'The Last of Us' Game Supplement 'Left Behind' Explores Friendship

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 03:45 PM

By Michael Mullins

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"Left Behind," a supplement to "The Last of Us" — the popular Sony Play Station video game set in post-apocalyptic America — has been released. The downloadable content reportedly sheds further light on the friendship between one of the game's protagonists, Ellie, and her friend Riley.

Bruce Straley, the game’s director, and Neil Druckman, its creative director, were behind the new content release that reportedly explores the adolescent girl's friendship that occurred prior to the game itself, picking up on a story thread that had previously been touched upon in the game, The Wall Street Journal's Speak Easy blog reported.

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In the prequel supplement, one apparently sees how Ellie and her younger companion initially learned how to survive a zombie apocalypse.

"This is the first portrayal of a friendship between adolescent girls that I've ever seen in a video game (excepting Gone Home's documented one), and it's wonderfully done," the Guardian's Keza MacDonald wrote. "Theirs is an ordinary and beautiful teenage friendship under extraordinary circumstances, potently relatable despite the shambling infected and ruined urban landscape.

"In just a few hours it communicates the intensity of a best friendship, the fights and the shared silliness and the reluctant need for each other," MacDonald writes.

Having been released on June 14, 2013, "The Last of Us" sold more than 1.3 million units in its first week and 4.1 million units by the first week of February, according to VGChartz.com. It was reportedly the second-largest video game launch of 2013 behind "Grand Theft Auto V."

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