Lots of people talked about Kaine being ugly now and it’s weird to me cause I think the opposite, when I played the game way back one of my impressions was how ugly everyone looked in that game, I even read some Yoko remarks after of how he disliked pretty boys and just assumed he made young guy Nier so ugly on purpose lol
I didn’t played the new game nor have the money to afford it now but watched some streams, the combat appears to be somewhat faster but people seems to be disappointed that it doesn’t feel like automata. One thing I noticed it’s how the autolock target they added makes the encounters waaaay easier than in the original like the boar in the beginning.
Also another thing that bothered me is how there’s still in the fanbase this weird discourse that elements in the game “are bad on purpose because art” being throw around, as if was Taro intention to make a bad game and not just a “game that makes you feel bad” which I think can be one simplistic description of how he tried to work the ideas of both original drakengard and nier scenarios. Correct me if I wrong but I don’t even remember ever read or watch a single interview where he said he wanted to make something that played badly to make a point, all the time I came across him speaking about his game’s shortcomings it’s how he tried to make it good but failed, wonder when this strange position of a man doing bad game thing on purpose started to be passed around. When there’s this fourth wall moments of trashing and poking fun of game design elements on his games feels to me more like a commentary on the silliness of the tasks regularly demand by videogames, to highlight how this things that people had been doing countless times before can be silly and pointless if you look at it outside of a videogame player character perspective, kind of “would I really be doing this things if those situations were presented to me in real life?”. Maybe when things are spoken out loud instead of being potential buried thoughts in the mind people’s reaction is to play along with the wizard so to not feel dumb, thinking “I see what you’re doing” so then everything that it’s not outright “satisfactory” or “fun” in it must be something made to keep the joke going “it’s bad on purpose guys” “the framedrop and abysmal performance were designed that way”.