The Last of Us, a survival-horror/action-adventure game from Naughty Dog, has met wild success rates including units sold and emotional imprint left on gamers everywhere. It has won a number of awards including ten awards out of twenty-four possible at the DICE Awards show, not the least of which was Game of the Year. Personally, it was the most impactful game I had played in the year, and I would have to rate it my GotY as well. So, with the game being so incredibly well-received, should it get a sequel?
The question is a bit more difficult than it seems. Massively successful games are assumed to have continuations of some sort, and typically the stories of them are spread out in a variety of ways including novels and comic books at the least. But an actual sequel in the form of another video game is held in such a high, suspenseful regard, that sometimes it can be impossible to meet the expectations of those awaiting the next iteration. I really want to emphasize the word sometimes though.
The odds of anything being so hyped up to become poorly received are few and far between. The movie Avatar by James Cameron was said to be over-enthused by many, but even with that fact, the numbers can’t be denied. It was extremely successful. The same thing occurs in the video game industry all the time. Think about Blizzard in particular in regards to the Starcraft and Diablo franchises. Not too long ago we seen sequels coming out for those titles and it was an anxious awaiting for major fans (rightfully so, there was a 12 year gap between both games and their sequels), but even if the games didn’t come in the perfect, flawless packages that were mentally envisioned, they are still damn good games. Again, simply look at the numbers. People don’t play games that they don’t like to (well normal people anyway).
Obviously you can see that I’m leaning a certain direction on this one. I do think that The Last of Us should have a sequel. There is a very interesting world to learn more about and characters that are unforgettable who would be welcome back on my screen. I don’t think that it is ridiculous to imagine a cultural hit that spreads out to multiple forms and is applauded by media consumers everywhere. Look at the success of the Walking Dead and make a couple of comparisons; the potential is there. Worst case scenario: They make a few fanboys very, very happy. Is that really such a bad thing?