I think Fextralife's Youtube channel is one of the best, and certainly the most professional video game channel there is. I love their guides and their reviews. Their wiki is insanely useful and complete (I did dramatically better at Divinity Original Sin II, Pathfinder Kingmaker and Mount & Blade II thanks to it). ACG is another guy and channel I respect a lot but... This passage however--> "this review will not be taking into account any perceived agenda by Naughty Dog, whether real or imagined" denotes a policy that some channels like Fextralife and ACG have. And I don't think it is a sustainable one. A few years ago I didn't care about agendas or forced archetypes or developers trying to force their vision of the world upon me. It wasn't an issue back then. But today... I see as entertainment franchises that I used to love (Star Wars, Terminator, Ghostbusters, etc.) are being hijacked and utterly destroyed by the all consuming mob of you-know-who and this is also happening in the videogame industry.
Unfortunately in this day and age I do care about whether or not developers are pushing an agenda in their games... A LOT. I just don't want their agendas in my games. They DO bring the fun to zero for me... it simply trounces whatever marvelous gameplay and graphics the game might have to offer. Of course I want to know about Graphics, gameplay and "a bit a bout the story" and "sound, music and voice". But right now I also want to know if there is an agenda... I also want to know if there are feminist or woke undertones, I also want to know if there are any modern day identity politics at play. I don't think reviews and reviewers can avoid addressing these issues for much longer. Sure, I want to know about genre, similar games, graphics, gameplay, story, etc... but I also want to know if I'm going to be force-fed the developers vision of the "new world".
To this review's credit however, by reading the whole thing, you can draw your own conclusions about whether or not there is an agenda being pushed (there is, make no mistake about it). And that final paragraph is very much indeed all I need to know.
Soon, unfortunately... there will be no standing on the sidelines.