Replayed the game after a long time, still loved it a lot. Though I’ve never done any beta testing before, I’d love to volunteer for part 2 if it’s not too late.
(Spoiler for people who don’t do the teen route) Thing I liked: After playing as a teenager, I can say that Jonah is one of the best minor characters I’ve met in the game. Barely a few paragraphs after he’s introduced, I already hoped he was going to be in the rest of the game. It was such a shame that he dies no matter what (and I understand that this adds a sense of realism that I appreciate), but him saving my MC cemented him as one of the best bros you could have in the apocalypse.
Thing I disliked: The, uh, uncertainness of the mechanic surrounding when Jamie calls on the last day of Part 1. After Woody comes to your home, the player only gets a few activities to do before the aforementioned call. I partly chalk this up to me, as the player, needing to manage my character’s time better, but some activities that don’t move the time in the game still trigger the call. There’s also when you go to Thelma’s and find Woody tied up by the Makarovs - and the subsequent scene where you go can choose to go to their home for revenge and such. The call that usually comes up around noon if you don’t go to Thelma’s gets delayed till sometime after 2 without any consequence (so far in Part 1).
I realize that I may sound like I’ve nitpicked at this particular part of the game because I hate it, but it only slightly distracts me from enjoying the game. Overall, it still is one of the best HG titles that I’ve ever had the pleasure to play. Even if I don’t get chosen for the beta I will quietly hype myself up to get it when it’s released. Best of luck, Jim.