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The Last Of Us Left Behind (2014) is a survival adventure game where you play Joel, a father figure, looking to protect a girl in his care, Ellie. The game creates a filmic and emotional experience that extends beyond the usual zombie shooting to offer an interactive experience concerned with parenting, care and the cost of survival and protection of children in our care.

Left Behind is a set of substantial additional chapters that flesh out the story of the first Last of Us game. We get to play as Ellie as a younger child, learning about her fears, relationships and the events leading up to her meeting Joel. We also get to see more of the period in the game where Joel is hurt and needs Ellie's care.

Although easy to overlook, as this is seen as simple additional content by many, Left Behind is actually a compelling experience in its own right. It's important that you have played the first game, but when you have, Left Behind offers important parts of the story that shed new light on the main characters.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Last Of Us Left Behind 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete. How long this takes depends on your proficiency and how much exploring you do.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for frequent scenes of strong violence, and strong language. Violence ranges from moderate to strong, featuring decapitation, dismemberment and torture. Frequent scenes of blood and gore. Strong language such as ‘*!@?*’ is used frequently.

Skill Level

16+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need patience and emotional maturity to appreciate the themes and dialogue that develop.


The Last Of Us Left Behind

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can purchase the game as extra content for The Last of Us, or as Left Behind a stand alone game. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/02/2014

Out Now: PS3 and PS4

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)

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