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  • 8.8:
    • GameSpot's review was almost immediately pounded with dislikes for daring to give the game an 8/10. Not only was it a mostly positive review whose only major complaint was the occasional immersion-breaking AI glitch and some Gameplay and Story Segregation, but the review embargo lifted a full week before the release date. Though it's worth noting that the game was leaked online at least a week before its official release, so at least some of the people had played the game beforehand.
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    • Polygon's 7.5 caused accusations of favoritism for Xbox 360 games by Sony fans since Polygon was funded by Microsoft.
  • Accidental Aesop: The game seems to take a few potshots at the concept of religion every now and then. Neither Sam nor Ellie believe Henry's claims that the infected have "moved on", and the only character who's implied to be religious is David, a cannibalistic, self-righteous Ephebophile.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In the ending, is Joel a noble Papa Wolf or an ultimately selfish man motivated by the Adult Fear of losing another daughter? That, or perhaps he's so vengeful against humanity, he's willing to damn them all for daring to take another little girl's life, considering what happened to his daughter in the prologue.
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    • Is Marlene a stressed, desperate leader who feels the ends justifies the means, or a Broken Bird ground down by the horrors of what the world has become and simply didn't have the strength of will to resist the urges of her people?
    • Consider the sheer speed with which the Fireflies decide to scoop out Ellie's brain, potentially ruining their only vaccine source. Is it because the Fireflies are just that good at medicine, or is it desperation mixed with scientific incompetence?
    • In the ending, is Ellie asking Joel to lie to her? Or is she begging him to protect her from that last bit of guilt? Word of God states that she knows he is lying to her, and that as a result, she feels robbed of choice- it has ended her trust in him.
    • Even if a vaccine had been successfully made, would the Fireflies really have distributed it quickly and/or fairly to people? They were on extremely bad terms with the military, immediately decided to kill an unconscious child, and it's ultimately implied that they wanted to kill Joel after he delivered Ellie because He Knows Too Much. Their goal may have been noble, but in the end, it would appear that they might have kept a potential vaccine to themselves, or at most have distributed it in small dosages to chosen clients, which, when the word got out, would have caused mankind to turn even more on each other due to fighting over it.
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    • To add to the above, the Zombie Apocalypse rampaged for 20 years; could the world be considered too far gone for a vaccine to really have made that much of a difference?
    • Was David a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing all along, or was he the decent guy he first introduces himself as, who merely snapped when realizing there was no use attempting to get along with strangers who in return did nothing but break his fingers and kill his men and was forced to resort to cannibalism to survive? Then again, he showed his paedophilic tendencies before he snapped and the other Cannibals call Ellie his "newest pet", implying he did such things before. Alternatively, is his Ax-Crazy personality during his and Ellie's Boss Fight due to the (supposed) infection from her bite showing its symptoms?
      • Interestingly, Nolan North (David's voice actor)'s own interpretation of David is that he genuinely cares for his group and indeed had good intentions towards Ellie to begin with, with her being a glimmer of hope for him similar to the way she is for Joel, but threw all morality out the window the more she fought against him.
      • David apparently kept young girls as "entertainment" before Ellie, who all might have been naive and trusting of his kind and polite act in difference to Ellie who flat out refuses to join him. Nolan North even hinted that David might have viewed Ellie as different and considered her to be someone he eventually could have children with to increase his group's numbers. Another possible interpretation of his reaction to Ellie's defiance is that David is Not Good with Rejection.
    • Ellie breaking David's finger. A badass or stupid move, considering there was no way she could have gotten a hold of his keys and she only escapes him and James within an inch of her life as a result? A better solution would probably have been to pretend she would join him, and then escape after he let her out. Though it might just boil down to her having acted rashly out of anger or panic.
    • A lot of players interpret Ellie's sullen attitude at the start of the Spring chapter to be the result of her ordeal with David, when at that point, it's been at least a couple of months since it happenednote  and Word of God hints more towards her simply being down about her and Joel's journey almost being over. Joel will also comment that she seems "extra quiet today", meaning she was acting depressed that particular day.
