This has been on top of my wishlist since they put out that teaser in 2017, and I'm loving every second of it now that I have my hands on it. French VO with english subs is definitely how I prefer playing it. The game is technically an escort mission, though Hugo isn't with you at all times either. But since he's pretty much holding your hand for the duration, you don't get any of the usual escort mission problems, like him dying or being discovered. The only time he can give the game away is if you leave him behind for too long, and he starts panicking.
I do agree that it is very akin to Hellblade, in production value and the depth of the systems. For me though, that's high praise, since Helblade is probably my game of this generation.
The game is very polished, and I've not run into a single bug that I can remember so far. I love that someone is still making these kinds of games. Give it up for the French, I guess. Absolutely recommended.
Depends entirely on the game. There are certain games I want to experience, but where the challenge of it is not the main draw, and can even become an hindrance to my enjoyment. God of War and Divinity: Dragon Commander are examples of this.
Then there are games I simply don't want to let go of, and might even crank the difficulty up to ultra hard just to have a reason to stay in their world just a little bit longer. I did this with Horizon, among others. It all depends on what the game is, and what I want to get out of it.
Depends on the kind of game, but as a rule, story. And by that I don't mean plot, but the setting, the characters, the vibe and how engaging the universe is. I can forgive alot of wonky gameplay, and less than stellar graphics if a game manages to suck me into it's setting.
I like how you described Telltale as comfort food. That describes how I consume these things now. I don't get all the games any more. Didn't play the second Batman Season until a little while ago, and haven't played Guardians of the Galaxy, but I do still enjoy them, as little stories to get lost in for a while. And I'm with Clementine to the end. Which I guess they're setting up with this FINAL season.
And, yeah. Holy crap, that ending. I think they made a really good choice making most of the characters kids. Made me care about them in ways I struggled to in New Frontier. And it made the ending all the more impactful. I'm on this train to the very last stop.