I slipped 'The Last of Us' Disc in to my Playstation 4 last weekend and chose to embark on my first taste of the games DLC: Left Behind. As we know, this DLC is bundled in to the Remastered version of The Last of Us, a title in which claimed over 200 awards including numerous 'Best Game' awards. Hand on my ticker, I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THIS GAME and playing through Left Behind added to my already HIGHLY SATISFIED feelings.
Left Behind continues to adopt a colourful, inviting, intriguing and boastful array of environments, even more so in a upscaled 1080p resolution. We play as Ellie, our joint protagonist from the main campaign. Eliie continues to show strength and courage and she meanders her way through labyrinths of Clickers on her quest to help heal Joel. Now, let me just add something here. I DO NOT WANT TO SPOIL THE STORY. If you have not played the main campaign then let's just say that Ellie and Joel BOTH help one another. After all, this games central nervous system stems from survival. Needless to say, the Left Behind DLC forges the gaps within the main campaign and it does so incredibly well. For me, I found there to be a sweet balance of total peace mixed with stealth to pulse racing action. I felt connected to Ellie in a way that the main campaign did not allow for. She was alone (during one half of the DLC), driven, gutsy and determined! Naughty Dog did a phenomenal job of creating Ellie's character and slowly allowing her to evolve across the main campaign and in Left Behind.
The second part of Left Behind (or the first whichever way you want to look at it) portrays the prequel of the main game in which I was introduced to Riley. I learnt that Riley was the best friend of Ellie and had been away for some time. The two meet again for the first time and the story unfolded from there. Again, I was absolutely floored at how Naughty Dog had pieced this slice of the pie together. The backdrop was in a mall (and this was DEFINITELY my favourite aspect of the DLC) in which Ellie and Riley patrol through whilst locked in conversation. I found their conversation to be incredibly entertaining especially when the two friends were trying on masks in the Halloween Store. I found these moments to be incredibly tender that allowed me to learn about Ellie and Riley's friendship. They were very close and compassionate towards each others cause and I felt touched by their relationship (oh wow you should see what happens after the water fight). Again, FIRST CLASS character development from Naughty Dog.
Towards the end of Ellie and Riley's ploy, I ended on a pinnacle moment. WARNING SPOILER ALERT....... it was the moment in which Ellie had got bitten. I was gripped, totally gripped at how this moment happened. I've said before on my YouTube channel that I LOVE it when a game connects with me in a way that my body responds. This truly was an amazing experience and I am thirsty to play through the next chapter of The Last of Us.
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