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OK I have had a day to think about this game, and it is fair to say it is one of the darkest games you can play, It is a story of revenge, and how ultimately it destroy's you and those around you.
The beginning and end were powerful scenes, putting the whole thing into perspective, Joels' death itself an act of revenge, was as sad as it was pointless, the cycle continuing as Ellie becomes consumed by the darkest sides of human nature.
I might as well add some gameplay thoughts. Naughty dog have definitely improved the enemy AI. enemies now will try and flank you, and once discovered will overwhelm you with bodies or firepower, so stealth becomes even more important, luckily there is plenty of long grass and foliage for you to hide in (which looks very impressive I might add) you can also crawl laying down, and still able to shoot.
One new enemy we are forced to take on are dogs, who will actively sniff out your position, and the importance of taking them out early is soon realised. Clickers are even more detailed, and their movement is appropriately awkward, making a head shot difficult. the Sound in this game has also seen an upgrade, and adds hugely to the tension, especially around Clickers.
There are two new enemies, Shufflers, which are basically Bloaters with bad breath, that will dissolve your body, I didn't find them as bad as they sound.as they are generally slow moving, and easier to kill than the Bloaters from the original. One new enemy were some sneaky sons of biatches, that would scamper around hiding behind furniture, popping their head out momentarily waiting for an opportunity to rush you. and once one grabs you, the others follow. I actually thought they were cool, but caused me all sorts of problems, even if they are not that hard to kill individually.
There is a huge beast you meet in the Hospital, this thing takes some killing, and I found him to be overkill. all the other ememies made sense in the way they might evolve, this thing just seemed a bit random. So I was glad when I finally killed it.
The weapons have not changed too much, most will be familiar, although the ability to craft ammo and explosive arrows is a nice touch.
I would have enjoyed this game more If the storyline had been more positive like the first. but this was more dark and angry, and I really didn't want to play as Joels killer, or fight Ellie. So this game forced you to face uncomfortable feelings, it certainly wasn't the game I was expecting or wanted. but it did it's job, and I'm sure there will be plenty who will enjoy the dichotomy pf playing as Abbey.
Those are my thoughts, Anyone wanting to add their's, feel free
This is a place anyone who has played it can post their thoughts about the story and gameplay. This is just me kicking it off with a few thoughts of the story and maybe the start of a bigger conversation about the game in general.
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