There’s a boss fight in a burning ski-resort restaurant that is pretty intense and starts out as a great cat-and-mouse but in my opinion can get tedious towards the end –“Can I just kill this guy and get going again? Please?”– but the rest of the combat action is great. The crafting part is a bit limiting: it seems you can only carry three of any one type of thing at a time, which doesn’t make sense. Only three pieces of broken scissors before you reach “peak broken scissors”? But you do have to choose how to use your components carefully since the same components are used to make multiple different items, so you have to choose between using your alcohol to either make a molotov cocktail or a first aid kit. Once you make one, you can’t dismantle it to make the other.
There’s some DLC that has been added in the last few years, including a great side adventure that explains Ellie’s motivations. It’s an excellent side adventure that involves a lot of flashbacks. There’s one weird scene, though, where Ellie “playing” an old arcade-style video game and the sequence of using the game is described by another character’s narration, and you have to match the joystick movements to what the character describes for a game within a game. It seemed odd and out of place and got tedious really quick, so I just mashed a few buttons until it was done just to get going again. Otherwise the DLC was an excellent chapter.
Overall well worth the time; highly recommended.