Violent action in phenomenal, emotional tale of two girls.
Common Sense Media
23 March 2014
Summary: Parents need to know The Last of Us: Left Behind is a third-person action game with bloody and sensational violence. Combat involves humans driven mad by fungal spores attacking and biting the main character. It also includes a good deal of strong language, as well as a brief scene in which a couple of teen girls taste a bit of whisky. It's definitely not meant for younger players.
Conclusion: A fleshed out Ellie story that brings you right back into the rich, dismal world Naughty Dog has crafted so thoroughly, The Last of Us: Left Behind is the DLC fans of the original never even knew they wanted.
Excerpt: The Last of Us is one of the greatest videogame experiences ever created. You can argue that there’s too much action, that the progression is linear, that the bodies pile up as they always have and will. But what you can’t deny is the groundbreaking character development and narrative flair that this DLC continues with aplomb. If art is affecting, both Left Behind and its parent game could well be art.
Excerpt: The following review contains minor spoilers for The Last of Us Prequels must pass one of two criteria in order to be effective: they must either A) provide new context that enhances the quality of the original work, or B) provide character development that wasn’t present in the original. Most prequels fail to meet either of these marks, usually falling somewhere between “unnecessary” and “a waste of time.
Excerpt: The Last of Us: Left Behind is the first singleplayer downloadable content released for the game consisting of two intertwined flashback sequences played from Ellie’s perspective. Developer Naughty Dog recommends that you play Left Behind after completing the main game as this DLC contains a couple of major spoilers related to The Last of Us’ plot.
Excerpt: It’s hard to believe that nearly six months have passed since The Last of Us came out and delivered the greatest story ever told in gaming. Joel and Ellie’s journey together had all the makings of a cinematic blockbuster, and gave proof to PS3 owners that the system not only still had life in it – but could deliver some of the most beautiful visuals in games even with its successor on the horizon.
Still Ahead Of The Rest | The Last Of Us: Left Behind Review
21 February 2014
Conclusion: Left Behind adds barely anything to The Last Of Us. It serves more as a reminder of how good the original game is. Question is…should you pay just over ten pounds for a remember? You should. Despite not doing anything new with the ebb and flow of the original, Left Behind is something beautiful and definitely affecting. You won’t play anything like it anytime soon.
Summary: You don't have to ask me twice to get back into the world of Naughty Dog's The Last of Us , given that the game swept pretty much every award you could earn in 2013. I'm happy to accept the invitation into its super freaky post-apocalyptic world, especially when that return comes with a healthy dose of backstory. For me, it's the storytelling that makes Naughty Dog's games so enjoyable.