For anyone who isn't already aware, the single-player DLC for The Last of Us is available! Released on Valentines Day of all things, though I wonder if that was intentional.
Anywhoo, I personally thought it was superb. I was at first a little reluctant when I noticed the price of £12, but it was completely worth it. It made for an interesting semi-origin story for Ellie, and it was especially interesting to learn that the relationship between her and Riley was growing to become more than a friendship. The thought began to run through my mind a little, specifically during the photoshoot segment, but then of course it becomes a lot less ambiguous later on. A pleasant surprise in any case.
What was also surprising is how they decided to tie Ellie's past with the moment where she's scavenging for supplies. It was to no doubt contrast a more playful Ellie of then, and the much more serious and battle-hardened Ellie during the winter portion of The Last of Us. That, and it was to show the results of Riley's invaluable advice she bestows onto Ellie during the end.
Which is good, because I at first thought it was purely as an excuse to splice in some combat, so I was happy to see it served more of a purpose. The mini-story of the three medics was also well done, and nicely tied into the theme of living for your loved ones and sticking by them through better or worse. ''We eat together, we sleep together, we shit together''.
A lot of great moments peppered throughout in general, too. The carousel, the origins of Ellie's joke book--not to mention her desire to whistle--tinkering around in the halloween store, ''playing'' the MK-spoof via Riley's narration, and--probably my favourite snippet--the photoshoot!
Even the combat portions were made to feel slightly different, with you sometimes able to manipulate the infected to then force them to battle it out with the hunters. Though watching both the infected and the hunters withstand a copious amount of damage from each other before dying was a bit weird. But I think that would probably my only criticism, and it's barely even what I'd call a criticism really.
So, yeah, it's pretty fucking great.