|Friends to the End|
With Ellie being the driving force of the game, game play and story are fairly different than the main campaign, but still very much in the same vein. You still will have to seek out supplies, craft items and take out enemies, but as Ellie, which leads to it's own limitations, making the game feel so familiar yet so different at the same time. Even in sections I knew were simply story driven, I found myself falling back into my old routine of scouring each level while trying to get all the optional conversations and keep up with Riley. These combat driven sections are also much less emphasized, and rightfully so, because the story is what drives the chapter. Despite this shift, fans of the original will feel right at home.
|Still Full of Magical Moments|
As much fun as the combat is in Left Behind, the story it tells is what really makes it a worthy addition to the franchise. The story is very different from the main campaign, but it's that reason alone that it hits so hard. Seeing a more vulnerable side of Ellie is welcome, especially since she is acting more 'herself' around Riley, who is her age and also a good friend compared to Joel, who is more like a father figure to her. There isn't too much that can be said because the story is full of so many small surprises that I would hate to ruin it for anyone willing to play. Suffice it to say that the story is different, but in all the best ways possible.
My total completion time was a little over 3 hours, and for the $15 it is totally worth it. If you are a fan of the game looking for more, dive in. Don't even think about it. Don't even finish reading this sentence. Go. It is worth it.