Now, again playing it 8 years after that marvelous experience, I am finding an even deeper connection to it. The time, the setting, and the logical rhythm of how the game unfolds seemingly grow in importance to me as life marches on.
I'm not exactly sure why I am revisiting this title. In the intervening timeframe, I lost my English grandmother, who married an American man very much like one of the men in this game. Only they lived in post-WW2 Washington, DC and not LA. I suppose there could be a yearning to connect to this particular time when "the greatest generation" were living the younger years of their lives.
The "order" of things made perfect sense in the shadow of a world war and I think this game captures that without even trying. Yes, there are terrible things in this game, but there are always terrible things. Even today. Oh, yes. Very much today.
I once asked my grandmother why things were so seemingly "better" in the late 40s - early 60s and she simply said, "Because the war was so terrible, everyone wanted to create a better place to live." This game captures that sentiment.
I'll have a full review of this game soon and probably, finally, move to a more recent release soon!