Yea, I beat it last night and was pretty disappointed in the ending. And yes, the repetitive nature of the combat was one of my biggest issues along with the very samey puzzles. Get a ladder, get a raft for Ellie. One of my favorite sections of the game was actually playing as Ellie, I started the Left Behind expansion this morning and that looks like it's all about Ellie so it might be good.I really liked the ending. Showing how Joel and Ellie have changed as characters, with Ellie becoming kind of the quiet, bitter one, and Joel becoming a bit more upbeat. The story was pretty great, overall.