Couldn't agree more. I would add that the fact that Geralt has recovered his memory made me like the game a little less. In the first 2 games the player had much more freedom to build Geralt's personality. On The Witcher 3 though, you can alter a lot of the story, but Geralt is basically the same.
I actually enjoyed Nier Automata's story and experimental storytelling, but the rest of the game? Not so much. The combat is mediocre, burdened by the fact you can carry an absurd amount of healing items and use them anytime. So there's really no difficulty, unless you get oneshot which is not cool. Also, as you mentioned, the sidequests are boring, not to mention the open world structure with those resources you have to gather. Awful shit.
Here goes my unpopular opinion beyond those I agree with above: Ni no Kuni is a trash fire. The plot is childish and dumb. The characters' writing makes me feel like I'm watching the Pokemon anime. The combat is boring. Your AI partners are dumb and die should any sort of challenge present to them. I loathe every minute I spent playing that crap. I'm not even kidding. I was so excited to play it, seeing all those 9 reviews, but there's nothing there besides a generic, dumb JRPG, with an awesome art design and OST. This is one of the games that broke my trust in the opinion of others. I can't FATHOM playing Ni no Kuni and not seeing these absurd flaws. You can like the game, there's nothing wrong with that, but, when you're writing a review, try to at least visualize some technical and objective aspects.
Dark Cloud 2 is all of the above, but without the the astounding art and sound design.
Avatar, the last Airbender is a kids show without any consistency between episodes, due to the changing directors and writers. The jokes are dumb and for kids. Every 2-3 episodes there's a massive plot hole. In summary, it's just some kids show with nice world building concepts that people have nostalgia for. And before someone tells me that I shouldn't have such high standards for a work aimed at kids, I should point that one thing is to make something for everyone to enjoy, the other is treating children and pre-adolescents as dumb.