just doing everyday teenage girl things. Of course in a post apocalyptic world that's filled with infected it's not all fun and games and you will have to deal with them. Ellie is much different than Joel in this regard. She is more nimble and has a handy knife but is a lot weaker and feels more vulnerable. The gameplay is identical to the main game and that's good because it's perfect. This game is short however but it's absolutely quality over quantity with this one. This DLC will stick with you and give you some talking points after the credits have rolled. It's one of the best DLC's I've came across and anyone who enjoyed the last of us should pick this DLC up because it complements the main game really well and tells us more about one of the best characters in recent times in video games Ellie. Expand
  53. Feb 16, 2014
    I am a big fan of The Last of Us and I enjoyed the actual game very much! It was stunningly beautiful! I was so looking forward to this DLC. Left Behind is magical and it is a joy to meet up with Ellie again, even though I prefer playing with Joel. Having said that, I also believe that this DLC is way too short. Come on, you can complete it well within two hours! That is not fair Naughty Dog. Left Behind should have been free, otherwise it should have been longer... I feel quite disappointed and ripped off. :-/ Expand
  54. Feb 14, 2014
    to be honest its not a total 10/10 game but it deserves 9. i'm gonna give a quick review. the last of us left behind DLC explains a lot and gives the story of last of us complete support. and the 2 hour game goes around 3 hours if you are onto exploration. still not bad for a DLC. the short story is a small package but a nuclear bomb itself. and no need to listen to haters who say "I LOVE TLOU" but gives 0 ratings. there are always fake reviews to spoil the credibility of the game. as you can see there are no negative critic ratings this proves the capability of TLOU: LB. no fan can give a score under 8 because the game is built by one of the most reputed gaming developers Naughty Dog. this DLC pack has all it needs!!! -1 because i wished it was 3 hours long then it would had summed up around 4 hours. anyways for the price i think this is the best DLC so far Expand
  55. Feb 24, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I loved the Last of Us and this DLC did not disappoint, as you get to play Ellie and it also provides a interesting insight on Ellie's back-story and who she is as a character, I felt slightly jipped after having to pay 15 US dollars for it on Playstation Network. The DLC has no real impact on the story as its mainly just a flashback and I found it to be unnecessary that Naughty Dog hinted that Ellie may be gay or bi-sexual. While i am in no way shape or form a homophobe or against whatever love you show, My aunt and god-father are gay and gay people have been apart of my life since as long as I can remember. I get that alot of games are doing it now, Mass Effect 3 is one of my all-time favorites and I greatly enjoyed the LGBT characters Steve Cortez and Samantha Traynor but for Naughty Dog to follow in the footsteps of so many others and suggest Ellie may be gay or bi-sexual in my opinion was just an unnecessary side story to a otherwise awe-inspiring video game. Expand
  56. Feb 18, 2014
    A short but awesome DLC; this DLC is as good as the main story in terms of quality. my only complaint is that i found the DLC too easy even on survivor mode.

    Yes if you have played the main story then you already know what happens in this DLC but it is still very enjoyable to play and it will still be an unforgettable experience, this really shows how good the game and the DLC is put