    • While he's clearly a good man at heart who cares for his family and friends and wants to rebuild the world on a small scale, Tommy can come across as rather self-righteous and condescending to Joel. He doesn't seem to appreciate even the intent behind whatever Joel did to try and keep him alive, and rather than deny it was necessary, he just flippantly tells him it "wasn't worth it", which makes it seem like he thinks he's too good for him. It also comes across as him having a sort of double standard, considering that Maria seems to wear the pants in their relationship and be about as protective of him as Joel apparently used to be, and yet he's never shown to complain.
    • Sam gets infected and doesn't tell the others. Why? The obvious answer would be that he's worried they'd kill him if he did, (perhaps not his brother, but he wouldn't know about Joel), but another possibility is that, considering how overprotective Henry is of him, Sam was devastated at not being able to 'stay safe' per his brother's wish and didn't want to face him.
    • Is Bill an eccentric in-universe Crazy Survivalist, or the game's Only Sane Man (except for maybe Tommy and his ilk)? His justified paranoia allowed him to make a house out of an entire town, and he accurately predicts the dangers of Joel's relationship with Ellie. He also noticeably avoids the game's running theme of doing controversial things to protect those you love, even while he's clearly grieved by Frank's death,.
  • Anticlimax Boss: On Easy difficulty, the boss fight against David is made effortless since, as is turns out, David is just as vulnerable to a glass bottle to the face as anyone else. Knowing this changes the fight from a murderous game of cat and mouse to "throw a bottle then run up and stab him".
  • Breather Level: After the sheer amount of hell that happens towards the end of the Summer chapter, the Fall chapter is much easier, with the majority spent inside an empty university filled with supplies. It'll prepare you for when things go south in Winter.
  • Broken Base:
    • The confirmation that a movie adaptation is in the making hasn't gone over well with everyone, considering the bad reputation of game-to-movie adaptations, while others think The Last Of Us is the perfect story for a movie, meaning it'll likely be an exception. Even to the skeptic crowd however, the fact that Neil Druckmann will write the script for the movie offers some comfort, rather than it being done by a random Hollywood writer. The movie has since been abandoned, however.
    • Opinions on the Firefly Hospital vary over whether it's an equally exciting level to the rest of the game, epitomizing what you need in stealth and combat skills, or a Disappointing Last Level, switching the entire game from a tense, resource based survival game to another generic third-person shooter.
    • The announcement of the remastered edition for the PlayStation 4. Some feel like this is a great way to experience the game, especially for people who don't own a PS3 but are considering or already own a PS4. Others think of it as a completely pointless remake of a game not even a year old yet, and/or a cash-grab designed to take advantage of the PS4's lack of backwards compatibility.
    • Ashley Johnson and the film adaptation's directors considering casting Maisie Williams as Ellie has caused some mixed reactions with people feeling she doesn't resemble Ellie enough, while others think her acting skills from Game of Thrones makes her perfect for the role. A third group don't mind her too much, but still hope the film makers will audition more girls before immediately deciding for Williams.
  • Cant Un Hear It: Many fans will attest to not being able to hear Ashley Johnson's voice in any other form of media now without hearing Ellie talking.
