The Last of Us Ended Perfectly, And It Doesn't Need A Sequel

Kotaku - As the old saying goes, "Video games beget more video games." Successful video games beget sequels. And The Last of Us seems by any available measure to be a successful video game. That being said, I hope it doesn't get a sequel.

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wantedboys1971d ago

yes it ended Perfectly but we want a sequel

ArchangelMike1971d ago (Edited 1971d ago )

What a climax... I was very surprised by Joel. Anyone else? I was like "WTF Joel?!" It was awesome.

ND if you guys don't make a sequel to continue the story of Joel and Ellie... C'mon don't leave us hanging like that. Does Ellie ever find out??? You've got to tell us!!!

xPhearR3dx1970d ago

I agree. I really hope they make a sequel to this before another Uncharted game. I downloaded U3 off PS+ and so far I'm enjoying much more than 2, but The Last of Us was insane. I don't want to ruin anything, but the winter part alone was like "Holy shit!". That, and I really love violent mature games. Just started my Survival playthrough now.

HarryMasonHerpderp1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )


I thought the ending was genius.
I was like WTF Joel is actually the bad guy!?
when did I become the bad guy!
but you can see the reasoning behind his actions after the loss of his daughter and his journey with Ellie. You could see it in Ellie's eyes at the end that she knew he was lying to her, which is why she gave him that one chance to tell her the truth. Man I thought this game was so great.
Anyway we will get a sequel but I hope it focuses on different survivors, Joel ans Ellie's adventure ended perfectly.

ThatCanadianGuy5141970d ago


Yeah man.When he seen her on the operating table and said "Oh no, baby girl" It was a throwback to when he called his daughter baby girl, as he tucked her in bed that night.

Right in the feels man.Right in the feels.

abzdine1970d ago

The Last of Us 2 on PS4!!
this is one hell of an idea. One of the most stunning games i have ever seen... and Unchated 4 on PS4! OMG

minimur121970d ago

I want DLC on why bill is so fat 20 years after food has perished :D

but seriously, for a sequel I want a different story, differnet setting. Maybe where you get separated from your wife/kids/family. something like that.

Your family is on the other side of the quarentine and you need to get past. That would be epic.

Also, was the story changed dramatically?
In the easter egg in UC3 it says extremely clever girl; shes immune, not clever enough to cure it (if that was the plot at the time)?
And nothing was said of her intelligence in the game..... at all.

brodychet1970d ago

Could be a prequel though, the way Bill apparently owes Joel a very important favor but we don't know how.

And 20 years of possibilities before the journey with Ellie. And a regular Sequel with them apparently finding a good home at Tommy's.

So much Sequel/Prequel Room.

rpd1231970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

I thought it was pretty clear that Ellie already knows he was lying. She just doesn't care because Joel is the only person who has never left her. If they do make a sequel, they should make it about different characters in a different area of the world, because the ending doesn't need to be explained. There was a time when people drew their own conclusions, and didn't need to be told what happened. But they should do plenty of DLC for Joel and Ellie on this one.

The_Con-Sept1969d ago

Naw it won't be a properly named sequel. It will be named " By any means necessary" or something along this pretense for a title.

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Kalowest1970d ago

Sony patented TLOU 2 and 3 already, and Naughty Dog loves making trilogies, so I can see sequels being made.

christian hour1970d ago

Whenever a movie ends like this I pretty much know instantly all my friends will hate it, because theres too much to bite off in such a short time and rather than analyse and discuss it, they'll just throw it aside and say it ruined the movie, but the movie was still good... Hollywood blockbusters you have spoiled my friends :(

I was honestly afraid the same thing would happen with the last of us but I was pleasantly surprised. Every damn one of my friends got it, and understood it, but they all took something different from it which made it great for debate and "what-if's".

To me that is exactly what the perfect ending should do, not treat its audience like children and spell everything out for them but rather give them enough here and there to peice it all together and come up with your own conclusion to the characters stories after the "camera" stops rolling, or you reach the end of page.

No country for old Men comes to mind, a lot of friends loved that film but couldnt make head nor tails of the ending, or a couple of other things in the film. They thought they were watching a film about a ruthless killer with a cattle prod. Not a film about Retirement :)

So again, delighted that everyone received Naughty Dogs ending exactly as it was designed to be, art is subjective, and if you're ending is subjective then you are doing it right.

Agree with the author 100%, this game tied everything up perfectly, left enough open for our imaginations to run rampant and a solid cast of strong characters and a beautifully invisioned world that fan fiction writers will have decades of material to write.

As much as I feel this game does not need a sequel; a) because it was an actual ending that worked and b) because future sequels may ruin the original, I think its safe to say that the majority of us would still love a sequel... I have to say I'm torn. I want it left as is, but I want more... Even if it wasnt Ellie or Joel, I still want more stories in this universe.

Even if its just short stories, graphic novels, I just love the world and the infection, would love to see how other parts of the world fared when things went south, how did other governments handle the outbreak? This world is ripe with story potential. Once it stays light on the conspiracies and agencies at work in the world, and maintains a strong focus on characters, a sequel would be welcomed... but it wouldnt.. .AH! i am TORN! :(

minimur121970d ago

believe it or not, No Country for old men was actualy an inspiration for the game - pre concept!

christian hour1970d ago

Haha meant to say I chose No Countrys ending as a comparison as I heard it was inspiration and because the contrasting reactions my friends have had to both :P High-five minimur12! :D

xBigxBossx1970d ago

I want it to be bigger. I want an open word TLOU w/ full day and night cycle. Maybe even don't online similar to dead souls where other survivors can join your world. Aid you or kill you and take your gear

Veneno1969d ago

To make Last of Us open world would actually make it a worse game. Open world games have only one setting. The last of Us now has several locations which keeps things interesting.

ginsunuva1970d ago

No. Sequel would ruin the impact of the first game.

