Ellie can swim now! I’ll just leave this here to avoid anyone accidentally previewing something they didn’t want to see.
So wow, what a fucking ordeal or experience or journey that was. I seriously thought the game was ending when Ellie sat on the tractor with the baby and watched sunset. And before that, I thought the game was almost over when I had to head to the island as Abbey to help find Lev. And then when the game did end, I thought for sure there’d be one final scene where they show Ellie heading back to Jackson, instead of leaving it open-ended.
Game was much longer than I thought it would be. It felt like they kept tacking new areas at the end. Not sure what could really be cut out but at some point I was just anxious to see how it all ended. I didn’t want to keep killing random Scars or Wolves or Rattlers. Just wanted to know how the story ended.
Overall I think I enjoyed the experience, difficult as it was at times. Enjoyed isn’t really the right word though. Maybe I appreciated the experience works better. Hard to say I enjoyed it when there were multiple times I wanted to scream at Ellie to NOT do that, to stop right there. To say Joel wouldn’t have wanted this. And the awful sheer brutality of it. I didn’t think that TLOU needed a sequel at all but I appreciate that they gave it one nonetheless. TLOU is one of my favorite games of all time, heavily influenced by the fact I had a 2yo girl at the time, with another just a few months out at the time I finished it.
I have a lot more thoughts on it but I want to see what everyone else thought as they finish it as well. So I’ll leave off here. Wow.
PS - thought it was funny that I just searched my post history to see my posts on the first one and came across this gem, which relates perfectly to Scott’s TLOU2 thread ->
One extremely minor nitpick - why didn’t Joel try and teach Ellie how to swim at some point? Seems like it would have been quite a handy survival skill for a cross country trek. I guess he wasn’t expecting it take quite as long as it did but still…would have helped!