Naughty Dog released their downloadable content to their critically acclaimed 'The Last of Us' and managed to create another memorable moment.

Review: 'The Last Of Us: Left Behind' DLC Is Paltry, Yet Powerful

Still hankering to play Naughty Dog's The Last Of Us? Well, you're in for a treat as 2013's Game of the Year has created a story-based add-on DLC which fills in some of the gaps created in the main title.

Left Behind is the first time Naughty Dog has developed a piece of downloadable content that adds onto elements from the main game. The DLC was highly anticipated ever since it made itself known around the gaming community. With such lofty expectations already cultivated by Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, the initial consensus claimed that Left Behind is too expensive (costing $15 to download) and too short to merit coughing up that type of dough-re-mi. But, we're here to reassure you that Naughty Dog has moved the barometer forward and developed another stellar installment for the goose bump-inducing franchise that will be popular for years to come.

Warning: This review necessarily includes some spoilers about the story from The Last of Us. The developers strongly recommend that you play the original game before going through the DLC, so go play it before you dig into this review.

If you haven't played Naughty Dog's critically acclaimed third-person survival-horror action game, please do so before reading this review. If you have, you'll already understand why the ending of The Last of Us was exceptionally perfect. After facing a myriad of obstacles and enemies, the game's two protagonists, Ellie and Joel, who started out as strangers, become irreplaceable in one another's lives. Voiced by Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins, Bioshock: Infinite) and Ashley Johnson (Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction), the duo reflect the feelings of being on the opposite ends of an emotional spectrum during an epidemic that collapses humanity.

In the DLC, gamers play Ellie (Johnson) for three to four hours, jumping between two pivotal moments in her life. The first part serves as a prequel to the game and introduces the player to the character Riley Abel (voiced by Yaani King), a close friend of Ellie's that has connections to the rebel militants, the Fireflies. The second part takes places around the mid-part of the third act of the primary campaign when Joel, after being injured during a fierce battle with hunters at a college campus, becomes indisposed. The game jumps between these two time periods, and while they're not connected in either story or gameplay, you get a sense of who Ellie was prior to meeting Joel. Even despite the knowledge of Riley's fate (gamers learn of her death in the main story), Druckmann and Straley craft a compelling game that creates an earnest hope that something miraculous could avert the impending tragedy.

You never stray from Ellie's point of view throughout as you learn about her adolescent friendship with Riley and her strength in ensuring Joel's safety. Other than Gone Home, Left Behind wonderfully documents the ordinary, yet beautiful teenage friendship between the two girls amidst extraordinary circumstances. As you navigate between both timelines, you're reminded what it felt like to be a teenager and how intense the larger world around you can be. Ellie was forced at a young age to leave the things (and people) she loved behind, yet she's still a kid so you watch her struggle to keep the things she holds dear close. In a matter of moments, her and Riley go from reaffirming their BFF-status to fighting each other to sharing a moment of brevity to depending on one another to survive. It says so much in its few short hours of gameplay that the only complaint is that it ends all too soon.

The gameplay itself is impressive and responsive, as the controls handle smoothly and allows gamers to navigate around obstacles with relative ease. Left Behind doesn't change up or add anything new to the mix, which doesn't affect the panicky and exhilarating gameplay rhythm. Without Joel in the picture, we get to learn a bit more about Ellie — her brand of humor and her undeniable resiliency — and cheer hopelessly for her friend's survival. If anything, knowing the outcomes of Riley, Ellie and Joel helps to imbue the game with this sense of pathos.

The Last of Us: Left Behind proves that Naughty Dog knows how to craft games for a serious and mature audience. Ellie, as the star of this thrilling adventure, is endearing, funny, strong-willed, and capable even when the odds are against her. In the game, the complaint may be that the price is a lot to play for how short the experience is, but the DLC is a gripping and compelling addition to the franchise.

Don't believe us? Watch the trailer below:

One of the most riveting DLC's you'll play this year is available exclusively in the PlayStation Store for $14.99.

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A hilarious old video of Oprah Winfrey making an uncomfortable face as she dives into a piece of unseasoned chicken has been circulating the Internet all week. While these sort of silly videos wouldn't usually garner a response from the billionaire, Oprah surprised everyone when she shared a video explaining the chicken-eating experience and her initial reaction.

To give you some context, the video is a clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, in which O invited her guest Anna Ginsberg to make her award-winning chicken dish. After one bite, it became clear that Oprah wasn't too pleased with the chicken's bland taste. She even asked at the time if she could add a little seasoning.

I often think about the time Oprah did a cooking segment with a woman whose chicken recipe won $1 million, and Oprah's jaw dropped when she tasted it and realized the lady didn't even add seasoning

— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) December 9, 2018

Now, more than 10 years later, Oprah is setting the record straight. In her new video posted on Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 13), she noted that she likes to provide a pleasurable experience for her guests but also live in her truth. On that particular day, she was presented with a dilemma. "I was having a moment of trying to decide: Do I want her to have a great time? What is my real moment of truth?" she said. "Because the truth for me was that I'm used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That's just the truth...That's what I was thinking, 'This chicken needs some salt and pepper.'"

So that's that; Oprah has spoken. She may have played it off at the time, but like many others, she would prefer her chicken with seasoning.


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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

Sesame Street continues its crusade to include statement-making characters on their block. This time around, families will be introduced to Lily, the show’s first homeless character.

According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.


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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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