[Let me preface this article by saying that as I am based in the EU, I don't yet have access to TLoU:R just yet but having said that, our resident Canadian here on Takuchat.com, Phantomlink, has confirmed that my theory is correct.]
When Naughty Dog revealed that TLoU:R would include a photo mode I was delighted as I had fallen in love with the feature since it was added to inFamous: Second Son but then I began to think, will the photo mode make listening redundant? At the click of the L3 button I’ll be able to pause the action, orbit the camera around Joel and see around walls. You might say ‘that’s nuts, that’s way too much effort when I can just press one button to listen?’ and you’d be right except for when you’re playing on the Survivor or the new Grounded difficulty settings, both of which remove Joel’s ability to ‘listen’ and see through walls. That is where a person may resort to using the photo mode as a means to provide them with information they wouldn’t otherwise know, using the photo mode in a way that it wasn’t intended to be used.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, nobody will be putting a gun to our head making us use the exploit, I am merely pointing out that it exists and that it may cheapen a few trophies.
Will you be using photo mode to help you out or will you be a purist and save it for making Joel and Ellie look fabulous?