When Should You Play The Last of Us DLC, Left Behind? (Spoiler Free)

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The Last of Us: Remastered releases this week and as everyone knows, it does contain all the DLC included into one package. Of all the DLC, only one piece of it focuses on the single player experience, and that is the Left Behind DLC. Now with the game coming out there seems to be a bit of confusion around when this should be played, let me clear this up for you.

First off, let me just say that this is sanitized, so there are no spoilers whatsoever. Second of all let me say that the DLC is brilliant and very much worth the while of playing. It is, to date, the only DLC I have ever played which is a good enough reason if any.

The DLC placement is dependent on whether you have finished the game or not so I will split it into two sections to explain.

Never played the game before and/or have not finished the game

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For those that have never had the absolute pleasure of playing TLOU before and for those that have, you are in for one hell of an experience. In terms of the DLC, the answer is simple, you need to play it only after you finish the main game. The DLC does contain sections which function as a prequel so you might think playing it first would work, or playing it in the middle would, but without the full story in mind some of the DLC bits won’t make sense, and there might be some spoilers in there.

For those that finished the game but never played the DLC

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This is where things differ. For those who have finished the game already and are playing it for a second (or third or fourth) time, but have not played the DLC, I highly recommend you play the DLC leading up to winter. So as the one section ends and it becomes winter (you know the part), jump out and go play the DLC, then return to the main game.

The reason for this is simple. While the DLC does contain moments serving as a prequel, the way it is set out is that it actually takes place just before winter with flashbacks to the prequel moments. If you play it this way it will make sense chronologically and be the best way to experience it.

Definitely do not play it first before you play the full game again as you won’t remember certain things and you might miss out on references and the likes. Of course you can still play the full game first and then try the DLC, that works, but if you want to play it in order then this is the way to go.


I hope that assists anyone not quite sure which way to go about it. Please let’s keep the comments section spoiler free if there are any questions. If you want to discuss spoilers maybe sent us a ‘DM’ on Twitter or message on Facebook and we can discuss it there.

Other than that, enjoy the game and the DLC. I personally cannot wait to get back in to kill me some Clickers.

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