Slight spoilers for the main game of The Last of Us to follow throughout the review.
Following the conclusion of autumn, Joel and Ellie have fought off a gang of thugs at the University of Eastern Colorado. During the struggle, Joel contracts a life threatening wound and Ellie is left to fend for herself in the hope of finding treatment for Joel. The opportunity to aid Joel’s recovery may be found in the local shopping centre. After Ellie secures Joel’s safety, she sets off in search and the ensuing locals forces Ellie to reminisce of a time roughly three weeks prior to the main game.
Elle finds herself reflecting on a time shared with her best friend, Riley. The last time Ellie saw Riley was well over a month before she left the military boarding school they both reside in. After a brief reunion and a small reconciliation for Riley’s leaving, Riley talks Ellie into visiting a local deserted shopping centre.