    I will repeat what i said on my main game review to emphasize what i think of this game.."To put it simply, if they did a re-release of this game on the PS4, I'd buy it again full price and buy a PS4 in the process even though i played through this game 6 times and done achievement runs."
  57. Feb 22, 2014
    The Last of us Left behind is an extraordinary dlc adding new combat elements such as the infected vs human element and also delivering a violent mature emotional script with skill and attention to detail with its subtle but powerful subtext. The DLC shines some light on some of the events in the main game giving the ending and relationships formed within the single player campaign even more effect and potency . I will not talk about
    story for long as it is best experienced blind but the basic plot is Reilly and Ellie two best friends exploring a run down mall in a post apocalyptic america before the events of the main game. Overall the dlc is well worth a play it pulls on your heartstrings in a short but brilliant tale.
  58. Mar 27, 2014
    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.
  59. Apr 8, 2014
    After TLOU I will pretty much buy anything that Naughty Dog puts out, however I will be a bit critical with Left Behind. First off - it's not tossed off or anything - the content is high quality and it certainly has it's moments. There just isn't enough content here to make this worth the price tag and there is virtually nothing new in terms of gameplay that you don't get in the original (there is one new thing but I wouldn't have even realized it without reading it here). Even the theme of the DLC is a little misleading because at least half of the content actually takes place during TLOU and is not part of Ellie's backstory at all. I am a big fan of Naughty Dog and TLOU is arguably the best console game ever made so the expectations are ridiculously high, but the difference this time is that I feel that they failed to deliver. Expand
  60. Mar 1, 2014
    Touching story at the end, but not very interesting overall. It feels like a girls' game because the whole story is about what Riley and Ellie do together as little girls. Too bad it doesn't appeal to the guy in me, as everything feels so childish. I prefer the tough-as-nail Ellie of TLOU, as opposed to her childish nature in this DLC. So, don't pin your hopes too high on this DLC.
  61. Mar 8, 2014
    Naughty Dog brings "The Last of Us" back with a fantastic DLC. We get a look back at Ellie's past, as well as what she was doing during the time Joel was injured. It's fantastic, emotional, and features that fantastic and believable writing I've come to expect from Naughty Dog. There are also some tense combat sections as well plenty of new collectibles to find.

    The DLC is a little
    short. and the only reason to really replay it is to collect everything, but this is still worth the purchase for any "The Last of Us" fan. More of this game's fantastic world, story, and gameplay is always welcome in my book. Hopefully we'll see more story based DLC for this game in the future. Expand
  62. Mar 12, 2014
    Welcomed DLC but I would of rather they included something other than Ellies back story. She doesn't really act like the Ellie we all know and love in TLoU so this DLC actually made me think less of Ellies character in general... The gameplay is good though..I will say that you do not need this DLC, it doesn't really bring anything to TLoU but just an extension to the game itself, and a short one at that. Expand
  63. Feb 18, 2014
    Any excuse I get into playing more, original content for the Last of Us, I'll be all over. And this is no exception. There's alot to love about this short experience but there's a few things that don't really gel within the game. The game is goes from a series of flashbacks to present time, within the game, where you learn more about Ellie's motivations about why she's doing what she's doing. The introduction of the character of Riley, who we've only heard about till this point, was well done. The storyline about her and Ellie's final day together was, by itself, enough for admission for me. There's a particular stance that the writers took here with their relationship that I fully applaud, even though it feels a bit forced. I won't go into details about the biggest key moment in the DLC, but it's got alot of people talking about it right now, and for good reason. I do feel like the combat portions of the game probably didn't need to be there. I wish the DLC had just focused on Ellie and Riley instead of trying to force you through a part of the main story that wasn't really necessary. It was a great experience and just goes to remind you that this is the last bit of original content for the Last of Us, which is really sad. The game and story end on a high note, just like everything else involved with the game. This truly was one of, if not the, best game of the last generation and it goes out with a bang. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants some more Last of Us to play. Expand
  64. Feb 23, 2014
    The highly anticipated DLC to The Last of Us has arrived. Set before the main game, Left Behind shows us a glimpse into Ellie's past set between the American Dreams comic book and the beginning of the main game. The game also has sections that place themselves between the Autumn & Winter chapters where Ellie needs to care for Joel after the incident at the University.
    The story is of
    course the main point and Left Behind is essential for any TLoU player, it brings a whole other context to some of the events in the main game and gives Ellie's final speech at the end of the main game even more of an impact than it did previously. I wont spoil anything, but as long as you have avoided spoilers so far, you'll be in for a hell of a surprise around 3/4ths of the way in the DLC.
    The DLC is between 2 & 4 hours long and plays very similarly to the main game with the only exception being that the combat is a lot more difficult due to scarce supplies & playing as a weaker character.
    In short, buy Left Behind if you have The Last of Us and if you dont have The Last of Us buy them both now. There is a reason why this was the best game of 2013 and the DLC only proves that point more by sending a powerful & shocking message to the games industry as a whole, an industry afraid to shift away from generic, brown haired male protagonists to now have an extremely beloved character to be the exact opposite of that.
    Hats off to Naughty Dog for another stand out experience and here's hoping we get to have another experience with The Last of Us in the future.
  65. Mar 1, 2014
    Game received from me pure 10 because I think this is probably best game in history. Left behind is enjoyable, but really too much cut scenes and "follow me" parts. I think it last about 2-2.5 hours and real gameplay is about 45 minutes. Regardless it's still enjoyable but not for highest score.
  66. Feb 15, 2014
    Some people said there's no sense on putting Ellie helping Joel and Ellie and Riley having fun in the same DLC. I'd rather say this was a perfect idea. Ellie and Riley were like sisters (if you played the DLC, you'll know they're more than friends) and one cared about the other, something that friends in real life usually don't. It compares Ellie's past friendship with her relationship (more like father-daughter) with Joel and tell us how far would Ellie go for somebody she loves. Ellie is more human the most of the real humans.
    I'd give it a 11/10, but that's not possible. So... 10/10, a masterpiece DLC for a masterpiece game
  67. Aug 25, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I haven't even finished this yet but already I don't like it. I absolutely LOVED The Last of US - best game and story I've ever played - played it about 3 times already and counting. Gave it a 10 out of 10. This DLC has ruined it for me. Ellie was cute and precocious in TLOU with her occasional cussing here and there - somehow they made it cute - probably because she had more profound dialog in other areas. In Left Behind they went overboard - she comes across as a foul-mouthed wanna-be punk trying to please Riley by showing her how cool she is and how much she can cuss. Can't believe this came from the same writer. Or did it? At one point she says, 'they can suck my dick?" She doesn't even have one!! This line totally turned me off coming from Ellie. Totally unnecessary. I do not like the Riley character at all - she doesn't really seem to care for Ellie at all - she's a manipulator and seems like a thrill-seeker who doesn't care if Ellie gets in trouble. And spending 1/2 hour in a Halloween shop listening to two teenagers cuss up a storm is my kind of fun! NOT!! The whole time they were in the mall I kept wanting to scream to them - "You idiots - keep your voices down, there could be infected around!!" Totally inane dialog and did not make me like either of them at all. In fact, I felt sorry for Ellie. She needs to 'wisen the **** up' regarding Riley.

