I haven't played either as I don't have a Playstation. What is your take on part 2's story and characters? Online commentary is sharply divided between its wonderful subversion of expectations vs the characters don't act like they did in part 1 or they are one dimensional.
I don't tend to read the gaming press but I made an extra special effort to stay away from any spoilers for this one. The fact the plot was leaked and there was controversy over it made the mainstream news, but there's a world of difference between reading about a plot and actually experiencing it, whether that be a movie or game or book or whatever, so I didn't pay any attention to that. For me the story and the characters were great. Ellie (the main character) is 5 years older than the first game where she was 14 so yeah, she's moved on from being a kid making her way through a harsh and unhospitable world into someone altogether more battle hardened and bitter.