I honestly had though that she would die no matter what you did when I first played, I was surprised to learn otherwise! Which stat is it that determines if she lives or not? I had assumed it was your relationship with her which would’ve made more sense to me
And, honestly, I wouldn’t call it BAD it’s just not as interesting. Yet. I’m sure the sequels would be better, this first game is just the dirt to make a good story grow. Of course the dirt is not going to be as interesting as the fully grown plant that is the orginal trilogy. The players not as invested in it yet.
This game probably isn’t really meant to stand alone like it has to for now.
Edit: though, thinking about it you could argue that is a problem. Even one single part of a series should be able to stand up for itself.