    And then the gay thing - why do they always have to throw this crap in games? I'm not anti-gay - I'm anti-gratuitous sex!! I just don't see the reason for this. Why couldn't they just be friends without having sexual overtones thrown in? I know some girls go through this getting a crush on an older girl stage in life, but what I'm against is gratuitous sex, period! And I'm getting sick of it in games, TV, movies, etc. This game would have been just fine (well, a lot better anyway) without that scene!! Even though they implied that Bill was gay (there we go again) TLOU had no sex or romance and was a 10 out of 10 game! That should tell you something Naughty Dog. You don't need sex to sell games. Good stories and game play sell games. And Bill was extremely funny and had great lines! Best minor character, IMO. And it seemed to fit with the world - not too many women around his town so it made sense. A good story is what counts - And Left Behind is not a good story. In fact, it lowered my opinion of Ellie - I thought she was smarter that this!

    The only thing that saves this DLC is when Ellie is hunting for supplies to help Joel. Then we get back to the real Last of Us. I absolutely love the Joel character and this was one of the most touching scenes in the first game. Always wondered how Ellie stitched him up or even got him back on the horse after he fell off.

    I'll continue playing but I was glad I used an Amazon gift certificate for this so was only out $4.99. Not your best effort at all, Naughty Dog. More is not always best - we don't need more sex, more cussing and more background to Ellie's life just to make a buck. Very disappointed!!!!!!!!!

