Pixel Crashers contributor and self affirmed TLOU super-fan Mike tells us why The Last Of Us is still his favourite game of all time, and why he's so nervous about the follow up to this global Naughty Dog hit.
I have trust in ND. Will Part 2 match or exceed 1? Maybe. Uncharted could have ended without a sequel, but UC2 turned out to be a huge hit, even turned me and some friends to game on PS3 when COD and Xbox LIve was our primary place. So, I wouldn't be nervous. If anything, I wouldn't put so much hype into it so that when the game releases, I can sit back and enjoy the game without so many expectations.
I agree there's no need to have so huge expectations. The way I see it is ND felt Part II is needed and will bring a new perspective on the first game (and different gameplay mechanics) . Let them deliver what they do best with their own visions. Also I think it would be silly to expect the same level of exposition. The background and characters were introduced wonderfully in Part I. Can't do that twice Edit. I mean I don't really have expectation but rather certainties that ND will deliver a game I will love playing and that will make me think about long after I reach the ending. I don't feel the need to compare with Part I. It's more great stuff, not a competition.
Interesting point of view. The first game had a slow growth of the characters over the course of the entire game, which led to a simple, and understated ending. It'll be interesting to see if they can match that same level of story telling and emotion with already established characters we already care about and have expectations of. Ellie in this game is obviously older, and as such, her story is going to be different, yet Joel's story was pretty much wrapped up with his eventual redemption, so how do you build on that without just having some sort of cliched father figure doing something expected due to whatever circumstances the game puts the characters in.
@tainslacker Yes like you said things will be different with Ellie. Not only she's older (and so is Joel) but the game is from her perspective while part I was from Joel s perspective even if a few bits were from ellie s. I do hope we get a better understanding (or a not too neutral take from ND) and no doubt an interesting take on Joel too from her point of view as she goes 'bad' like about everything in that world (no 'redemption' but more like something more brutal?) I think the 'bad' guys will be more fleshed out with an even blurred line between good and evil. It's still not clear what part the actress from Westworld will play but I hope we get to play from her point of view too. Of course playing as Joel is still on the table too :)
TLOU was so good, naturally people wonder if they can reproduce that feeling. I'm not worried, as it is just a waste of time worrying about something like this. Also, what made it so contentous was the ending which is still a matter of debate. The problem with a TLOU is that it is so well done, that just about everything else pales in comparison. It leaves you wanting more from other studios.
Considering their work on the uncharted series, I'm pretty sure it's in safe hands, I've never played a bad uncharted game.
What? Naughty Dog sequels are always vastly superior than the original title
Except Jak 2 which was very divisive, but other than that every other has been vastly superior like you said. ND has earned the trust!
Jak 2 is still my FAVOURITE ND game of all time. ^_^
Jak II offered a whole game experience that is completely revamped for the better, but just about everything else, be it technical, length, gameplay or story wise, was as well.
The same can be said about lots of game series and their first sequel but not necessarily the 3rd game and beyond though. Gears 2, Uncharted 2, Syphon Filter 2, Tomb Raider 2, Crash Bandicoot 2, Jak 2, Onimusha 2, Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 2, lol scratch that last one and just leave the first game as the only one that needed to exist.
There's definitely a case for leaving the game alone as a standalone hard hitting masterpiece and I honestly would have been fine with that. However, a sequal is coming and I'm still very excited for it. ND haven't let me down since I properly got into their games with the Jak and Daxter series. If one really feels it should be a one and done, they can always not play the 2nd, but they'd probably be missing out on what is sure to be another gripping adventure.
Developing games was difficult back then but littile details and almost any movie, cartoon or anime have its own games in different shapes and contents ( portable and console ) games now more series to develop and require much effort thats why now almost no game is left as standalone. Its hard to get attention and create big fans by just releasing single new IP.
I'm more nervous of the FLCL sequels. ND knows what they're doing.
Naughty Dogs will kill it, theyve always done good in my book
Considering the first thing they said was that they wouldn't have made the sequel unless they were 100% sure it was the right story to follow the first. So I'm pretty sure they are fine.
Yes, exactly, the author clearly missed that part right after the reveal when Neil said at a panel exactly what you said.
No. I'd like to see their vision when designed for more capable hardware from the ground-up.
Yea so uh why the disagrees?
I think two glorious chapters is perfect for TLoU. Sure, they could leave it alone, but I want a sequel, and so do many others. Besides, it's going to happen, so I really don't see the point of these articles anymore.
You know, you can always not play the Last of Us: Part II, if you think that it would ruin the whole series for you. It's an option, it's not forcing you to play the sequel of the game.
To me, while they could ruin the characters in the sequel, that wouldn't actually ruin what they created, or the characters, that they had in the first game. Unless they go back and do some stupid retconning to try and make things work with the new game....but even then, I can always just ignore it.
Regardless if part 2 is even half as good as the masterpiece 1 was then it will still be good.
Half as good would still be better than the vast majority of games.
Who do you think they are? Jerry Seinfeld? Actually NaughtyDog might have a similar mindset. I think if ND thinks/wants to make the sequel(and they are comfortable with the quality of it)...then they should. They know what they are doing, no?
