I thought the story and directing was one of the reasons why it was so bad. Beginning is explained poorly, things just happen randomly, there are no motivation to your actions and against my will I end up leading bunch of jack asses :P
The game had other issues of course but the overall experiance was so horrible that I didn't bother checking the dlcs and don't care how the saga continues. Too bad since first two were fine games.
I played it on launch. Is it even possible to play the game on a higher difficulty without grinding yourself to boredom?
There were some slightly grindy aspects to it, but I didn't mind it so much. These days I don't need to play on higher difficulties, I just mainly play for the adventure, location designs, and writing. If I wanted some huge challenge I'll load up a game that's built for that (Dark Souls series.. etc..)