The Last of Us: Left Behind, a prequel to the hit game The Last of Us, uses flashbacks brilliantly to relate the story of two teen girls on a trip to the mall. Of course, that mall is ransacked and abandoned, and the girls have little frame of reference for understanding the remains, but that does not get in the way of two kids having fun. Throughout the ruins, the pair explores bygone scenes of American culture, like Halloween costume stores, arcades and photo booths.
Left Behind requires the original The Last of Us game to download and play.
RATING: M for Mature
PLOT: Teen girls and little shops of horrors.
DETAILS: PlayStation 3, $14.99
BOTTOM LINE: A forward-thinking use of flashbacks.