  • Complete Monster: The seemingly kindhearted David is really a sinister cult leader in the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world. Raiding a university, David steals—and later kills—the horse Callus and leaves Joel in excruciating pain. He later reveals himself to be a cannibal, feeding human meat to his unsuspecting followers and with many previous victims. Becoming obsessed with the teenaged Ellie, David states his intent to use her to repopulate the world, and when she escapes from his clutches, he sends waves of his men to track her down, apathetic to their ensuing deaths. In his final confrontation with Ellie, David shows his full depravity, thanking her for killing his men and making his group stronger, in his own words, and trying to rape and kill her personally. Even among a cast of morally gray characters, David's actions and personality show him to be utterly irredeemable and the most heinous of all the enemies faced by Joel and Ellie.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The transition to the Winter Chapter. Joel collapses and seemingly dies of the horrific injury he just suffered. There's then a Time Skip and we see a cute bunny popping up from its burrow, as if to console the player. And then the bunny is suddently shot by an arrow.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The game opens with Joel's daughter being gunned down by the federal government. Things never get much lighter or more pleasant for Joel or humanity at large. Either you live a "secure" life under martial law where you're still not that safe from infection, or you brave the wilderness, which is full of marauders who shoot on sight—and Joel confesses to having been one himself. Some of the only kind people Joel and Ellie meet end up dead: one gets infected, and the other must kill him then immediately kills himself. Then Joel nearly dies, and Ellie is taken hostage by a cult of cannibals. And after making it through that, at the very end of the game, the "good guys" require Ellie to die in order to save this terrible world. Is any of it worth it?
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • Bloaters. They have ranged attacks, unlike the other Infected, can take an obscene amount of damage, and if they get close to you, it's an insta-kill. Fortunately, there's only two in the entire game you have to kill in an open fight.
    • Clickers can be an odd zig-zagging example. When they're mixed with a group of Runners or Stalkers, they're very dangerous, since if any Infected so much as sees you, it'll inevitably alert this one-hit killer to you. When Clickers are the only things you're facing, though, their blindness makes them pretty manageable to either deal with or sneak past.
    • The Fireflies in the hospital at the end. In a world where you're lucky if you have an improvised shiv, these guys have unlimited assault rifle ammunition and can take three or four shotgun blasts at point-blank range. They come in groups of about eight. You'll wish you had a gang of Bloaters to deal with instead.
      • If there's one good thing to be said about the Fireflies, though, it's that none of them throw Molotov cocktails. Most human enemies in the game are ponderous and rather inaccurate with their shots, their main advantage being numbers and stamina. Not these guys; accuracy doesn't matter as much when you have a weapon with splash damage that can chew through Joel's health like butter. They have a habit of showing up in pairs, to boot.
    • Stalkers, keeping in the tradition of other creatures called Stalkers, are incredibly fast infected who constantly hide around corners and walls, avoiding any and all contact with you. The only 2 ways to counteract this is to run towards them and face them head-on (Which is a terrible idea on the higher difficulties) or to wait until the rare occasion they face you and shoot them in the head. Combine that with being the most aggressive type of the Infected (Only second to Runners) and an uncanny ability to dodge gunfire (On Survivor and Grounded, they can even move out of the way of point-blank shotgun blasts) and you do not have fun fighting these. Somewhat rectified in that you only fight Stalkers twice.
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  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: To survive, you need to actively find something to fight for. As illustrated by Joel at the very end with his willingness to hide the truth about the Fireflies from Ellie.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • What happened during the 20 year timeskip, i.e. what happened in the days following the outbreak and Sarah's death, what was Joel and Tommy's life of crime like, how did Joel meet Tess and so on.
    • There's a Time Skip between each season in the game which can leave a lot to the imagination of what goes on between them. In particular, the time skip between Winter and Spring is implied to be around three or four months long.
  • Game-Breaker: The flamethrower is comically overpowered. Fire is guaranteed to kill everything except for bloaters, so you just have spray enemies long enough to light them on fire and they are dead. It's only initial shortcoming is that the range is rather small, but that can be upgraded, along with the damage. At max damage, even Bloaters will melt rather fast. It's telling that it's the final weapon that you get in the game. And with Joel being out of commission for most of the Winter chapter, you don't have that much time to really use it. But for the encounters you DO have it for, it trivializes them.
  • Game-Breaking Bug:
    • During the stealth area in the sewers with the Stalkers, a glitch can occur where Sam will randomly run up to Stalkers and Clickers for no discernable reason and alert them immediately. The worst part about this glitch is that it can happen very often and completely at random.
