Just saw credits roll and man i tried my best to love this game, but ultimately i just kinda liked it for a bit in the middle there. I think the Fallout/Elder Scrolls formula just starts to fall apart when the world is compartmentalized like this, the biggest open world bits felt like a No Man's Sky launch day planet, with some seriously repetitive encounters.
I played on hard, and after a few hours it was clear that 90 percent of all loot was throwaway and just unimportant overall, most encounters were over before i could fire a second shot thanks to the companions, but without them the bland world would have been too much to bear. The main quest bits are all pretty darn short, and require tons of load screens just to report back to characters that send you back where you came from again, and the side quests really began to feel samey, I, like Jeff, found myself doing everything until i was mainlining the rest of the story.
I think the alien variety was lacking, and the 'mega" enemies peppered around felt like an afterthought. Settlements all felt so similar, as did all the space stations/ships, with tremendous amounts of silent, statue-like NPC's with nothing to say. I dont know what happened, but the game just kinda felt washed out, I booted Fallout 4 up after this and it looks considerably better somehow? I will say I had no glitches worth reporting, but I've never been too bothered by any of the FO/ES glitches, maybe through sheer luck?
I'm not just trying to shit on this game, it has some fun skill checks that let me avoid combat often, and there were more settlements to discover in the open world bits than I expected at first, I just wish they felt more consequential. I dont think I bought anything from anyone the entire game. This is really just therapy, as I've put thousands of hours into New Vegas, FO 3 and 4, and Elder Scrolls, not wanting to touch this again just hurts my good good gaming soul. Also, I murdered Phineas and obliterated all the passengers on the Hope, and the writing and confrontations around those decisions were barely there. Oh well.