Ellie or Elizabeth?
I found the relationship between Joel and Ellie way more interesting than the one between Booker and Elizabeth. I feel like them wanting to keep the twist in Bioshock a secret really hindered their ability to write for those two characters. I was actually disappointed with how, for lack of a better word, shallow the interaction between the two were after hearing that that part of the game would be important. I was going into The Last of Us ready to be disappointed because it was yet again, Troy Baker bonding with a female protagonist. But I ended up being really invested in the two. Ellie felt like a more realized character whereas Elizabeth felt like a character manufactured with the idea of being a smart intelligent woman while also being a doe eyed disney princess that you want to protect. I guess what I want to say is that Elizabeth feels like a character written with gender considerations in mind whereas Ellie, and actually all the female characters, just felt like a natural character without really considering gender roles. Also Ellie can hold her own with a bow, knife knows how a shoot a gun and protect herself whereas Elizabeth can warp time and shit and can't even escape from a few guards without Booker's help, that is after she opens random time tears to impede Booker's pursuit.
The Last of Us may also have the advantage of having cutscenes, but I still found the in-game banter between Joel and Ellie to be crucial in building their relationship.
Elizabeth I just loved running around Columbia with her. The way she was acted made her seem like one of the most human A.I. characters ever even between scripted sequences and cut-scenes too. How she would go and just gaze around environments and interact with other things and in the earlier parts of the game people. Little things like how she can randomly walk up to the cotton candy guy in the arcade and take some was really cool moments that are entirely spontaneous and don't happen every time.
They're the same person, Elizabeth is just a version of Ellie formed in a fever dream Joel had when he had that infection in order to deal with issues over the father figure he was becoming for Ellie. All of Bioshock: Infinite was just Joel's subconscious telling him that at a crucial moment he would have to let Ellie sacrifice both of them for the greater good which somehow just make The Last Of Us's ending more tragic. At the same time The Last Of Us is not an alternate universe of Bioshock: Infinite because there isn't a singular city. The Fireflies are the lighthouse though.
Ellie. I didn't find Elizabeth to be very believable as a character and just a little forced. With Ellie you really feel like you have been on a journey with her where both Joel and her have developed as characters.
That song and dance with the guitar in Infinite just felt so forced, out of place and had little impact on me whereas in the last of us just a small change in Ellie's facial expression could leave a much bigger impact on me.
In Infinite you could tell how much they wanted Elizabeth to be in your vision doing those little environmental things. So much so that she would teleport and just move in unrealistic ways just so she could get to that interactive part of the environment and be the centre of attention for the player. In the last of us I felt that Ellie would move about by herself more independently of the player in a much more believable way.
Probably Elizabeth, I just prefer the character design... while Joel's relationship with Ellie is much more personal and developed than the one between Booker and Elizabeth, I feel Elizabeth's sense of wonder and then pain to be emotions that resonate considerably better with my person.
So yeah, Elizabeth.
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