    • For opposite effect, there's a glitch in that very same part where shooting the infected while backing up against the concrete wall that separated the group may cause all the infected in the room to magically disappear.
    • Given the amount of glitches reported from this section, from the infamous Sam glitch, freezing, the 5 Stalkers and 2 Clickers loading in as 5 Clickers and 2 Stalkers and many other angry forum posts, it is safe to say this entire section is a combination of That One Level and Game-Breaking Bug.
  • Genius Bonus: The Firefly lab is found at the (fictional) University of Eastern Colorado. While there, you meet David's clan of cannibals for the first time. At the real University of Colorado in Boulder, the students voted to name their cafeteria after notorious accused cannibal Alferd Packer ("Have a friend for lunch!" being the motto). Famous alums Trey Parker and Matt Stone made their first commercial project on him as well: Cannibal! The Musical. Later, Joel finds David's camp in the also fictional town of Silver Lake, Colorado. Packer was convicted in a trial in Lake City.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The game has sold very well in Japan having been in the top 10 sales charts for three weeks. This is likely in part to its Survival Horror motifs; and the game's extensive focus on Character Development and plot. It's still pretty impressive given that it was given the Japanese equivalent of an AO rating, which would usually limit how much a game sells.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • When Joel asked Sarah about how she got him the watch, she sarcastically responded with "selling hardcore drugs." Twenty years later, Joel deals drugs for ration tickets...
    • The last Summer cutscene has Henry talk about how he would "die happy" if he ever got to ride a Harley. Come the next morning, he's forced to shoot an infected Sam, leaving him to tears before turning the gun on himself.
    • After playing the Left Behind DLC, the scene in Autumn where Ellie calls Joel out on trying to give her to Tommy becomes twice as heartbreaking now that we know exactly how much Ellie has really lost and the way Joel so bitterly crushes her doesn't help.
      Joel: You have no idea what loss is.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Several people noted Ellie's resemblance to Ellen Page, before Naughty Dog changed her character model to remove this. And then at E3 2012, Sony unveiled Quantic Dream's new title, Beyond: Two Souls... Starring Ellen Page. Cue Epileptic Trees springing up that Ellie's character model changing was due to this. Another interesting coincidence between the two is Ellen came out as gay the same day as the Left Behind DLC released, where, in a way, Ellie did the same.
    • A rather dark one in the game. In voice recordings, a Firefly scientist complains about how incompetent his coworkers are. Then, instead of exterminating a batch of test monkeys injected with Cordyceps like he was supposed to, he sets them free instead and gets bitten and infected for his trouble.
    • In the Japanese dub of the game, Joel's voice actor previously voiced Wreck-It Ralph, another antagonistic brute that ends up befriending a little badass girl who softens his heart and ultimately makes him desperate to save her life. Perhaps even funnier when you consider Ellie's love for arcade games.
    • Ellie was originally meant to have the last name "Williams", but this was later scrapped. With the development of a movie adaptation, Ashley Johnson has stated that her own personal choice in actors to play Ellie is Maisie Williams, who was reportedly contacted to play the role in the film adaptation.
    • An double-whammy because of the The Last of Us-DLC: When in Bill's Church he suspects that Ellie has stolen something from him, but she denies it. A later cut-scene show us that she stole, amongst other things, a gay male porn magazine from Bill. And the later revelation of Ellies sexuality proved that, no, she wasn't lying.
    Bill: I swear to God, if you took anything...
    Ellie: Hey man, I don't need any of your shit. Trust me.
    • Speaking of Bill, Jaboody Dubs did a parody video of a cut scene shown at San Diego Comic Con that portrays Bill as a homosexual before the game came out. Looks like Jaboody himself is a bit of a prophet on that one.
    • Ashley Johnson played Terra in the 2003 Teen Titans animated series. Eventually, Troy Baker would play Terra's older brother Brion in Young Justice: Outsiders.
