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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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loved the game even tho it felt pretty short
I thought the ending was great, and I actually didn't think that what Joel did was wrong. It's not exactly like he doomed everyone though, and many of the people left might not necessarily be worth the cure, if it would have worked anyways. I don't want to see a sequel with Joel and Ellie, and I'm perfectly happy with the way they crafted their story. Personally, I kind of see it possibly as a happy ending, and it was certainly better than either of them dying.
Regardless of how you felt about the ending, it'd probably ruin the Last of Us's impact if Naught Dog made a sequel for this. Come 5-6 yrs. from now, we'd only be talking about how The Last of Us 2 and 3 ruined its originality and emotional impact by just dragging Joel and Ellie's story out until they died. After all, how else can this possibly end? It's a very grounded world that they live in, so what could happen except one of them dying or just doing a lotta nothing for the rest of their lives? Best like Inception to just leave us with our own questions to fill in rather than some barrage of Last of US games that just drain our love for it.
They're all nerds who are losing / lost hair
Is there multiple endings? I'm assuming no, and if that's true I can't possibly understand why everyone is "hit so hard" by the ending. Its not nearly as horrible as expected although it was still a gripping masterpiece.
This is by far the best game of the last two years! I hope there will be a sequel allowing us to continue the hardships and relationship between Joel and Ellie. Great game.
I didn't find that Joel doomed humanity. Yes his actions were selfish, but was it ever a certainty that a vaccine could have been made? The fireflies promised a cure, but they were a desperate group full of desperate people with few resources available to them. Their "best surgeon" was 20 years out of practice and they expected him to extract the cure and turn it into a vaccine. I find that far fetched and an almost out of reach goal. I have beaten the game several times now and I initially had a different opinion on it all, but now I have interpreted the ending in this manner. Ellie is a constant in Joel's life, she is a sure thing. Had things been different for the fireflies, had they had enough resources things could have been different. Was Joel brutal? Yes he was, but are the fireflies a good organization? That is left up to interpretation. As for Ellie I know she would have wanted to become the cure at any cost, but if her life was in vain and a cure couldn't be manufactured would it be worth her life? I think Naughty Dog created a masterpiece because of the questions that accompany the ending and they leave it up to you to interpret it how you see fit.
There's still some story DLC on the way..
The Last Of Us = masterpiece!
I really enjoyed how the ending brings the beginning sequence around full circle.
A true masterpiece of storytelling, and a masterful deconstruction of the zombie apocalypse genre. The main theme of a lot of zombie games is "do whatever you can for the ones you care about, because they are all we have now". Joel's adherence to this cliche ultimately leads to the doom of mankind. It's such a freakin' cool twist!
I love this game and the story was amazing. I rarely get that invested in characters where I actually shouted "Ellie!" in a section near the end when a clicker sneaks up on her. I said that without thinking and afterward was a bit shocked at how immersed I was.
I have been playing games since the 2600 and this game is an absolute masterpiece of video gaming and something that I think all gamers should play.