Finished the game last week with Ends ABCDE.
Overall, it was an interesting experience, with the best parts of the game being when you swap between different gameplays (the REAL final rush being a good example of that). Those sequences give it a feeling of epic battles.
The music is also very good indeed and keep resonating in your head even after you stopped the game.
Now, regarding the story & world, it is indeed depressing, maybe a bit too much for me.
The world itself was missing a bit of soul. Apart from Pascal & Emil, few NPCs really stand out.
And for me, this world is clearly lacking consistency, there are many contradictions.
Plus if you want to investigate the story a bit to find out a bit more about Emil (I never played previous games in the series but Youtube has some interesting video about it), you realize there is “magic” in this universe of Nier, which is totally out of place for me. I mean you start Nier in a world about androids, robots, technology & science. And all game long its never question of magic and suddenly there is magic mentioned ?
Feels odd for me.
Also, I always wondered why he decided to make androids bleed, doesnt make any sense appart from making the show.
So overall I am happy with having played the game, now I might not count this as the masterpiece in my collection that some will.