The Last of Us is not only my favorite game ever, it’s my favorite story in any art form. I think that story is incredible from start to finish just because of how damn well the characterization is done. The transformation Joel and Ellie go through is amazing to watch.
That being said, I’m still torn on the idea of a sequel. The world they’ve created is so vast that they could easily tell another story in it without Joel and Ellie. And that would be the condition I would need for a sequel to work-no Joel and Ellie. Their story is done. It has the most perfect conclusion possible. It doesn’t need anything else.
But at the same time, that ending is so perfect that no sequel is needed at all and this is a game that can stand on its own as a true masterpiece.