Yes! I just finished playing the game and for once in a long time I'm really thrilled about a game from beginning to end! I'd give this game 9.5/10 its narrative is very strong, its characters their evolution is very realistic and convincing, and the setting while not original still gets you engrossed. While the game is essentially a glorified escort mission it doesn't feel that way its more like a father and daughter fighting for survival.
Ellie isn't some useless side kick she'll help out first by tossing bricks at zombies then shooting them and she doesn't just run into enemies during fights nor will she run into your line of fire like a moron. The emotions the game wants to convey is great I almost cried a few times at some of the scenes they were very powerful, you want these two to succeed the whole game, you're rooting for them. I didn't find the pacing slow I did find only a few items left out in the narrative as far as fleshing out more Tess x Joel and Sarah x Tess's relationships they tried to do that in a more subtle manor but I wish they would've just said some key things rather then me having to go find it out on my own. Oh and when you get most notes or journals all the text is too small so if they do state the info I wanted to know or give me insights into the world I couldn't read it but if you don't care about notes it won't be an issue. Overall love the game and all I want to do is replay it so yes buy the game.