Apologies for potential repetition of my watchtthrough, and I'm open to a 'shut the fuck up' if this annoys anyone by spamming.
We get off on the wrong foot because the only application big enough to make room for this game is FF7 remake. Oh well.
Honestly, it's more engaging than I expected. The acting overall is excellent, and the gameplay is engaging so far.Joel and Tommy's performances are amazing in that opening scene.
I remember the main story beats, but I don't remember the solution to any puzzles or anything. (except to break the window of Eugenes). Not the most secure hidey hole.
But we've yet to meet any human enemies, which is where my suspension of disbelief usually starts to crack. Gameplay is surprisingly easy. I'm still dying, but partly that's because I had to get over my impulse to literally die rather than expend ammunition. That said, we're still in the warmup. The first of many 'we went two yards off our scheduled patrol route, here is a large nest of infected we somehow never noticed before.'
Owen could not look more like a serial killer if he was trying. 'Hey ex, want to wander off with me alone without informing the rest of our party in hostile countryside for reasons I refuse to explain. Also I'm just going to leave you here alone on this cliff, person afraid of heights'
The premise is undeniably pretty flimsy, with the randomly spawning mob of infected being exactly where it needs to be to force Joel and Tommy into the one possible position where they would be vulnerable, because Owen fucked off and left Abby alone with one gun and a brick so she got lost and bumped into them randomly. Also Ellie finding them so easily, although it probably helps that they lit the fire in the ski lodge. No plume of smoke when Ellie was watching through binoculars earlier.
And that they were wearing jackets with branded logos.
I still can't quite buy Dina being on board with going on this crazy revenge mission. Tommy and Ellie, sure, but it doesn't seem to fit her character and it doesn't seem like she could possibly be that close to Ellie yet. They're still at the 'teenager crush' stage, the 'suicidal vengeance quest' stage of a relationship is a bit later usually .
We get a lot of snippets about Dina while wandering the ruins. She wasn't born in a QZ, she lived in New Mexico with her Mom and sister, under the thumb of a gang called the Ravens. She also went to synagogue somehow. And wants to live on a farm, but doesn't sound like she's lived on one before. Has been in Jackson longer than Ellie, possibly not by much. Regarded Jackson a big town on arriving, (it has what, a thousand people?) so where she was was smaller. I'm trying to make her characterisation fit together, I'm not sure it does.
Oddly no option to close the Torah cabinet, so we just left it exposed to the elements. They're weirdly calm and relaxed, almost doing tourism , talking about watching for lookouts but not really acting like concerned people. It's fun and relaxing, but also odd.
Sightseer trophy helpfully lets me know I've explored everything relevant, and on to the gate.