Most overrated game ever... said no one ever. :D
Wish they'd left it as a standalone tbh
Why? They did a standalone, it was called Left Behind ^_^
I do kinda wish they would have told a different story in the same universe, but I am really excited to see what they will do with the sequel.
If TLOU part II is being made by any developer other than ND maybe i would have doubts, but since it is being developed by the Naughty Gods i have absolutely no doubts, what so ever, that it's going to be yet another timeless masterpiece.
Ya, it makes total sense for a company to give up on a product line that was a monstrous success. /sarcasm
I agree with the sentiment that a sequel is risky. On the other hand, I trust ND to take the series in an interesting direction. I don't think they'd be doing a sequel unless they wanted to do something with it.
To me, The Last of Us is the best & most emotional video game I've ever had the pleasure of playing. Now, does it need a sequel? No. It could never have a "Part 2" and the game would always remain of the greatest of all time. But knowing how Neil and Troy both expressed that nobody loves these characters more than them, and that they themselves have the same worries that us gamers do, with jumping back into this world, with Joel & Ellie, who mean so much to so many people, it's risky. But as they've said "Have faith in us" and that I do. This isn't just any game studio, this is Naughty Dog. They Love & Respect the characters they create, and so do the actors who bring them to life Troy ( Joel ) Ashley ( Ellie ) when they spoke at PSX last December you could see how genuinely honored they were to be apart of Part 2. i have faith they'll deliver a story that is a worthy sequel to the masterpiece of the original game.
Snatcher on Sega CD was my most emotional trip in Video Games.
Really? That's cool. What's that game about?
well you have to play it cause the plot doesn't scream emotional but it was the tie to the charcters. It's about a Task Force designed to stop rogue robots. It was one of Hideo Kojimas first games and is a top 3 game of all time to me.
Hmmm, sounds interesting. I'll look into checking that game out. What are your other top 2 games of all time? I'm genuinely curious.
People are talking like it is EA that are making TLOU Part II lol. Then I would be worried.
Lol, I know. EA or Ubisoft. This is Naughty Dog, who're "in my opinion" masters of their craft, on many different fronts.
I have faith, and will give them the benefit of the doubt. If it ends up my faith was misplaced, and they ruin it all in the end, then I will criticize then, and adjust that faith when looking at their future releases....although I do know they have high standards to live up to in this case, and you can't strike gold every single time, so they'd really have to screw things up for me to change my view of ND releases as a whole.
Yeah, well said. Naughty Dog struck gold with U2/TLoU/U4 "in my opinion" but I will say, as I've said before, in other articles, U3 is my least fav Uncharted game & least fav ND game. That's where ND ( as I'm sure your aware ) split into 2 teams, working on 2 different games ( Amy Hennig/U3 & Neil & Bruce/TLoU. I personally felt Amy working on U3 as a solo writer ( with the exception of Josh helping her, from what one guy told me on here last year or the year before, just didn't benefit the game. Either way, if they failed to deliver on Part 2, I'd be shocked & devasted. But, I trust they know what they're doing. We shall see.
Resident evil 1,mgs1,xcom and Mario 64 probably round out my top 5. Shadowrun on genesis,goldeneye on n64 , socom 2 on ps2 are also some favorites
I'm pleasantly surprised by your list. Very cool list!
I'm confident the story is going to be great. I see it as possibly a sort of descent into darkness for the characters. My main questions are about the gameplay and I think it might be different and more unchartesque.
Saying The Last of Us shouldn't have a continuation of it's story is like saying The Walking Dead shouldn't have had further series after the first. There were massive implications at the end of the first game and this game has a world, with more than just a few people living in it. If Naughty Dog feel that there are stories they want to tell in this game's world they've earned the right to tell them.
People have stupid concerns.
The author needs to watch this. https://www.youtube.com/wat... Its a panel by Naughty Dog that LITERALLY took place right after the TLOU Part II reveal which was the end of the PSX conference. ND already gave their thoughts on how they think people feel about the ending of the first game and how they are going to do justice to it and its characters. I think I have to say this since the author never even mentioned it in the article so I have to assume they didn't even know about this totally related news. Its great to hear your concerns but it makes no sense when you don't even acknowledge the fact that those concerns have been already been quashed by the makers and right away too.
NO they shouldn't quit they will deliver.! IN NAUGHTY DOG I TRUST !
im don't we should be worrying about ND, its the Zombie genre fatigue we should be worry
Did they quit after Uncharted: Drake's Fortune? NO... instead they went on to make Uncharted 2, 3 and 4... three of the greatest games ever made. There's your answer.
Also, why are the people writing these silly articles acting as if this is the third, fourth, or fifth game? This is the second game. This is Naughty Dog's story. They obviously aren't finished telling it. People also seem to want another game, and they seem very enthusiastic. If you're one of those people who thinks a sequel can only tarnish the first game, there's a simple solution. Don't buy it.
should star wars '77 quit while it's ahead? we wouldn't have had Empire.
"Should The Last Of Us Quit While It’s Ahead?" YUP!
ND knows what theyre doing.. I have 100% faith in them to deliver
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