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  • Summary: Ellie returns in Naughty Dog's first ever, single-player downloadable story chapter. Purchase this chapter now without buying the full game (The Last of Us or The Last of Us Remastered). The Last of Us: Left Behind combines themes of survival, loyalty, and love with tense, survival-actionEllie returns in Naughty Dog's first ever, single-player downloadable story chapter. Purchase this chapter now without buying the full game (The Last of Us or The Last of Us Remastered). The Last of Us: Left Behind combines themes of survival, loyalty, and love with tense, survival-action gameplay in this critically acclaimed chapter to the best-selling game, The Last of Us. Expand
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  1. Aug 16, 2016
    10
    The Last of Us: Left Behind is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony ComputerThe Last of Us: Left Behind is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

    Ellie returns as new light is shed on her relationship with Riley, her best friend from the military boarding school they both grew up in. After inexplicably disappearing for weeks, Riley reemerges 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 will forever change both of their live.

    + Ellie and Riley Relationship
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  2. Feb 21, 2019
    10
    An amazing prequel / sequel to The Last of Us. Worthy of the original game. Best DLC you'll ever buy. The writing is just as good as the mainAn amazing prequel / sequel to The Last of Us. Worthy of the original game. Best DLC you'll ever buy. The writing is just as good as the main story, although since you know the story in the 'present' perhaps some drama is lost, and I wasn't captivated by the story of the soldiers. The prequel parts are worth every penny, though. Expand
  3. Mar 6, 2017
    10
    This is what all DLC should be. It adds to the original story (which was already self-sufficient) and fleshes out the characters withoutThis is what all DLC should be. It adds to the original story (which was already self-sufficient) and fleshes out the characters without ruining the original or introducing plot holes, as many DLCs do.
    Best viewed as a bonus chance to play a few more hours in the TLOU world. Gameplay tense and challenging just like the main game. Production values, animation and acting remain second to none. The story of Left Behind plays a lovely juxtaposition between a light-hearted time and a tense/sad time. Expect your heart-strings to be plucked again!
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  4. Sep 28, 2019
    8
    Lovingly crafted mini episode showing a glimpse of Ellie's life before the Joel years... The flash back/forward narrative is a little odd.Lovingly crafted mini episode showing a glimpse of Ellie's life before the Joel years... The flash back/forward narrative is a little odd. Great, but short. Like many DLC's for single player adventure games, this really felt like it belonged in the main campaign not as a separate DLC purchase. Playing this was all I could do to whet my appetite for TLOU part II!!! Expand
  5. Feb 12, 2017
    8
    A brief excursion back into the world Naughty Dog's masterpiece, The Last of Us. Serving in part as a prequel to the main game, while alsoA brief excursion back into the world Naughty Dog's masterpiece, The Last of Us. Serving in part as a prequel to the main game, while also filling in a small timeline gap, Left Behind doesn't actually require you to have played the original title. So in a sense this can serve as a great way to introduce yourself to the game's mechanics for a pretty cheap price in order to see if it's for you or not. However doing so is kind of cheating yourself. One of the big payoffs of the DLC is seeing how it plays off that little endgame speech Ellie gives in the main game, as well as learning a bit more about her. Plus there's the fact that playing Left Behind first also has some spoilers.

    The DLC doesn't do too much that the main game didn't. The main difference being that you're playing as Ellie for the entire experience. It's still the same excellent mix of stealth, crafting, and brutal combat, but Ellie has a distinct feel that's much different from Joel. It's enough to keep the action fresh for the roughly 2 hour playtime. However the biggest change that's noticeable from the action is that there are encounters where you'll be dealing with both the infected and other survivors, something that never happened in the main game. This allows for the option to pit your foes against each other in a way that feels organic and believable. It's something I would love to see expanded upon in The Last of Us Part II.

    Left Behind is really too experiences in one. Half of it is set during Joel and Ellie's trek across the country and features the more standard TLOU gameplay. The other half is a prequel set before they even met and has an even stronger emphasis on storytelling. The gameplay in these sections are more linear and don't actually feature much combat. It's more like a series of mini-games. Yet, the way it's handled is fun. It really sells the feeling of hanging out and playing with a friend.

    Love and friendship are big themes here. The prequel story is sweet, touching, and very deep to the point of being outright profound. Of course this all comes with the heartbreaking and bleak nature of the world Naughty Dog has crafted. The writing and performances are just as incredible as they were in the main game, once again rivaling anything you'll see in movies.

    It's simply more of The Last of Us. Something that's by no means a bad thing. It's definitely more linear and over in no time at all, but when it comes to storytelling and inventive gameplay scenarios Left Behind delivers in spades. It's basically a must for any TLOU fan. For newcomers, I recommend playing the main game first, but this can still serve as a powerful introduction to one of gaming's best titles.

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  6. Jun 3, 2018
    7
    A good DLC, yes, it allows us to delve into Ellie's past and decisions and tie up some loose ends of the main story of The Last Of US.A good DLC, yes, it allows us to delve into Ellie's past and decisions and tie up some loose ends of the main story of The Last Of US. However, there is a but: it has an excessively short duration; approximately, 2 hours. Expand
  7. Feb 17, 2019
    2
    Feels like a movie with a thumbstick. And not an interesting one. I regretted purchasing it.

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