There are some who see Joel's endgame actions as selfish and ignorant. Would The Last of Us be more effective with a different ending?
Any game/movie/story could be better with a different ending. Yet, we were given the ending that the creators (Naughty Dog) felt was the correct one. Personally, I wouldn't want the ending to change and honestly don't blame Joel for anything he did throughout the entire game. Ellie became his daughter throughout their journey. He cares for her. He doesn't want her to get hurt. He couldn't protect his daughter, so he will protect Ellie. He doesn't want to be alone. - There are a ton of reasons as to why Joel was justifiable in every action he took at the end of The Last of Us. It was as good as it could have been.
Same here , im tired of the usual sad ending in movies & games, heck joel and ellie might comeback as support leads or something but i wish they will be the lead again.
@IGW_Fobia Summed up my thoughts perfectly. There's always room for improvement, but I appreciate Naughty Dog's vision. To me, they gave the best possible ending and I would not want that to change. [MID-GAME SPOILER ALERT] To be honest though, I would have been curious to see an alternate cutscene for Henry getting bitten instead of Sam.
***SPOILERS*** TLoU Definately should not have a different ending. The impact of Joel's actions in the last few moments of the game were emotionally powerful because we were all expecting the 'hollywood hero' ending. (Poor Marlene, who didn't feel for her in That moment. WTF Joel!?!) But Naughty Dog prove their story telling mastery by bucking the hollywood trend, not just to be sensationalist, but because that is how Joel has developed through the course of the story. After Ellie saves Joel's life, Joel among a host of other reasons, cannot now bring himself to sacrifice his daughter... I mean Ellie. Mankind be damned. Perfect ending.
SPOILER Agree, after seeing his daughter die and going through that trauma he kind of adopted Ellie as his new daughter and he wasn't willing to go through it again to loose someone he has strong feelings towards. He certainly isn't a hero and gets his hands dirty if needed and I can relate with his choice. I had no remorse shooting the doctor that tried to remove the mutation from her that would have killed her.
Maybe, maybe not. However, the game IS a masterpiece and that's the kind of thing you don't mess with. Don't fix what isn't broken.
The ending was the thing I loved MOST about The Last of Us.
They should of let us choose our own ending.
Maybe, we will never know
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