Took me a few weeks, I've been busy and... survival horror is not my thing so I can only handle so much terror and stress at once. Whether it was from clickers or the hunters. A lot of zombie movie cliches, yet also... some of the best writing and moments, and many emotional highs and lows. This had better win game of the year. Its not my favorite game, as I don't like survival horror so I still prefer Uncharted more, but Naughty Dog has definitely hit new heights with this game, and another compelling reason to play a PS3. So much beautiful scenery and the music is very good too. I remember when I first heard the main theme, when it was being performed at the Spike Video Game Awards Show a year ago (or maybe it was two), so haunting, melancholic yet... still some passion. Which pretty much fits Joel perfectly. Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler My favorite happy moment was probably when Joel met up with his brother Tommy after traveling halfway across the country, and how they're both pretty civil, despite parting on bad terms, but considering the condition of the world, fighting family is the last thing anyone should do. As well as seeing a town pull itself together and surviving in this world without a military dictatorship. The giraffes was a really... innocent moment, after the horrors of Winter. Sam and Henry's deaths were predictable but still really sad, but ouch, Ellie taking on all those hunters was probably some of the toughest parts of the game, and really shows how tough Ellie has become. And I didn't realize until I was watching the credits, but huh, Nolan North (aka Nathan Drake) voiced David, who was probably the... most twisted character in the game, and that's saying something considering the endless gangs of hunters and bandits. I'm not good with voices, but yeah, at first David seems like he might be civil, then we see one of their food sources, not to mention the final boss battle with him. Joel was really a complex character. He's ruthless, very ruthless and by the standards of this world, almost unstoppable when he wants to be. About the ending... a generic "find the cure from Ellie's blood" would have been a happy ending, but the ending we got says a lot about Joel's character. We had already seen he will do anything to protect Ellie, such as his interrogations (torture and then kill them). I can understand why Joel did what he did at the end, take out as many Fireflies as he could and run for it, and given their conditions, even if they had dissected Ellie there's no guarantee they could have found a cure or even vaccine. Still, Joel basically chose the girl over the world and... its understandable. Killing Ellie would have been a pretty dark ending too, but as the whole game shows, the old ethics are gone due to necessity. If we ever get more story DLC, it'll be interesting to see if Joel's lines catch up to him (Joel didn't kill every single Firefly, and Tommy was a former one and Ellie isn't stupid either). My favorite character was probably Bill- grumpy, but very tough and I'm just glad he didn't die at the end of his segment. Usually everyone but the main characters die in these sort of stories (Tess, Marlene, Sam, Henry, etc.). Also glad they avoided the cliche of revealing the military or an early Firefly group created the plague. Clickers and bloaters are scary looking, but seeing all those spores growing on the walls and ceilings was also creepy. And while normally its not possible to fight clickers in melee, there is a capsule upgrade that lets you use shivs against them, I think. Never really invested in that one as shotgun is my favorite anti-infected weapon.