I honestly can't stop thinking about it. edit: I didn't put my words together as well as I could, but I think you get the idea with it.
I know there's been a ton of posts about how amazing the game is and everything like that, but I wanted to throw my two cents in for some obvious reasons.
I think Aloy is one of my favorite characters of all time and it's because she has flaws and acts like a real person. I don't know about you, but her "outbursts" throughout the game really showed me how real she is and how utterly confused about her life she is. Unraveling that mystery alongside of her really felt awe-inspiring. It never felt like I was her either, which tends to draw people away, but to me I felt even more invested in it because I knew it was her story. That alone made emptying hours into this game feel like minutes and being able to traverse and go through the world and feel the impact you have was incredible. "Aloy, despite the Nora," was one of my favorite lines (Hunting Grounds Questline) and that coupled with her reaction to the Nora after she exits All-Mother just made me realize how amazing Aloy is.
The worldbuilding is incredible. If you didn't judge by my username, I'm a writer, and the worldbuilding in this game is some of the best I have ever encountered. Learning about the Old World was just as much fun as unraveling the world outside of the Sacred Land, perhaps better. There were things I was learning up until the very end of the game which made me feel even more invested and wanting to know more. I still have questions and I hope they can be answered in future games. And I hope, for the love of the All-Mother, that this is not the last time we see Aloy.
I genuinely cried at the ending. You know, the cut-scene at Sobeck Ranch? And learning what Elisabet did before that, her sacrifice even with everything she did. She made it home.
It was just a phenomenal end that really wrapped up Aloy's journey, but still told us that there was more for her. The only other game I cried at was The Last of Us, and if you haven't played that, you should. But that's another story. This ending, this game, this journey I went on with Aloy was just beautiful. And while I have some nitpicks about the game and one or two problems, it was almost perfect.
Guerrilla Games did something beautiful with the idea of giant robot dinosaurs and I praise them for that. This game made me realize so much about storytelling and worldbuilding and investing in characters that I learned more lessons for real life (and hopefully my future).
Thank you Guerrilla, and thank you for reading.