|Dev: Naughty Dog|
|Release: February 14, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language|
And she does it all in style. Visually, The Last of Us: Left Behind is just as stunning as the original, if not more. The graphics were near flawless and even more stable than the original. It’s hard to believe Naughty Dog was able to pull this level of visual capability off on the PS3. Sure, there are games that are technically superior on next-gen platforms, but not by much. The dilapidated world is teeming with details of society gone awry in every way. Evidence of other people’s final struggles can be found throughout the gameplay, painting a dark backdrop of those unable to survive in a derelict and abandoned city.
The sound of The Last of Us: Left Behind is just as amazing as before. Voice acting is simply phenomenal and the score is so good you might want to download some of the tracks (like I did.) The audio did have one flaw this time around though. In the second half of the gameplay the voice tracks of the characters were hopelessly underpowered. At first, I thought it was an issue with my television. But after restarting my system and television twice, and resetting all my cables, I realized that I wasn’t the problem. You could still hear the voices, but they were muffled and extremely low. So much so, that I had to make sure subtitles were on so I could tell what was going on. However, the problem righted itself once gameplay resumed, but it was still an annoyance (albeit my only one) with The Last of Us: Left behind.
While it is a bit short, this DLC pack offers some excellent gameplay and the chance for gamers like myself to fill in a few of the gaps in one of their favorite games of all time. Actually, I think this may be the only time I have spent more than 15 minutes at the mall and haven’t wanted to tear my hair out by the roots or sob quietly in a corner. If you couldn’t tell, I hate malls, but I definitely love The Last of Us: Left Behind, malls and all.
Date: February 14, 2014