With the story focused on two teenage girls, players of The Last of Us: Left Behind, the upcoming DLC for one of last year’s most critically-acclaimed games, may find themselves feeling a little more vulnerable than they were in Joel’s shoes. Luckily, a new spin on the combat will offer the opportunity to play things smart.
In a video interview with the cast and creators of “Left Behind,” lead game designer Jacob Minkoff explains that the DLC will have more focus on exploration than on combat, but when fights do come along they will be “extremely challenging.” One way to approach these situations will be to initiate multi-faction battles, wherein hostile humans and infected are forced to fight one another instead of Ellie and Riley.
It’s a great combat tactic that allows the player to weaken enemies from afar whilst they are distracted with fighting one another, or even to stay completely hidden while they whittle down each other’s numbers. Those who have played The Last of Us will know that Ellie and Riley’s luck does run out eventually, but at least they’ll be ready to put up a fight.
The interview also shows clips from the trailer for “Left Behind” that was released this week, in which Riley returns after a period of absence to reveal that she has been recruited by the rebel group, the Fireflies. This makes things difficult for Ellie, who is in military custody and training to fight the Fireflies, but friendship ultimately outweighs her other loyalties.
Riley, who was referenced in The Last of Us and got a solid backstory in the comic book tie-in miniseries “The Last of Us: American Dreams,” is played by Yaani King, while Ashley Johnson reprises her role as Ellie. The DLC follows the two teenagers as they go exploring outside of the quarantine zone, where an abandoned mall holds many relics of the past – including an old carousel that was featured in the original teaser for “Left Behind.”
For those who loved playing The Last of Us, “Left Behind” looks set to deliver more of the same. In other words, have a handkerchief handy.
The Last of Us: Left Behind will be available on PS3 in early 2014.