The Last of Us: Left Behind - Análisis
The story of Ellie and Joel, swept away by a post-apocalyptic world that has been devastated by a 'pseudo-zombie' epidemic, made our hair stand on end and made us spend some of the best hours in front of our PS3s last year. Now, the Naughty Dog guys offer us two more hours of experience in a kind of pre-story or parallel story, or both (we prefer that you discover it). In it, the absolute protagonist will be our beloved Ellie, the only playable character, but she will be accompanied by her friend Riley (a friend that everyone will recognize if you have already played the campaign of the original game).
Much of the action will take place in the Boston quarantine zone, with the two girls exploring some forbidden places outside the prevailing law, such as a huge abandoned shopping mall. And when we say 'action', it is a way of speaking, because there is not much action, let us say. The DLC does not focus on the battles or the action sequences, but on the characters, their fantastic conversations (the dialogues with Riley do not detract from the mythical ones that we live with Joel), the interactive games between the two teenagers and the story of Ellie . But the DLC is full of surprises, we promise you, and epic moments that explain some pending things.
But, although the action is not the protagonist in this downloadable, there will be times when we will face different enemies. On many occasions, Ellie will have to resort to stealth to avoid the most creepy marauders and snappers, and other times launch into direct combat with all kinds of bugs and humans. And is that one of the dynamics that have been added in various scenes is the presence of two classes of enemies: human and infected. And this mix is highly satisfying as everyone will go for Ellie, but they will also fight each other, making these bouts into fantastic mayhem. It's great to be able to throw a brick to draw attention to the snappers and launch them at the humans, let them kill each other and collect the resources before sneaking away.
This new dynamics of combat is great, especially on a couple of occasions, but it knows little in these two hours of play (maybe it only happens three or four times) and it would have been fantastic to experience it in the original campaign. What is gratifying is that the difficulty is somewhat high, especially designed for those who already learned with the main campaign. You have to think that we handle Ellie, not Joel, and that resources will be extremely limited throughout the game. Of the 5 or 6 bouts (there are no more) there are a couple of them that are really difficult to solve, which lengthens the experience somewhat.
As for the technical invoice, well as impressive as the original game, with really magical moments and fantastic and very long videos (this makes the actual game time drastically reduced in those two hours). Ashley Johnson's role as Ellie is again impressive, but we must also highlight Yaani King, as Riley, a perfect counterpoint to our protagonist. There is chemistry between the two and the emotional moments between the two friends will make more than one get excited. All with outstanding dubbing and a soundtrack on par with the cool sheet music from the original game.
In addition to completing the different sequences, the Left Behind scenes also hide some collectibles, like in the main game, which we can strive to find: letters, handwritten sheets, recordings ... All of them draw stories of anonymous characters who lost their lives , became infected or left the site long ago. It all adds up to make this fantastic story even more rounded.
Maybe it's too short, a two-hour DLC that logically leaves us wanting much more. Maybe there aren't too many fights or action sequences and half the time we are watching a kind of interactive movie. Maybe this downloadable seems a little expensive for so little content. But I can only say (biting my tongue to avoid releasing any spoilers) that if you liked The Last of Us a lot, if you are true fans of the work of Naughty Dog, it is very worth living these two more hours of history that Left Behind offers . To further understand Ellie's story and attend a few surprises live.