While the game itself is phenomenal, it's probably the single most depressing game I've ever played. Once you've completed it, there's very little motivation to go back through unless you're a completionist wanting the collectibles and trophies. They launched without Factions too, which they're probably holding back for the inevitable PS5 "Remastered" version.
Infact, when you look at how the game has been supported in comparison to Ghost of Tsushima which released a full month later, it's quite concerning.
I really like Naughty Dog games and I inclined the agree. Its a great game but too dark and depressing and quite long to boot.
The real kicker is the leaks, word of mouth and controversy. All of it really killed the game and momentum for a lot of people, including a fans of the first game. The TLOU on PS3 was an easy recommendation to my family and friends. This one, however is not a game I'd make an all positive recommendation to, particularly if you're fond of the first game and its characters. Its like I have to give a little warning on what to expect before.
Its a bit like a really good film, you're really fond of and leaves the ending open to interpretation and sometimes that for the best. And then a sequel along and continues the story but its not a story that needed to be told. Its a bit like the Matrix and its sequels - well, not not to that extent since Matrix 2 and 3 sucked :P