Parents' Guide to

The Last of Us: Left Behind

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent action in phenomenal, emotional tale of two girls.

Game PlayStation 3 2014
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Emotional and well-written prologue has less violence than the original game, but plenty of profanity

The Last of Us: Left Behind (2014) follows 14 year old Ellie and her friend Riley through a shopping mall in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Serving as a prologue and DLC to the original game, The Last of Us (2013), we switch back and forth between the main games events which remained unseen until now and the past with Ellie and her friend. VIOLENCE: MODERATE Infrequent and relatively tame violence compared to the first game. On occasion, players encounter zombie creatures and get to take them on with a pistol, knife and bow showing a small amount of blood upon killing them and while using explosives, brief gore. Unlike the original game, we don’t face humans until the very end, and even this sequence isn’t very graphic, however this can be stabbed and shot with a pistol and bow, spraying and splattering blood. While using explosives we see brief gore. During cutscenes, we see wounds realistically oozing blood and in one scene a zombies throat is slit open in a rather graphic shot. LANGUAGE: MODERATE Frequent use of “f*ck”, “sh*t”, and “d*ck” over the roughly 1.5 to 2 hour game. The language appears more frequently than it does in the original game, yet because of its length it is nowhere near as strong. 12+ for violence, some bloody images and language
age 14+

Not that bad

Its just a girl looking for her dad

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Much like the game it expands upon, this title doesn't content itself with simply delivering nerve-racking life-and-death scenarios that will leave players forever wary of clicking sounds in the dark. The Last of Us: Left Behind also challenges players with a moving narrative that will make players care about its characters on a very human level. As Ellie and her friend explore a long-abandoned mall, doing the sorts of things kids their age not living through a nightmarish apocalypse normally would -- ducking into a photo booth, heading into an arcade -- the tragedy of their situation becomes woefully clear and is all the more so once the depth of their relationship is revealed and put to the ultimate test. Few game characters, male or female, young or old, have ever been so beautifully or sadly realized.

At only three hours, Left Behind is preciously brief. Most players will be left wishing for another three hours, especially given the stirring conclusion. Take it as proof of developer Naughty Dog's understanding of and commitment to the old adage: Always leave the audience wanting more.

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