Nope sorry, AT3 was terrible. Even the songs were weak compared to 1 or 2's. Also, after Croix, it was hard to go back to Lyner levels of idiocy again. Also also, only having the three vanguards for the entire game was incredibly boring, especially when there were so many other characters that could've jumped in as well.
Agreed with the bit on the number of vanguards. However, I disagree on the fact the game was terrible and even the songs were weak, considering that it had jewels on the levels of Singing Hill ~Harmonics TILIA~, Windstone, Arphage, Fusionsphere, Cosmoflips, Rebirthia Protocol, Hymmeli and all of the songs that play during the battle with the final boss, not to mention each of the four ending themes. Aside of that, while the first half of the plot seems to be a series of disconnected events, in the end all of them make sense and lead to the conclusion of the entire series, also bringing full-circle the worldbuilding the developers started with the first game.
One of the things I liked about AT 1 and 2 is that there was actual, interesting character development to go along with the fanservice (and even the fanservice wasn't nearly as blatent as AT3...). The whole idea of diving into a character's mind and having them confront their deepest issues was seriously pretty cool. But AT3 introduced all these sub-personalities and as a result it didn't really spend any time developing any of them. They just come off as a bunch of 2D stereotypes.
Saki is the only character that really didn't have much development, which had to do with the fact that the developers wanted to make her as the only girl that was entirely pure in the franchise, which was to be a large point of contrast to Finnel's myriad of issues, not to mention that the girls in the previous game had so many psychological problems buried in their minds as well as flaws, that they thought it would be refreshing to have a girl that didn't have much of a dark side in her. I think it doesn't need to be said that it backfired.
No worry, I know most people think AT3 is bad and I can see why. I guess I can easily ignore those things that others couldn't.
In this point we both agree.