i know it's generally disliked but i really liked 4/tactics. with 3 the multiple protag thing was jarring but chris was awesome and seeing a conflict from 2 perspectives was nice plus exceeding love is epic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VijYRD_KsQE
exploration without reward is pointless imo. FF!2 provided reward. this game doesnt. imo it seem like they said oh skyrim made a lot of money so lets be a copycat. the only exploration i've enjoyed is when the quest somehow adds to the lore. the the warden quest at storm coast. but quests ike that are few and far between.
i highly disagree with it being better than origins. to me this feels like ff12 in that theres lots of open world content but light on story but at least in ff12 it felt like you were traveling somewhere. also the open world content in ff12 was more rewarding(some spells only obtainable by beating marks/optional espers). to me dai feels more like da2 but theres more places to go with bigger areas. it feels like you are confined to skyhold instead of kirkwall.