John’s frying pan is not only used as a weapon of blunt destructio­n, but also, in towns and villages, for culinary creation. Ingredient­s are usually bought, not scavenged, and can be combined in various appetising ways to cook healthrest­oring meals. Everything from hamburgers to fruit salads can be stored in John’s backpack – and often prove essential for making it through boss fights. Kitchen appliances play a vital role in the game: food can only be cooked using one of the rusted ovens found in many houses, while your ‘memories’ are stored in refrigerat­ors – the game’s metaphor for saving. Food feels important, accentuati­ng the sense that this is a team used to working hard for each crust. That salt is the world currency is telling.

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