    BTW - this is the reason I do not pre-order games. You think a company makes a great game so the next will be great? NOT!!! No matter how great the first game is companies tend to rush out DLC or 2nd games just to make money. Was burned by Dragon Age 2, Watch Dogs, etc. and now this.
  68. Feb 16, 2014
    I was unable to get emotionally invested into the last of us, but left behind trumps the base game by a landslide. Despite the disappointing ending, you feel the connection between ellie and riley and pray for there survival.
  69. Feb 15, 2014
    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.
  70. Feb 15, 2014
    To be honest I would give street cleaner simulator a 10 if the driver was Ellie.
    It is way too short and end is a little bit disappointing, how come Ellie didn't have to kill Riley? How did naughty dog miss such a powerful scene?
  71. Feb 16, 2014
    First if all, original game was really good and I liked it very much. But as for this DLC …
    I got this DLC as a part of the Season Pass. Sadly, this DLC is very short (2 hrs.), obviously, and doesn’t justify its price. Considering action parts, there’s nothing you haven’t seen before. And I mean it, nothing. Considering story parts, let’s be honest here, except for a few really good
    moments, namely two (and together they last for 3 minutes), it’s rather dull, if you’re 30 something male as myself. So, if you’re really into 13 year old girls and their problems - be my guest, otherwise - watch youtube walkthrough and you’ll not miss much. Sad, but true. Although, it’s not as bad as BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea or Dead Rising 3: Operation Broken Eagle. And yes, Riley's voice is way to old for her. She's not supposed to sound like she's on the shady side of thirty, you now. Expand
  72. Apr 10, 2014
    The Last of Us had a lot of potential to be a great game, so it's quite sad to see that instead of building upon that potential, Left Behind is a step down from The Last of Us in nearly every way. The story was a good idea but poorly executed. The combat just feels even more forced than it did in The Last of Us. This DLC adds nothing and is too short to even be worth the price.
  73. Mar 10, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Not much of a game really for this DLC, but they just feel you some information about what happened in the past. There is hardly any actual gameplay in this. However, it was a fun DLC, idk how naughty dog manages to make boring games into amazing games. However, when Ellie kissed a girl, that just changed the way I look at the main story, all in all, good DLC, but bad decision making from the creators. Expand
  74. Feb 20, 2014
    OMG ive waited so long for a game like this with female characters who are not just put in the plot because the game wants to be 'progressive' but is actually backwards because they're just there for the men.

    This took me back to teenage years and does it so well. People who say that games cant tell stories as well as books should play this and open their dumb minds. People who say this
    costs too much are just plain dumb because most dlc has 1 hour of story content but is then filled to 5 hours with repetitive combat. Bioshock dlc anyone??? This does the opposite and has 3 hours without any combat and then (i admit) fills the last half hour (only about 15%!!) with combat but that doesnt mean this game deserves anything less than 10.

    This was the only game ive ever played where i played it for the second time immediately after finishing it the first time. It's so good. No I didn't cry like I did in TLoU but there's a subtlety in the whole game. I hardly have to say how rare it is for a game to have this but enough from me! If you havent played it already do so. Trust me on this you wont regret it. Also PC snobs can go screw themselves but by not playing the game they already are by missing out on this masterpiece. I know its super early but this is the game to beat for goty this year.
  75. Feb 21, 2014
    The three words I used to describe "The Last of Us" were: uncompromising, beautiful, and tragic.
    The three words I use to describe "Left Behind" are: intimate, awkward, and evocative. Although I am a middle aged parent, I was quickly beguiled by the portraits of Ellie and Riley and their relationship. It reminded me of my own adolescence: the frustrations and joys of trying to figure
    out people and the world. Reluctantly clinging to but then shedding the familiarities of childhood while pretending to be ready and confident to deal with matters of imminent adulthood. "Left Behind" painted this familiar, but often easy to mess up, narrative in the context of the grim realities of "The Last of Us" with such skill and nuance that a lot can be written and still not do it full justice. My simple recommendation is, like the full game, to take your time and play the DLC to the maximum. Consume every last drop and at the end you will be amazed, satisfied, and reflective.

    I am probably in the minority when I say that I hope that Naughty Dog does not make a sequel or more DLCs to "The Last of Us". I believe that nothing more needs to be added to these characters and their story. It is complete. Thanks, Naughty Dog.
  76. Apr 14, 2014
    I was a fan of the original game, but Left Behind is a disappointment. There is nothing shocking or well done about this add-on. It's short, overpriced, and has next to no gameplay. I beat it in 2 hours on survivor difficulty. Some might say "quantity over quality," but that doesn't apply to this content. Choppy transitions between past and present, less than 30 min. of ACTUAL gameplay, and absolutely no replay value, make this DLC poorly one, and not worth your time or money. Expand
  77. Feb 22, 2014
    I was disappointed by this DLC prelude story. You play as Ellie the entire time. It was a decent addition to the main story but it was way too short for me and was kind of weak. It only takes about 2 hours to complete and I really think they should lower the price for it. This is a must have for fans only and I felt like this really wasn't necessary to make.
  78. Feb 24, 2014
    Left Behind gives Last of Us fans more of what they loved before: A compelling story, tense gameplay, terrific voice work, and emotional cutscenes. This is one of the best DLC i've played in a long time!
  79. PCR
    Feb 26, 2014
    Left Behind reminded me why I loved The Last of Us so much. It was easily my favorite game of 2013, and possibly my favorite game of all time. When the first and final single-player DLC, Left Behind, was announced, I couldn’t wait to jump back into the incredible world that Naughty Dog created.

