When this first came out I bounced off pretty hard and never thought about it again. I was just looking through game pass and felt like trying something out, 20 hours later I am hooked.
I think a lot of people lost interest in this game because of its very brown and boring first few hours, because after the first couple areas it becomes a very visually interesting and more mechanically diverse game than it lets on it first.
Seeing things like adventure, survival, and rerolling the campaign have me understanding this is a schlooter with some legs. I picked up the DLC so I don't know how much better they made the game from launch, but this is the best souls-like I've played that hasn't been from From software.
Also, I feel like this is the game I was hoping for from outriders, became a force myself to put more time into than I wanted because people said it got good. That never happened for me but it did happen here