In the end, both The Last of Us and its (fantastic) new downloadable expansion Left Behind had a lot to say about life, loss, and why we fight to survive. But they said those things in slightly different ways.
There are topics that mainstream video games rarely tackle, but lately, the list is getting shorter. It got shorter yet again last week. It happened in a PS3 game, or rather, in an expansion to a PS3 game from last year. It's something I can't not talk about. Spoilers for The Last of Us: Left Behind follow.
I've never played anything quite like The Last of Us: Left Behind.
Hope you haven't unhooked your PS3 yet; 2013's Kotaku Game of the Year is getting a new story on February 14, and you can watch the cinematic intro here. (Don't worry—it's not as traumatizing as the first few minutes of The Last of Us.)