Wow, I beat this game last night because I decided I couldn't wait until after work today to see how all of this wraps up. It's something I rarely do and while my sleep deprived body is paying for it, I am happy I did it. I really just want to get a discussion going on the entire story as a whole. What people thought about the world, the plot, the ending, whatever.
Unfortunately I'm working so my post will be brief but I truly was captured by the story and world. I almost had an immersion like I did with the Masan Effect series that I wanted to soak in every audio log and text log I could find. It's a fascinating world that feels incredibly well thought out and is explained in good depth. I think the whole idea of zero dawn jumpstarting a new earth is a really cool concept and I could've seen it get so convoluted that it would've been hard to follow but they gave you just enough to make everything make sense and seem at least possible in the world of Horzion.
Really the thing I didn't like the most was the need to add a hook for a sequel, I will certainly be excited where this franchise goes next, I felt like it was definitely unnecessary like Jeff said and the story really does stand on its own.
Im on a mobile device so I apologize for nasty auto correct issues