Nier: Automata. Played it, enjoyed most of it, but felt really left out in all the discussion of it and the feelings people got from it, particularly the ending. So many parts of the side quests and main story hit me with that “Whoa, man, that was heavy, I need to take a little break” feeling only for the last… 1/3rd or 1/4th? of the C/D/E route to leave me kind of confused and mad. Part of it feels like I missed a part of the story, or something went over my head, along with my own strong desire/expectation for something to happen in the ending that didn’t. So during the E ending, which from what I’ve heard, is supposed to be this big moving experience, I instead felt this feeling of “Wait, that was it?”
I ended up not deleting my save file, because I intended to go back and rewatch cutscenes and check out the lore section of the menu, but never got around to it because this year has been packed with good new games, and trying to keep up with those, as well as play multiplayer stuff with my friends, has been losing battle. Now it feel like so much time has passed, that whenever I get the time to devote to replaying it, I should just slog through ending E again to erase the game and start over. I don’t know when that will happen, but for now, every time the game gets brought up, and praise is lavished on it, I feel like an outsider looking in, wanting to feel what they felt and see what they see in this game.