  • Ho Yay: Joel and Henry's bonding scene when they talk about motorcycles like old chums. Ellie even lampshades it when she excuses herself from the room saying "You two deserve a little bit of privacy" in a way that says: "Get a Room!".
  • Hype Backlash: Early pre-release reviews called it "gaming's Citizen Kane moment" and "true art". This hyperbole has led to some gamers finding the game to be average, often criticising the gameplay for being a mediocre third person stealth/shooter with a large focus on cinematic cutscenes, having a lot of 'transition' scenes with next to no gameplay, and a tedious amount of 'find a ladder or pallet' puzzles. There is a group of people who say the gameplay is so mediocre and boring that it's a better 3 hour condensed movie than a game.
  • Iron Woobie: Joel. Twenty years of survival must have taught him to endure all those hardships.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Bill. He can be quite mean and unpleasant but it's hard to not feel bad for him considering what happened between him and Frank.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Subverted. Go into the game unspoilt and watch Sarah, whom you've spent the first minutes playing as, be shot by the soldier. Okay, she's hit, but she's still breathing - they'll certainly not kill off a young girl just like that. Oh. It's going to be that kind of game...
    • Setting this tone early on makes scenes like suddenly switching the viewpoint to Ellie after Joel received a definitely life-threatening injury right before the fall/winter timeskip and Joel driving away with Ellie out of view after being asked to hand her over during the finale all the more effective.
  • Love to Hate:
    • David. He does a great job at being realistically scary without being over the top, plus bonus points for being played by Nolan North.
    • Joel, to a lesser extent, for those who view him as an Anti-Villain rather than a Tragic Hero.
  • Memetic Mutation: In the Winter section, Ellie's line after breaking David's finger has evolved into this.
    Tell them that Ellie is the little girl that BROKE YOUR FUCKING FINGER!
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • David definitely crosses the line when he tries to rape Ellie in the burning restaurant.
    • The Fireflies deciding to sacrifice Ellie in order to attempt a vaccine is seen as this to some. However, even if one were to agree with their decision, the fact that they were going to do it without even asking her was a pretty dick move. Doubled if one take into the account how they asked Marlene to kill Joel for no reason but You Have Outlived Your Usefulness, or alternatively He Knows Too Much.
    • Alternatively, Joel himself for potentially sacrificing the entire future of humanity for one girl, and then murdering the Fireflies. And then lying to Ellie about it.
  • Narm: From a gameplay perspective, many jokes have been made of how Joel will light a Molotov cocktail when you pick it, then if you pick another weapon instead, Joel puts the Molotov cocktail back in his backpack while it's still on fire, easily garnering some laughs when you notice.
  • Nausea Fuel: The Infected, especially if you don't like fungus, are pretty tough to look at. Hell, even if you aren't bothered by fungus they're still pretty disgusting to look at.
  • Polished Port: Aside from having all the DLC on the disc, the remastered PS4 version has improved framrates that go up to 60fps, and improved graphics.
  • Older Than They Think: The character arc between Joel and Ellie has actually been done three years ago by the leads in Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, according to SuperButterBuns.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: A positive example. Despite the Word of God claim, the nature of Joel and Tess's relationship is delightfully ambiguous, with only her statement that "there's enough here [between us]" to give any implications that it goes beyond platonic convenience. It really can come down to personal interpretation if it's romantic, intimate, or just close friendship.
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • At the end of the game many gamers were hoping for the Fireflies to stop Joel from saving Ellie because even though they were going to kill Ellie, they were going to use the cure inside her to save humanity and Joel's actions would prevent that from happening.
    • Likewise there is just as much, if not more people, who were rooting for Joel to kill all the Fireflies and save Ellie because despite knowing this could potentially doom humanity, they sympathize with Joel's reason of not wanting to lose another "daughter" to humans, and having witness the cruelties committed by humans themselves believes that humanity isn't really worth saving. It also helps that Troy Baker put in such an emotional performance in his portrayal of Joel.