See GoW: Ascension, Kingdom Hearts, MGSV, etc.

All unnecessary stories that ruin their universes for the sake of more gameplay.

Maninja1970d ago

Are you serious? I understand what you mean when you say God of War: Ascension, but kingdom hearts and mgs both have tons of stories left to tell. MGSV seems to be the game that brings the whole story full circle, explaining how Big Boss becomes the villain we see in the metal gear games, and yes the Kingdom Hearts series did have some games that weren't necessary, but the stories they told were, and I was fine with that. Those series are terrible examples as they are both known for their superb story telling.

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nick3091970d ago

The game will probably have a sequel that will be featured in the same world of the last of us, but without ellie and joel.

ArchangelMike1970d ago

Yeah, but the Ellie and Joel story has so much that is unsaid, it's just begging for a sequel.

Wintersun6161970d ago

Naughty Dog have stated that if TLoU sequel was to happen, it would be a different story with new characters.

Veneno1969d ago

@archangel mike

People asking for a sequel to joel and ellies story didn't understand the story and what ND was trying to do. There is nothing else that needs to be said or explained. If you refuse to accept that, sorry but no offense, you don't understand complex and layered narrative. The ending gives the illusion of open endedness but the real story has already been told. It sucks that most just arent intelligent enough to grasp this.

ArchangelMike1969d ago (Edited 1969d ago )


The issue is not about "this" Ellie and Joel story. That story is told and is complete.

What fans are asking for is another story featuring Joel and Ellie. Maybe set 10 years in the future, where Ellie is now an adult, but Joel still trying (or not) to maintain the relationship that has built up between them. What happens if Ellie wants to remain with Joel / or if Ellie wants to go her own way and Joel wants her to remain?

That is what I mean, there is so much character depth between them that their relationship can still be taken deeper. It doesn't mean that "this" story has to continue, a new story and development is what we're asking for.

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sway_z1970d ago


...Speak for ya'self!! ...I wanna see a sequel on PS4 for sure....different characters...maybe, but a sequel is a must.

This is one hell of a game!!!!

GAMExxOVER1970d ago

It is about the profit, a game with that high a rating will get a sequel, hell, this will probably be one of those games that gets a new release year after year until it stops being profitable. That is just how the industry works. Why wall up a gold mine with plenty of gold left to be had.

sway_z1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

Except Naughty Dog don't work that way...otherwise we'd be on Uncharted 5 by now....

Please don't confuse Naughty Dog with MS Studios...thanks!

DoomeDx1970d ago

This is ND were talking about. They didnt do yearly releases with Uncharted either.

They have an image of quality. They dont want to lose that image

HarryMasonHerpderp1970d ago

Very true.
I also think they just get burned out on doing the same series which is why Sony let them move on to different projects. They could of easily carried on with Crash and Jak & Daxter for many years but then we would never of had Uncharted or The Last Of Us.

GentlemenRUs1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

Uncharted was a true Trilogy! It ended on the 3rd one and that was the perfect ending.

And there was Halo... Supposed to end on the 3rd game but Microsoft got greedy... This is why Halo lost its charm, The only real good game now is the first one.

Also, Never say anything bad about Halo or people will go nuts!

sway_z1970d ago

With respect fellow gamer, and this is in no way directed at you...but if I want to say anything I find negative about any game, on any platform I will...including when I thought Halo Reach was complete crap!!

I don't give a Rats tutu about upsetting some silly fan boy who's life revolves around polygons and pixels.

Agree 100% MS milked Halo in a ridiculous way....

Septic1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )


Leave the fanboy nonsense out of it. Clearly you've never been interested in Halo.

Halo is a force of its own and the countless number of failed Halo beaters are a testament to that fact.

Us Halo fans, who actually understand the universe want more. The Halo lore is incredible with a one billion year timeline. My friend who only just recently played Halo Anniversary and Halo 5 only absolutely loves the story and read the book Cryptum, which he thought was amazing.

How did MS milk Halo in a ridiculous way? The reviews for the games speak for themselves. Or are you going down the typical N4G fanboy route and say that all reviewers were paid off? Its just sour grapes for those who can't swallow the fact that their beloved console of choice hasn't come close to providing a Halo beater of it's own.

grimmweisse1970d ago

Played Halo 1 - 3, borrowed them from a friend. Found the series to be meh. But that's just my opinion and don't really hate on the series.

One billion year timeline is all and well, but I feel that's a copout so they can keep making the games. Although I never read the novels, if the lore is as strong as many say it is then I feel there is no reason to stop making the series, as it clearly sells very well.

Although the same cannot be said for other series, which are just yearly updates and cash cows.

Maninja1970d ago

@Septic I read all the books, including Silentium, and played all the games. I loved the story and still do, but the multiplayer in Halo 4 felt lacking, and stopped me from going back to play the game. And they are absolutely milking the series. Halo 2 came out in 2004, with 3 releasing three years later. I honestly thought Halo 3 was a huge improvement over 2. Now Halo 4 came out 5 years after 3, with Halo 5, or whatever it'll be called, coming out 2 years later. This indicates that 343 is spending less time developing the game just so M$ can release it sooner. That and the fact that I will probably never get an Xbox One means that I have to say goodbye to my second favorite series (kingdom hearts will always be first). It's all because of Microsofts greed.

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fattyuk1970d ago


It's game over for you!! It's naughty dog we're talking about here.

After reading your comment it's quite obvious you actually don't know shit.

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