Ultimately I guess we can agree to disagree. But I also think you take some of my negatives out of context.
My issue with the difficulty is specifically at the start, at a time when you are still learning what to upgrade, new elemental mechanics, new combos, shield requirement etc. I am perfectly okay with the game ramping up in terms of complexity and difficulty (even on standard mode) but it felt unbalanced at the start
especially when playing as Kratos and in comparison to Atreus who breezes through mobs like nothing? Side content and bosses I am totally okay with those being extra challenging.
With regards to cutscenes the game already has standard cutscenes that gives context to what you doing. But the additional chatter is too much for me - not to mention how all the companion characters are constantly giving you the dam answers to the few challenging puzzles.
Most PS5 controller additions are optional and can be turned off. But I personally feel the game could have at least added proper support for the dual sense. The axe mechanic I was talking about in my post is not during gameplay (it happens a handful of times throughout the game like when you are mining for material etc.). These are small additions.
5 years is a long time - im not saying build the game up from scratch but the formula as you mentioned needed to be shaken up a little bit more for me. We can get into how in another thread, but I feel I will head strongly into spoiler territory.
I also did not read any reviews etc. Came into it fresh. But I am leaning towards not being in agreement with the incredibly high scores - that being said I still rate the game a solid 9/10. Its okay for us to disagree on this.
Not sure how Elden Ring fits into the discussion but I guess I also had a number of issues with Elden Ring but still rate very highly.
Yeah, that would be the difference between you and I. I do not believe the formula needed to be shaken up, especially for a 2nd entry for this game. That would probably piss off more people then actually please. The last thing I would have expected with a game continuing the same story arch is for the developers to totally revamp the game mechanics when nothing really has changed with Kratos. You basically only a few years from the previous story arch.
I do not expect to change anyone mind on how I feel about the game, I believe it deserves its scores but with any game it will always depend on what the gamer expects. The overall package from getting 100% in the game, I can say that it was well worth my money and time. I might go through the harder difficulty later but I probably will wait for New Game +. There were some low scores from some people and some had legitimate reasons for their decisions but this is why I do not waste time with other people opinions. What one person can see as a negative, I might not see it the same way and only way to really tell is to experience the game myself.