  • Signature Scene: The scene where Ellie and Joel meets and pets a giraffe is often used in promotional pictures for the game.
  • Spiritual Licensee:
    • The Last of Us is in many ways a video game adaptation of The Stand, being a Road Trip Plot story set in a post-apocalyptic United States that has been ravaged by The Virus. There are some smaller plot points that are mutually reminiscent, such as the fact that in both stories the protagonists are venturing from the East Coast towards a location in the Rocky Mountains that contains the last remnants of "good" civilization. The big difference is that in The Last of Us, it wasn't really worth it.
    • It has also been called the greatest Children of Men-game ever made.
    • Now that Sony has officially given up on trying to make the film of this game, Logan will likely be the best TLOU movie ever made.
  • That One Level:
    • The part in Pittsburgh where Joel gets trapped in a flooded, dark basement can be a royal pain to many first time players, or even if you handle it well on the "normal" modes but then go on to "Survivor", where you don't have the listening mode and a very scarce supplies of bullets. Good luck fighting those infected when you don't know where they'll be coming from and you can hardly see them, next to fighting or escaping a Bloater through dark and narrow hallways without a Molotov Cocktail.
    • While this mainly is only the case on the higher difficulties Hard, Survivor and the DLC Grounded, the Hydroelectric Dam where players will not only face 30 straight minutes of heavily armed, body armoured bandits but will surely use 75% of their ammo just to survive. There is almost no stealth in this chapter, and is the reason why The University is a very easy level where you spend 90% of the chapter looting ammo and supplies. And on Grounded? Good luck having ammo for anything other than the revolver and 9mm pistol by the time you reach the University. Or, to be more accurate, good luck reaching the University.
    • The Firefly Hospital on Grounded difficulty. It's one thing to fight dozens of assault rifle armored mooks while Joel himself has very limited ammo, but as hinted above; checkpoints are scarce as well, meaning that if you fail, you have to start all over again from the beginning of the level regardless how far you progressed. It's probably one of the most blatant examples of where you'll have no choice but to sneak past as many enemies as you can, as engaging them too early either results in a quick death or simply wasting all of Joel's limited ammo, leaving him more or less defenseless for the next wave of Fireflies.
    • "Winter" could be called That One Chapter, simply because of how fragile Ellie is compared to the guy you play as for three-quarters of the game. All those supplements and parts you've been diligently collecting as Joel won't do you any good here, because Ellie's health can't be increased, her weapons can't be made more powerful, and her healing, reloading, and crafting animations can't be made to play out faster. The game tries to balance this out by making enemies much weaker against gunfire, but that won't mean much if you get grabbed by an angry Clicker while reloading. Or indeed, if you get grabbed by anybody, since Ellie tends to emerge from unarmed combat with only a sliver of health left. But even if combat isn't Ellie's thing, she can still hold her own in terms of stealth, right? Well, not necessarily, since her idea of "stealth" tends to be jumping on someone who's twice her size and stabbing them frantically, probably blowing her cover in the process. The only advantage Ellie has compared to Joel is her knife, which acts as an unbreakable shiv and allows her to stealth-kill entire rooms of infected. Too bad most of the enemies in "Winter" are either humans or infected who are already alert.
      • It’s notable that this is one of the aspects of the gameplay that they’ve confirmed will be updated for the sequel where Ellie is the main character. They confirmed at E3 2018 that they’re carrying over some stealth updates fron Uncharted 4 as well as adding some new ones to make up for her not being as strong. In the trailer they showed at the event, Ellie climbs under a truck to hide. You’ll do more ranged fighting and sneaking than straight up melee.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Aside from a few character interractions (particularly Joel and Ellie's budding relationship), this game is damn depressing even for a standard Zombie Apocalypse game. Nearly every character is either a Complete Monster or a Jerkass (including the protagonist, despite his Hidden Heart of Gold), the few who aren't (besides maybe Tommy and his group) end up being infected, killed or losing everyone and everything they have, there's a lot of talk about Humans Are Bastards and Humans Are the Real Monsters, and the game has one heck of a Bittersweet Ending that leans more towards bitter than sweet. Yet it is one of the most acclaimed video games of all time.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Oddly enough, the horses that show up in the middle of the game. Their legs and neck are far too thin and spindly to look like real horses. Horses like this were also present in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception so it seems to be a thing with Naughty Dog.
