After like 25 hours you go to a new area of the map and cant return to the old one. After the mediocre slog that is the start.
Fresh new well written characters, interesting plot, fun powerful guns, powerful interesting enemies.
This is seriously a huge wtf moment, there really is a gem hidden in this game. But it's a long ass grind to get for he good part.
First 25 hours are like a 6/10, then the new areas is a solid 8/10. I bet most reviewers never even beat the game. This is OG Nier level turn around where the start was a spot then it turns into a damn good game.