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The Last of Us DLC Will Show Ellie’s more “Playful” Side

by Ron Duwell | January 14, 2014January 14, 2014 6:00 am PST

The Last of Us‘ first storyline DLC, Left Behind, will be hitting the PlayStation 3 very soon for $14.99, and it will be adding a bit more of a twist to the dark and depressing tale.

Ashley Johnson, the actress playing the game’s heroine Ellie, recently sat down with IGN for a video interview and described the latest chapter as “playful,” as it will see Ellie interact with her teenage friend Riley.

“It’s definitely different. It’s a little bit more ‘fun,’ because you have two teenage girls going through a mall. It’s kind of like a post-pandemic version of two teenage girls hanging out. Definitely not a normal hangout! It’s very different — a little more playful.”

Johnson states that his new atmosphere will also carry over into the gameplay and atmosphere as well.

“There’s a bit of everything in there. You’re really getting a new sense of the environment. You’ll engage in combat that seems familiar from the original campaign, but there are some new touches and nuances, too.”

Riley’s actress, Yaani King, also assessed the game to be far more “fun,” this time in her own interview.

“You’re going to have a little more fun, I would say. One thing I can talk about is what you kind of see in the teaser trailer, the carousel scene … you get to be a little more playful, you get to see a side of Ellie, along with Riley, that is a bit more carefree, not so focused on the world that they live in and the reality in which they live in, but you get to explore a playful side of Ellie that you don’t necessarily get to see. And you get to see her through Riley, who’s kind of bringing these things out of her and loosening [her] up a bit.”

Riley is only briefly mentioned by Ellie in the The Last of Us, and it is not the happiest of recollections. All this playful atmosphere comes at the cost of us knowing how the story is going to pan out. Sometimes knowing the end of a story is better in the long run because you want to hope against hope that things might end differently. Just another way for The Last of Us to mess with our brains.

No release date has been set for Left Behind yet, but the teaser trailer mentions that it will be coming soon. It will cost $14.99 for the PlayStation 3.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...