I can’t really defend this as a decent conclusion.
I played through this title after having parsed through the previous two. I’ve also begun playing with code open.
There were major changes in each game as to how stats were presented, and it was really hard to wrap my head around how to play a consistent character until I popped open the code. So many massive swings back and forth in stats. So many systems introduced, like new powers and codes that are used for like 1 thing before being set aside. Like choosing your ‘color’, and only really getting to use the power you are granted once?
This is pretty much my major complaint about the series. There is very little that carries from each entry into the next. Take Heroes Rise for example… The first trilogy kept using your same stats, introduced only one new major mechanic each title.
But this series felt like it never really mattered what you accomplished from each title to the next, as there would be a reset button at the beginning of the next title that would shunt your path into the same one as every other MC.