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Does The Last of Us Really Need a Sequel?

GR: So it looks like The Last of Us 2 is actually happening. Big shocker, I know. Earlier this year, Nathan Drake voice actor Nolan North said as much, and during a recent livestream event for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Naughty Dog writer Josh Scherr only added fuel to the fire.

So that got me to thinking, do we really need a sequel to Naughty Dog's unforgettable swan song for PlayStation 3?

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HaydenJameSmith1063d ago

No I don't think so, I think its better as a standalone story, it'd be like giving a sequel to Pulp Fiction or Inception. I think Naughty Dog are well capabel of making another compelling story in the world of Last of Us but why not just make another game with other character tackling different subject matter... Last of Us proved they can do that excellently.

xHeavYx1063d ago

I don't see why not. The first game had a very open ending. They could even have an Early Joel Years type of game.

freshslicepizza1062d ago

a successful game gets a sequel, we all know it was bound to happen. doesn't matter if it is needed or not, it will sell. you can burn jason, cut his head off, and he will still come back if there's an audience to see another.

c00lvilKid691063d ago

Maybe a separate, spin-off game existing in the same universe, but definitely not a direct sequel. Granted, The Last of Us had some good multiplayer mechanics that would be nice to revisit, but the single player experience would be ruined with a sequel.

ThatEnglishDude1063d ago (Edited 1063d ago )

No, it absolutely does NOT need a sequel. I'd go as far as to say that a sequel would potentially ruin how poignant the ending of the original was.

Hear me out before you hate.

The original game established two very well written characters and showed their plight and survival. It ended on a very somber note, but one that was intended by the writer. I can't help but feel a sequel to this would somehow cheapen the importance and significance of how meaningful that last "Okay" from Ellie really was. We don't NEED to see what happens next. We don't NEED to see another adventure with Ellie and Joel. I for one am sick of this constant desire for 100% closure on characters and stories. Why can't anything be open ended and up for interpretation, debate, or big shocker, your own imagination?! I remember when MGS4 came out, people were upset that we didn't physically see Solid Snake die, and for that reason justified the need for a sequel. It reminds me of the famous cut-to-black ending of "The Sopranos". Writer David Chase did the right thing in leaving it up for the viewers to discuss, and as a result, has been discussed for many years after the show ended. There's many movies that benefit from not having sequels. An above poster cited Pulp Fiction, great example! None of Quentin Tarantino's movies are sequels (Kill Bill was all shot as one movie) and yet we all wonder whatever happened to the characters in their respective movies. With each new movie, he often likes to make references, and in some cases use the same actors, and that's fine - but they're worlds apart from each other with each new film having it's own setting and style. I can appreciate that.

Of course, a lot of you are clamouring for a sequel that could potentially depict two new characters and a new storyline. That's certainly an option. However, there was just something very definitive about The Last of Us that attaching a "2" to the end of it would just seem to cheapen the first game somehow. The original will always be remembered as a masterpiece of videogame storytelling. A sequel runs an INCREDIBLE risk of not being at least AS good as the original. And even if it was good, which it would obviously be (it's Naughty Dog), there would always be those who feel disappointed. Yes, they could go back to the original, but my point is - why run the risk? Just let it stand proud and without any sequel. It's far more effective as a stand alone product.

Let me clarify something else too - I'm in no way suggesting Naughty Dog would make a bad game. Nothing could be farther from the truth. They'd make an excellent game. In fact, I can't think of a game of theirs I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. But even still, I'd rather see their efforts put into separate individual stories that span multiple universes and settings versus having to worry about will it live up to the hype.

Please Naughty Dog, don't cave. Move onto a new IP. Let The Last of Us age by itself and stand the test of time as being an incredibly fine example of videogame storytelling. Don't run the risk of it being "That amazing game The Last of Us.... and it's not AS good sequel"

The Last of Us is without question one of the most memorable experiences I've had with a videogame, please just leave it alone. No sequel, no spin-offs. Just move on. The folks at Naughty Dog are very smart and clever people, and I'd like to think they would agree with this.

Aloy-Boyfriend1063d ago

This is exactly why I also think it does not need a sequel. And if it ever gets one, it should feature completely new characters and setting, maybe years after Joel and Ellie's Story. I think TLOU has that potential. But still, I rather see them moving to something else and leave TLOU remain a true classic and standalone masterpiece

jonboi241063d ago (Edited 1063d ago )

I would actually like to see a continuation of Joel and Ellie's story. I want to see if Joel will ever pay the consequences of ripping the world of a chance of a cure. Although I believe the story is perfect left as is but the curiousity of wanting to know what happens after kills me sometimes.

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