I watched it with the Beast crew and personally would have been so utterly destroyed by having to make the choice that I would have left it at the decision screen and gone for a walk. (I think Jeff said GTA IV made him do the same thing once now that I think about it...) Anyway, that alone says to me that the game was done well and has motivated me to go and buy a copy for myself.
In the end I probably would have chosen to save Chloe. I'm stubborn about learning lessons and would have kept trying to change time to save more of Arcadia bay if I could, worsening storms be damned. I don't know what Max would have done but I'm certain that if the roles were flipped, there's no way Chloe would be the practical utilitarian one and let Max die. Self sacrifice is easy, but killing Max I can't imagine. So Chloe will understand Max's choice even if she disagrees.
Also years later I can just come back with three versions of myself and trap Arcadia bay in a pocket universe before the Daleks Hurricane hits.
@cretaceous_bob: I agree with everything else you said, but actually I like John Williams' "Rey's theme" (which plays three times throughout Force Awakens) WAY more than anything he did in the prequels.
My biggest complaint is with the pacing, as others have said. The last third is mostly a blur with the dogfights. I didn't even see that Poe went inside a building in the x-wing, anyone else miss that?
I did like the film overall because the laughs landed and it left you wanting to see more.
As to the idea of Rey not 'earning' her powers, i can sort of see that with the mind trick, but the saber battle seemed perfectly normal to me. Luke pulls a lightsaber from the snow with no training in Empire. And it seemed to me that Kylo Ren likely never received combat training from Luke, since if they had got to that part he probably would have taught him how to a build a real lightsaber. Added to that you have the fact that Chewie hit Ren in the side with his crossbow blaster (which has its own side plot about how powerful it is...) and that Rey has been beating up people on Jakku with that stick weapon for her entire life. Seemed a pretty even match to me.
And even with the mind trick, i read that as Kylo Ren accidentally awakening her mind powers through his own mind interrogation. Like he forced her to discover them as a self-defense mechanism?
Physics is awesome! Maybe not the wisest choice in terms of finding work after university, but still incredibly fascinating to study. Doing second year of a PhD in theoretical particle physics now and went through the whole 3 year undergrad and 2 year masters course in Australia.
Personally I'd rather study economics or law before switching to engineering or something, but I know plenty of other students who are engaged in grad projects that are much more applied and practical in terms of pathways into the engineering industry.
You definitely need to have good relationship with maths to make it far though, the more math subjects you take on the side, the better your understanding of physics will be.
I'd just like to see a revamped HUD. I like that you can disable the huge ostentatious hud in DS except that playing without being able to see your stamina/health is really hard (I mean even harder than usual). A dead space like approach to displaying information would be impressive, but I just want playing the game to feel like watching the trailer, all gorgeous landscape and architecture.