I think it has been near universal that the journal is one of the major highlights of the game. Arthur’s okish sketches and writing really humanizes him to the player, and it’s nice to see some inflection in the journal where Arthur keeps himself somewhat even-keeled. I have been going back and forth on really liking Arthur and then being frustrated with how he seems to be played the ‘centrist’ in dialogue.
For example, Arthur doesn’t really say much about the suffragette march he joins up with, but in his journal he talks about how he admires the change that these women are pushing forward. It really made me feel warm and smile to see Arthur acknowledge their movement like that.
On the other hand… Arthur just met up with the Native American characters in the game, and basically did the, “Irish people were slaves too.” argument. His exact wording was, “My people are on their way out too.” What… White people? No. Criminals? No… What are you talking about? I really fucking hated Arthur in that moment.