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The Last of Us turned out to be one of this generation's finest video games. The intense gameplay couples with the grounded, believable characters to deliver an impacting post-apocalyptic adventure from beginning to end. The conclusion, specifically, is something we at the Game Informer office have been itching to discuss, and we had our first opportunity on camera for this episode of Spoiled.
I'm joined by Matt Helgeson, who reviewed the game, and Joe Juba, who snagged the review build immediately after him. We discuss the ending of The Last of Us, twists throughout the story, and what it means for the video game industry.
Check out a video preview of The Last of Us and more discussion about the game in this episode of Test Chamber.
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I have been waiting to see a spoiled on this for a week now. Once I finished this game I stared at the game's menu screen for like 20 minutes just contemplating the ending and the whole game. I loved this ending because if someone was to hypothetically propose a situation such as the games ending I would say that I would let my loved one go for the greater good. Yet as I was fighting through the hospital all I wanted to do was to save Ellie. I found that very shocking after I finished the game but that is what made the ending so great and unique.
Great game! I love Reiner and Dan sneaking by in the video.
best insight: www.youtube.com/watch
great game and fantastic story. I disagree with helgeson's view of ellie being willing to sacrifice herself. surely marlene would have mentioned it to joel at the garage scene and would have been mentioned in marlene's recorder or journal. I think that is part of the ambiguity that makes the ending great; would ellie have sacrificed herself? and does anyone believe the fireflies would really help humanity or be selfish? marlene's journal tells me they would have used it as power.
Just beat the game yesterday and loved every minute of it, Game of The Year.
I loved the ending because what everything Joel went through I understand why he doesn't care for saving humanity I mean they are all *** up and things cant just go back to normal for people who had to survive in this world, towards the end there Joel only cares about one thing and that is Ellie so to him they where going to kill his daughter for a vaccine that might work and if it did work who said there not going to use it for profit as for Ellie she might find out that he was lying but she isn't going to just hate him or leave him they have been through so much together and she understands that Joel needs her, anyways what a great game.
Great. I was hoping you guys would do a Spoiled on The Last of Us. Was anyone else reminded of No Country for Old Men during the game's final moments outside of Jackson? After all of the struggle and chaos and bloodshed both the game and film end on a very quiet, poetic note. At first I was a little upset by the game's ending, but just like the film, I than realized how brilliant those last moments really were. Overall, I'd rank this game as my second favorite Naughty Dog title. In a pinch, I'd still give Jak II the top spot.
I feel that Joel wasn't meant to be the hero. He was a survivor. Mistakes are made; he's not perfect. The ending fits this perfectly.
Gets my vote for game of the year
The ending is a bit polarizing for me, because at once I firmly believe that essentially dooming mankind is one of the ultimate acts of selfishness - but at the same time, I can definitely understand why Joel did what he did. And, well, who's to say I wouldn't do something similar if I'd been entrenched in an environment like that for so long. Regardless, the ending is still amazing, as is the game. GOTY for sure.
I agree that there should be no sequel because Joel and Ellie's story has come to an end. I would love to play as different characters taking place before or during the outbreak though. The Last of Us universe has tons of potential for that.
I think I would have done the same thing in Joel's place.