    • They didn't do too good a job on the eyes of unimportant characters.
    • Rather oddly, this example occurs only in the CG pre-rendered cutscenes but the facial features of any character, even important ones, look sunken and hollow. Sarah's face, for instance, is a lot more gaunt in the opening cutscene than throughout the rest of the very brief time she is in the game.
    • Tess can look very off-putting in cutscenes. Her head is disproportionately small and her face looks more like that of a mannequin than a human.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The footage of fungi growing during the opening credits is actual real life fungi the creators filmed growing over several weeks.
  • The Woobie:
    • Ellie. Almost everyone she knows and cares about is dead. This includes Riley, Tess, Sam, and Marlene, the latter of whom she doesn't know is dead.
    • Sam. Though his brother means well, Henry often admonishes him over the slightest things such as taking a toy to keep himself occupied. He is also not given a chance to be taught how to defend himself, unlike Ellie. And shortly after he bonds with Ellie, he becomes an infected and has to be put down by his own brother.

Left Behind

  • Broken Base:
    • The revelation that Ellie and Riley have romantic feelings for one another has been met with some backlash. It's either considered perfectly in-character or a cheap ploy on Naughty Dog's part to stir up controversy.
    • Another one not as major is the fact that the game doesn't show what exactly happens to Riley. Some feel that the Smash to Black choice to end the DLC worked for it and others felt that they would rather have seen what came to be of Riley (e.g; did Ellie have to kill her, did she leave her, etc).
  • Fanfic Fuel: What happened with Ellie and Riley after the DLC ended i.e how did they spend their final moments, what did Ellie do when Riley started turning etc.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment
    • The introduction is Riley scaring Ellie by pretending to be an infected biting her while she's sleeping. They both get bitten for real later on.
    • The jokes about cannibals that can be heard during the part with the joke book is this considering Ellie does eventually meet a group of real cannibals and gets traumatized by the event for a while.
    • Part of Riley's narration while Ellie's pretending to play the arcade game "Angel Knives" sounds similar to what she ends up doing to David later.
    Riley: She pierces his torso again and again until his heart flies right out of his chest.
    • Ellie and Riley at one point "hunts" each other with waterguns, where Ellie has to sneak around and ambush her. It's the very same tactic she has to use later when trapped in the burning restaurant with David.
    • Riley's "You're not gonna kill me, are you?" comment becomes this if it's indeed what Ellie had to end up doing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: It's been pointed out pretty often that Ellie strongly resembles Canadian actress Ellen Page (as mentioned in the main game's entry). Left Behind was released on February 14th, 2014, and it reveals that Ellie and Riley had romantic feelings for each other. On the very same day, Ellen Page came out as gay during a speech for the Human Rights Campaign.
  • That One Level: The very last section of the DLC where Ellie and Riley flee from Infected. What makes this difficult? Simple. At random points during the chase, infected will crawl out of areas infront of you as you are running. Which means if you are not fast enough, you will run straight into a Runner and get instantly killed. Good luck doing this in one try.
    • Taking down the first wave of hunters who have surrounded Joel's hiding place is simple enough. The second wave not so much, since Ellie is not particularly well-suited to surviving an all-out firefight against superior odds. Good news is, if you manage to hide or hold off the hunters long enough, infected will appear and possibly finish the work for you.
    • While the stakes aren't exactly high, the water gun fight with Riley can be downright frustrating if you're actually playing to win as Riley has a habit of not showing up in "listen" mode.


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