    Left Behind takes place before the events of The Last of Us. You play as Ellie and are
    accompanied by your best friend, Riley. This takes place before Ellie ever met Joel. In addition to playing as a slightly younger Ellie in the events that took place before The Last of Us, the game also fills you in on what Ellie was up to while Joel was nearly bleeding to death during the campaign. At first, it may not make sense as to why the game shows these two events together, but it becomes more clear as the game progresses that there is a correlation, mostly emotional, between the two events.

    Playing as Ellie feels a lot different than playing as Joel, as one would imagine. Ellie can handle herself well, but she’s not as hardened of a killer as Joel is, obviously. Ellie dons her trusty switchblade, but don’t let that make you feel comfortable. I found that it’s better to be as stealthy as possible, especially when playing on Hard or Survivor difficulties.

    I absolutely love the relationship between Riley and Ellie that developed over just a couple hours. It made me think about my best friend growing up, and just how special a friendship between two teenage girls can be. It was nice to meet someone that Ellie cared about other than Joel, and it really made me realize why she is so scared to lose someone again. She needs Joel as much as he needs her.

    Final thoughts

    Gameplay: Like I said before, playing as Ellie feels much different than playing as Joel, and it’s definitely more difficult to play as Ellie. However, the combat is very refreshing, and it felt good to kill Infected again.

    Appearance: As expected, environments and all visuals are absolutely gorgeous. I really missed this world, as weird as that may sound. I know Ellie would kill for the opportunity to escape that world as soon as possible.

    Sound: The voice acting performed by Ashley Johnson and Yaani King is superb. Their friendship is absolutely beautiful, and this could not have been fully realized if not for the incredible acting performances. The music is borrowed from the main game’s soundtrack, and is beautiful, as always.

    Bottom line: Any fan of The Last of Us cannot afford to miss this brilliant story expansion. If you have not played the main campaign, please do not play this DLC; it will mean almost nothing to you. However, if you played and enjoyed the incredible universe that Naughty Dog created, do not miss out on Left Behind. At $14.99, it may seem a bit pricey for just over two hours of gameplay, but it’s worth every penny.
  80. Feb 25, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This DLC is fantastic and a bit difficult the story is great i really enjoyed how they had the pre-qual storyline and a second storyline following the part after the university part. It also some side activities which were very cool. But it felt a tiny bit short. Expand
  81. Apr 29, 2014
    The Last of Us: Left Behind is what you'd expect from Naughty Dog. Intense, emotional, compelling, captivating, and well put together. This DLC clocks in at around 3 hours long, and not one minute of it drags behind. Naughty Dog put in great effort into making their very first single player DLC.
    There are 2 different stories that play back-to-back here, and it fills in some of the gaps
    that seemed to have been unexplained in the main game. However, I thought the ending felt just a little rushed and inconclusive. It also felt a little too short for a $15 asking price. That's $5 per hour, if you don't plan on replaying it on a higher difficulty or finding all the collectibles. A 3-hour long DLC inside a 12-hour long main game is fine. It's the price that bothered me. I felt this should've been only $10. Also I did have a couple minor problems with the gameplay, such as the huge difficulty spike at the end, and Ellie automatically standing up after stealth killing an enemy from a crouched stance, causing you to make noise by accident.
    Everything else about this DLC exceeded my expectations. It was an incredibly satisfying short addition to my favorite game of 2013. For the most part. Good job, Naughty Dog. You developers never disappoint. You're the best of the bunch.

