Part of the joy of this game is self-discovery, figuring things out through observation and trial and error.
And there is A LOT to figure out in this game. Things such as the material usage efficiencies of repairing items with a repair kit versus workbench thrall or letting it break completely before repairing or making a new item. Also the things like most useful recipes, etc.
With so many things to figure out it can be hard to remember everything you’ve figured out particularly if you’ve had to put the game down for a period of time.
I am not suggesting anything too rigid as I like the freeform and optionalilty of this game. What I am suggesting is a CRAFTABLE in-game journal to jot down observations and notes, craftable at level 16, around time it probably starts to really be needed.
The journal could be like a ledger style with customizable tabs/headings maybe with some pregenerated suggestions with tabs going horizontally. The data for such a journal could be stored on local storage. Such a journal would helpful in single player and especially helpful to console players on PS4 and X-box as it would likely be the most convenient thing to jot down in-game observations and notes.
An in-game journal would also help overcome the inertia of picking up the game again after a period of absence, you wouldn’t have to remember what it is you were doing when you put it down, the tricks and secrets etc. you could just look to what you wrote in your journal.
Being able to record helpful observations in an in-game journal would likely increase the life of play for this game and for this and the other preceding reasons I suggest the addition of a craftable (at lv 16) in-game journal.