So my disc finally arrived. Early impressions seems that the tone of the leaks may have been more on point that I was willing to acknowledge at the time.
I also have noticed a problem that I had with the first game. When Joels daughter died, it had been what p, 10 minutes of gametime - I didnt care because nothing had really been established. I get it sets up as the basis of Joels relationship with Ellie, but it left me out-of-sync as the pacing was off.
So far it seems to be doing a similar thing here - grounding a few characters and character relationships in events that happened off-screen, where they therefore have no meaning to the player. This isnt helped by having you repeatedly switch characters in the first half an hour of the game.