    8/10 - Great
  82. Feb 20, 2014
    The little gameplay you get is FANTASTIC. However, it's so short I was actually shocked. My biggest problem is, why did we have to play as Ellie in the "present" time? That's what we spent all of The Last of Us doing. I really wish the whole DLC should have played out before TLOU and not just half. Other than that, incredible, but you get like one hour of worthwile gameplay. Lazy.
  83. Feb 22, 2014
    This short DLC gives a lot more insight into Ellie's origins and does a good job of character development with Riley. It also fills in a gap in the original story. The environments are as detailed as before and there a few collectibles that aid in building up the story. The dialogue with Ellie and Riley is really well done. I think this DLC is meaningful and adds value to the TLOU story.

    If you are someone who played through the original game and didn't care about the story development, characters, or dialogue, you won't like this DLC. It's light on action and the focus is really on story development. The action is still good, just not really new.

    I think this DLC could have been a little longer and maybe had a little more action, but I recommend it to those who are big fans of all aspects of the original game. Those who value action over story may wish to skip this one, or may want to wait for a price reduction, if possible.

    I played this on Survivor difficulty and have all collectibles and conversations. It took almost 3 hours and a little replaying for mopping up some collectibles. I had already purchased this DLC via Season Pass.
  84. Mar 7, 2014
    OK. Great fan here. *******Contains Some Spoilers**** I can see why some people rte this a bit harsh. Its because the bar was set so high in TLOU. The DLC did seem a bit scattered at times flashing between the past and present but all in all it was a good background story and flowed well.
    As others say, it is short. I finished it in one sitting (approx 2.5 hours) on survivor and really
    only struggled slightly in one area where you are forced to fight and kill runners.
    If you loved TLOU, this is an essential addition. Is it worth $22? Maybe not but then again you get it for free when you get the season pass for $29 ;)
  85. Feb 19, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have been looking forward to this for some time now and I hate to say this but I am feeling let down. Yes it is very good from a story perspective but so was the main campaign. The ending offered no insight as to what happened with Riley, which I thought was the whole point of this dlc. The Last Of Us, in my opinion, is the greatest game of this generation but sadly this content is not among the best downloadable ones.

    I recommend purchasing the full game and this dlc but don't expect it to live up to the thrills and shocks of the main campaign
  86. Mar 31, 2014
    This DLC makes you remember why Last of Us drew in gamers worldwide. One of the most compelling stories to ever touch gamers gets even deeper into the backstory, in this dlc, and it's worth every bit.
  87. Aug 23, 2014
    Pretty good dlc, but in my opinion the length of this dlc brings this standalone purchase down by a lot. I beat it in about 3 hours, and that includes scavenging. But nonetheless this is a pretty good compliment to The Last of Us, intense moments mixed in with unique/happy moments was what made this dlc good for me. If this was a teaser for upcoming sequels of the game, then I am stoked for this franchise. Expand
  88. Aug 10, 2014
    This DLC was not something I looked forward to. I have seen many DLC that are so low quality and add very little substance to the original. then I saw this through to the end and I have to say this effected me far more than the entire game of 'last of us'. the story of the two young girls rekindling their friendship was so deep and it totally drew me in. It was so well staged that I fell in love with Riley and after finishing it I have found myself in tears a lot recalling the precious moments they spent together. It's so magical, it reminds me of a lot of precious moments from my own life and the delivery is incredible. there were times that I just didn't even think of them as characters, the animation and lighting etc was so realistic I felt like I was looking at real people.
    The action parts and traversing the environment was fairly rewarding. I liked the change in the way the game plays with the different character. climbing and getting around the environment seems more of a focus with Ellie and the fighting also has me feeling more vulnerable. which is perfect for playing as a young girl. Fact is though, she can truly do some real damage and hold her own in a pinch which impresses me no end.
  89. Sep 4, 2014
    Crappy controls, boring, stupid enemies, too much cutscenes, final scene was too hard and I get stuck there on normal. I lost 15e for this **** Dont buy it.
  90. Mar 26, 2014
    Serving as a prequel to The Last of Us, (and a sequel to the Last of Us: American Dreams comics), you get to meet Riley for the first time, in-game, and are taken on a short (but powerful) journey of heart that emphasizes exploration, and if taken at a leisurely and appreciative pace, could be unlike anything you've ever experienced in the realm of gaming to date.

