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Victory Fanfare: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of THE LAST OF US

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Hello all, I’m back with a new edition of Victory Fanfare. This time around I wanna talk a little bit about The Last of Us.

The Good:
The Last of Us begins strong. Upon starting, the introduction to Joel and his daughter, Sarah, piques my interest in their relationship. They have a sweet back and forth before Sarah heads off to bed, then the game really begins. After seeing some commotion on TV, Sarah heads downstairs to find her father. After realizing he’s not there, and something terrible is going on, she gets a bit worried. Then comes in Joel, panicked with only one thing on his mind: Getting Sarah and himself somewhere safe. Now, as usual I’m going to stop here as to not spoil anything for you if you haven’t played it yet, but know it’s one of the most exciting intros to a game I’ve seen in a while. The entire game looks amazing, and for the most part plays out amazingly as well. It’s challenging, entertaining, and pretty damn action packed when it has to be. With all that said, this game isn’t without it’s faults, so let’s move on.

The Bad:
At points I felt like the actions I would perform were not going through. The game is very responsive, and most deaths were my fault, but at points I’d be doing what I needed to be doing and it wouldn’t respond correctly at all. That one is on you, game. Sometimes these things worked to my advantage. On a couple of occasions, a clicker just glitched out and got stuck on invisible walls, funny but definitely took me out of the moment and made me giggle. Other than that, it was a solid, mostly responsive, challenging playthrough.

The Ugly:
Look, no game is perfect. As much as I liked this game it just drives me nuts when people talked to me about this game, like it’s Beyoncé flawless. It’s awesome, it really is! It’s just not flawless, like any other game out there. I’m sure someone out there will be upset about this, but it’s the truth, even my favorite game Earthbound isn’t flawless. That’s perfectly fine too. Let’s just all be honest about it.

Whatever though, right? It’s amazing, and very nice to look at. The minor issues I had with it are just that, minor. It’s not a big deal. It’s totally fine to play a game and find issues with it. The story was very entertaining and did suck me in, and it’s overall a great game that is definitely going to become a classic. To me, a person who mostly plays retro games, it’s amazing to see the leaps video games have made, no longer is it “you’re a big strong man, you kill everything!” Now it’s more even, and for the most part your fault when you die.


Victory Fanfare” is a monthly game review effort to go through Johnny Ketchum’s game collection and play them all. Once the game is complete Johnny takes all of his random thoughts and breaks it down to the good, bad, and ugly.

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Johnny Ketchum

Johnny Ketchum

Writer and content creator from Denver Colorado, mostly knowledgable in the realm of retro video games he also creates music and music mixes.