but 5 seconds into a cutscene I remembered that I don't care.
Pretty much Fates' story in a nutshell
So sad. What happened?
Support convos are still good and fun, but... there needs to be a real plot to go with them. Where is the team that wrote Path of Radiance??
The lead writer retired (or something).
For Fates specifically though, they first outsourced the outline to a prolific (though not particularly good) manga writer, who provided a rough draft, which IntSys threw a team of other writers to cobble together into two games, then realizing that they wanted a third, true route, gutted the Conquest side in order to give the Senran Kagura writer enough material to form Revelations around.
Thus you have three games where one side is all about getting the Princes back together to fight the bad guys, another where you're an agent of the bad guys except nothing ever happens or ever sticks to Corrin because s/he doesn't want to be a bad guy for the first half, while the second half randomly drops you into not-Zeal which leads to the party's sudden decision to annex Hoshido for some Rube Goldberg plot devicing, and a third where a bunch of mysteries brought up by Conquest gets solved half an hour into the campaign and the rest of the time is filled with either getting almost everybody on board (starting with Glorious Nippon of course) or flipping Dragon Vein switches in the various fields and dungeons of not-Zeal.
Granted a lot of this is speculation based upon supposition of the fact that Azura didn't even exist as of the initial draft (but I suspect Azura was brought in to take 'some' of the Power Fantasy off of Corrin, especially when you can easily see a situation where Corrin randomly falls into Valla and spends the rest of the game trying to convince everyone else to listen to him/her because s/he's the only one who is right, versus Corrin getting lead to Valla by Azura, who tells him/her why the matter can only be resolved in Revelations' route instead of Conquest's, and spends the rest of the game trying to convince everyone else to listen to him/her because s/he's the only one who is right.
The tl;dr is that a mediocre to bad plot outline was overseasoned by too many chefs, then carved up into too many pieces and served underdone.
It also doesn't help that most of the characters (which is where FE's greatest writing strength lies) were one-note gimmicks tied to a Prince/ss or to Corrin. The Awakening Trio are standouts due to having literally something to them besides their gimmick of Chunni/Egotistical Spender/Playboy.
Nor does the continued mountain of supports that somehow lead to Love and Marriage and Babies stored in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber from Dragon Ball.