    Note: The head writer
    of Last of Us himself, Neil Druckmann heavily recommends that you read the prequel comics first (as do I), as they're official storyline, and they tell the story of how Ellie first meets Riley, which occurs before the story within this DLC, and sets the stage for a great deal of what occurs within it. ALSO, do NOT play this DLC before having completed the core campaign of The Last of Us, or else several major plot points will be tainted for you. Expand
  91. Jun 30, 2014
    Just like The Last of Us, Left Behind has proven that great gameplay can coexist with a great story that sheds more light in Ellie's backstory, making her an even cooler character.
    My only issue with the DLC is that it is too short, and the combat was at times original (making infected and other humans fight each other) and at times difficult, maybe making it almost unnecessary.
    though, I think any PS3 owner should play this (and the main story, of course). Expand
  92. Aug 22, 2014
    A solid expansion to the already amazing "The Last of Us." It's a great addition to the story of the main game, allowing us to learn more about the beloved Ellie, whom we fell in-love with during the original story. I would love to see more of this.
  93. Jun 6, 2014
    This was a great DLC I don't know what else to say without spoiling, it fills on some missing parts and introduces Ellie's background story I wasn't at all disappointed.
  94. Jul 26, 2014
    The Last of Us: Left Behind is an excellent dlc for an already great game. It tells a short but unforgettable experience. The gameplay is as good as always, and not much more can be said, as it is so good.
  95. May 7, 2014
    Left Behind is probably the best DLC i have ever played, it adds to Ellie's character and background and is definitely worth the tad expensive price tag. If only it was longer, either way it is still a great addition to the story and the game
  96. Mar 14, 2014
    I can pay a price of a AAA console game for this DLC, another epic story, a really additive DLC.
    Naughty Dog is really one of the best developers in the gaming industry.
  97. Feb 26, 2014
    Frankly speaking I don’t agree The Last of Us is a gaming’s Citizen Kane moment. More likely it’s kind of gaming world’s Stagecoach. John Ford’s movie was a revolution of already existing Western clichés & forms mixed in something apparently new. Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us did the same using zombie games stereotypes. And it was such an amazing experience.

    The Last of Us: Left Behind
    is a fundamentally different story. What is shocking it is not obvious but that is dull. Apparently there is a bravest descent from top art form to fashionable banality which I have ever seen. I got a friendly advice for Sony Computer Entertainment: please carefully produce Druckmann-Straley team in the future. I presume that the worldwide acclaim is much better choice instead of politically correct hype that has no sense of proportion and lacks of good taste.

    P.S. But Left Behind has some great graphics though…
  98. Feb 27, 2014
    Really disappointing. Same polished gameplay and graphics but unforgivably short. And the story is nothing like the compelling and dynamic one of "The Last of Us." It's a strange and extremely brief plot, and gives little in the way of extra info about the main campaign. It's fun though of course, and gorgeous...but hardly a must have. It's also not really worth fifteen bucks with a three hour running time and no replayability. Meh. Expand
  99. May 19, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Don't buy it. Why? 1) It's too short. It's about 1 and a half our of gameplay. 2) Ellie and Riley flashback parts are just boring. The two of them arguing. The two of them playing with water pistols, breaking car's windows, taking photos in a booth. The good part is the one showing how Ellie got medicine to patch Joel up. Expand
  100. Mar 9, 2014
    Only 2 hours long but very good.
    Combat doesn't feel forced. Amazing details.
    One of the best dlc out there. This is not day-one dlc that you will find on some other games, this is dlc what took time and effort to make.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Jun 28, 2014
    There’s a scene in Left Behind proving that Naughty Dog not only has ambition to elevate games to the rank of art form, but simply does it. [05/2014, p.64]
  2. Apr 7, 2014
    A fantastic way to extend an already brilliant narrative, and made with a hugely engaging structure. [May 2014, p.69]
  3. Apr 6, 2014
    It's short - perhaps a little too short for the price - but Left Behind exhibits the same exceptional quality that made The Last of Us one of PS3's finest. [Issue#242, p.56]