My position has remained consistent throughout, but I'll reiterate...
You're saying "I love TLoU2. How dare you say it's bad."
No. But nice try with the silly strawman.
I'm saying "I'm not interested in personal preferences. TLoU2 is a bad game because it doesn't understand what makes games special. Instead, it tries to be discount TV/Film. That's not strategically sound."
You're clearly only interested in your own personal preferences. As if you're the only gamer in the world whose opinions matter.
It reeks of narcissism and a towering sense of hubris.
In other words, it isn't competitive design. Naughty Dog had every advantage in the book and...
And yet the game sells multiple tens of millions of copies and nets every gaming award under the sun.
They must be doing something competitive, even if it's not to your personal tastes. You must be able to be honest enough to admit that much.
1. At the very least, it didn't do any better than TLoU1 commercially despite costing significantly more.
It hasn't been on the market as long as TLOU1 so the comparison is dumb.
2. Competitors are lapping it in the market.
So is Naughty Dog with TLOU2.
3. It limped so much that Naughty Dog will never make another TLoU2 style game again.
Because Men_in_Boxes says so? You're delusional if you think TLOU as an IP will be abandoned by Sony and ND.
Heck, there's a fucking TV show on the way.
The fact that you like it and I don't is immaterial. It's a waste of resources that can't compete. Extinctions don't typically happen overnight. Linear, story based single player games are still coming. They just won't be as frequent or with the same budget. AA is their new home.
The fact that I like it and you don't is immaterial, yes. I agree.
The fact that the game won multiple awards, sold tens of millions of units and continues to sell, is what will guarantee a sequel, as well as guarantee many more dev continuing to develop single-player cinematic games, because there is a market for it.
The fact that the market for MP battle royale games is much bigger is irrelevant. It doesn't in any way erase the existing market for games like TLOU.