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The Last of Us 2 an Honest Review(SPOILERS)

It’s been a 7 year wait but fans have finally got the chance to experience the sequel to the masterpiece of a game The Last of Us and opinions have been divisive to say the least. Critics and fans alike seem to be impressed with the gameplay, graphics and overall atmosphere of the game but the story and the fate of certain characters has many people upset. Some of the reason people give for being disappointed in the game are very valid, others…well not so much…As a huge fan of the first game I really wanted to go in depth and talk about why, although not a perfect game by any means, The Last of Us 2 is not the total shit show everyone is making it out to be.

I suppose I’ll start with the aspect of the game that most people were relatively happy with, that being the game-play, graphics and overall look and feel of the game. The graphics are top notch and a testament to the PS4’s capabilities and will only get nicer with the PS5 release of the game. The amount of small details Naughty Dog goes out of their way to include is amazing. The animations upon killing an enemy are just plain brutal and practically have you feeling the pain of it and the controls are basically the same great controls from the first game with a few updates to make things even more seamless. There are plenty of good things to be said about the game but most of the attention the game is getting is for things people don’t like about the game, so let’s get into that aspect now.

The story is where many feel the game fell short and I can certainly agree with that to some degree. The main plot point that is upsetting fans is the horribly brutal death of Joel, not only do a lot of people feel they shouldn’t have killed Joel but many also feel they didn’t have to kill him off in the way they did, many people feel they disrespected not only Joel but the fans that fell in love with him and Ellie from playing through the first game. I personally feel his death gave players a reason to play again, before that point in the game you have no clear goal, nothing really driving the story forward, I however don’t agree with how they killed Joel off, he should have gone out fighting as that was the Joel we all knew, a fighter and survivor but Naughty Dog chose to kill him off in a way that very much was disrespectful to the character. I can fully understand people being upset about this but I don’t agree that this ruined the story, not all good stories have happy endings and Joel’s fate doesn’t change the fact that this story was an emotional rollercoaster, it evoked real emotions from us, whether good or bad that is what a good story should do.

Another aspect of the story a lot of people hated was the ending, Ellie with revenge within her grasp, after everything she’s gone through and everyone she’s lost, just decides to let Abby live and walks away from it all. As much as I was looking forward to killing Abby after what she did to Joel, once you play through her part of the game and understand her side of things it’s pretty clear to see she isn’t the bad guy, sure everyone is upset she killed Joel, but if we hadn’t all played as him in the original game he would obviously have been the antagonist, it’s our attachment to Joel and Ellie that has blinded some people and made them miss the fact that this is actually an amazing story, you have two sides to the story, two people that start out motivated by revenge alone, as we play through their respective stories and watch them each lose one person after another because of their obsession with vengeance an ending where they both realize it will never stop unless they stop it makes total sense to me, they each learned that killing won’t bring anyone back and violence only begets violence. I also feel that Naughty Dog left room for another sequel, which I’m cautiously excited for already, maybe this isn’t the end to the story…and that fact gives this ending even more hope.

One other complaint people have about the game is that it’s too focused on LGBT stuff and that Naughty dog went overboard trying to make it an inclusive game, I don’t feel this is a valid complaint at all and therefor won’t be giving it much thought here, you want realism in your games? guess what? Gay people exist in the real world…get over it, there is one gay couple in the whole fucking game and if that bothers you for some reason then the problem lies with you not with the game…grow up or go play Fortnite…so in the end is it a perfect game? not in the slightest and it’s by no means as great as the original but it doesn’t deserve even a fraction of the hate that it’s getting…I’d give it a 7/10 which these days we’re lucky to get, most games that come out these days are incomplete and full of bugs, The Last of Us 2 was well worth the $60 price tag and honestly , you can’t say that about many games these days, so give it the credit it deserves at least.

5 Actors and Actresses That Deserve Our Attention

There are so many movies featuring so many different actors and actresses these days that some really great talent can get lost in the shuffle and just not get the credit they really deserve. I can’t count the amount of times I’m watching a movie or television show and my favorite character on it will be played by someone that isn’t super famous and hasn’t won a bunch of awards, then I see these same people in other movies or shows and they do it again and again and it leaves me baffled as to why more people don’t appreciate the charisma and personality these actors and actresses bring to the screen. Some people on this list will be known pretty well and others will only be known by a small group of fans, these are just my personal picks and by no means meant to be a definitive list.

Joe Gilgun

Joseph William Gilgun or Joe Gilgun was born on March 9, 1984 in Chorley, Lancanshire, England who got his first role at the age of 10 on the TV series Coronation Street where he would stay until the age of 13. Although he would still study theatre he would end up working as a plasterer for awhile before getting back into acting full time when cast as Eli Dingle in Emmerdale from 2006-2010 but the first role he would really shine in would be in the TV series Misfits where he played a character named Rudy who could make an exact copy of himself. although he would come into the series late he would quickly become the best thing about it. The next show he would truly shine in would be the AMC series Preacher where he plays the most likable vampire you’ve ever seen on screen and was once again the best part of the series. He is currently starring in the British comedy series Brassic and I for one hope to see lots more from him in the future.

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Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Christina Plaza was born on June 26, 1984 in Wilmington, Delaware and would begin her career performing improv with The Upright Citizens Brigade in 2004. She is best known for her roles on Parks and Recreation, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and the FX series Legion. Although she is pretty well known for her roles and she is a terrific actress it is her off screen personality that really makes her stand out, she makes awkwardness an artform and is one of the most enjoyable people to see interviewed as you never know what she might say next. I absolutely adore her and hope to see her in lots more in the future.

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Diane Guerrero

Diane Guerrero was born on July 21, 1986 and grew up In Boston where she remained after her entire family was deported to Colombia when she was 14 and she is an advocate for immigration reform. Probably best known for her role as Maritza Ramos on Orange Is The New Black but the role that I personally loved her in the most was as Crazy Jane in the TV series Doom Patrol. The show is a decent show regardless but her portrayal as a mentally ill woman with dozens of personalities, each with their own superpowers was leap and bounds above the rest of the cast and I feel she carried this show from mediocrity to something worth watching.

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Alfie Allen

Alfie Evan Allen was born on September 11, 1986 in Hammersmith, London, England and is best known for his role as Theon Greyjoy on the HBO series Game of Thrones and is little brother to pop singer Lily Allen who even wrote a song about him titled “Alfie”. Although he had lots of roles before Game of Thrones and he has lots of roles in the works right now it will always be his portrayal as Theon Greyjoy that proves what an amazing actor he really is. In my opinion it was one of the greatest performances in TV history where he took us along on a journey of horrific hardships, bad decisions and ultimately redemption, his storyline is what I’ll still remember about the show 10 years from now.

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Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson was born on August 9, 1983 is probably best known for her role on the TV series Blindspot and she has done a ton of voice acting but every time I hear her voice I will always think of the video game The Last of Us for which she voiced the character Ellie who was one of two main characters. This game and it’s storyline put most movies to shame and is perhaps the best game of all time in many people’s minds. To evoke emotion simply with your voice the way she does in this game is amazing and beyond talented. With The Last of Us 2 coming out next year I absolutely can’t wait for her to reprise her role as Ellie and to go on another epic adventure with the character.

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BLINDSPOT — Season: Pilot — Pictured: Ashley Johnson as Patterson — (Photo by: Sandro/NBC)

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