@jamjyo: Woah dude, ok. That wasn't at all what I was trying to say but going all "hurr durr" is real good discussion".
I didn't express an opinion because I didn't play the game (and don't plan to, because I know what kind of stuff I'm into), but I've just been reading the discussion on the like 3 different threads and various places because it's kinda interesting.
The "bad writing" complaint also feels slightly separate from complaints about the "bad story". Admittedly, my reaction to it is more of a "me" thing than their fault. It's a complaint that gets levied against a lot of stuff (I'll say, especially Japanese stuff) that doesn't necessarily seem... Fair? Some stuff is just written differently (in a broader sense and also moment-to-moment dialog, which I guess is usually more what I'm thinking of when people talk "writing" specifically) and works more for some people. So throwing out "it's bad writing" just feels lazy and always like it's some kind of "gotcha!"
It's not necessarily just this thread, but a broader thing in media discussion. Someone else mentioned the "cinemasins-style" critique popping up a lot, which I think is about right.