I just finished the game, and it was an unforgettable experience.
I cried at the end, right when Aloy approaches Elisabet's body, when she reaches out, feels for her, just to make sure that it really is her, and then – I hear GAIA's question through a previous audio scan, and it crushes me:
GAIA: If you had had a child, Elisabet, what would you have wished for him or her?
Elisabet: I guess … I would have wanted her … to be … curious.
And then there – Elisabet's face lights up through Aloy's focus, and Aloy's putting her hand on Lis' face, and suddenly I feel the tears welling up in my eyes and I'm crying because fuck. Aloy, you've been through so much. And she's right there before you. The woman you've been looking for, the one you've been looking up to, admiring. Thinking all this time that she couldn't have been your mother, but in some way, she is. You are what she wished for. Someone who was curious, willful, unstoppable, even.
But with enough compassion to heal the world. Just a little bit.
I was bawling then, I'll admit it. I don't know what this game has done to me. I haven't cried this much since The Last of Us, The Witcher 3, and the ending of Telltale's first season of The Walking Dead. I feel for Aloy so much. Confused for so long, internally struggling, and finally, she finds a respite – even if it's for a little while. Maybe I'm crying because Aloy's been trying to find her place in this world for so long. She wanted to know who she was, who birthed her, and it crushed her – absolutely crushed her, that she was artificially made. But even with that, she was still loved. Rost raised her so well. She's done so much for others. She's done so much for the world that didn't deserve her because she knew it was worth saving. Fuck. Bless this girl. I'm crying still. I love this game, guys. The sequel is going to kill me even more.
GG, thank you so much for this game. You've done so well. I hope the whole team will learn and improve for the next series. I hope they make it even better.
I'm going to take a nap now. Sleep. I'm going to be thinking about this game for a long time.
Thanks for reading.