I've been pretty bored with the content drought of NGS so far, and Braver didn't really impress me, so I've been looking for other games for a while. I didn't have anything else to play during this time so the content drought was a big issue for me.
The game seems interesting to me so far is Closers (which is on Steam). I like how they handle all the different attacks the characters use on controllers, where you can assign a lot of different abilities at once using combinations of the trigger buttons and the letter/symbol buttons.
I kinda wish NGS kept more photon arts and gave the option to do something like this so that we could use much more of them at a time (which would make the fact so many existed in base PSO2 make so much more sense).
It's sad to see how empty this game is based on the Steam charts, as it still seems to maintain a positive rating to this day, just not many people ever played it. It uses XIGNCode if anti-cheat programs give you anxiety, so I'd look up the things it does before trying it if anyone is interested in it.
The gameplay kinda reminds me of like a combination of Date a Live Spirit Pledge and a tiny bit of the original PSO2. You don't get to really customize your character without using cosmetic items, if that's something you want, but I think the gameplay of the 2 characters I tried so far is pretty fun so far.
I wanted to try the similar looking game SoulWorker again, but XIGNCode is setup in a way for that game where it takes forever for the game to load as I think it's set to look through much more of the computer. I got tired of waiting to load, and this game seems to boot up much faster.
Also Closers had it's fatigue/energy/resin kind of system removed at some point so you can enjoy the game for much longer periods of time than SoulWorker allowed you to.
I think I like the pacing of the missions in this game more than SoulWorker though anyway. You feel a lot of speed in everything you do and you can move through the maps pretty quick.
I just figured other people may have the same issue I had with finding another f2p anime style game, and I think this would work for a lot of people that like either base PSO2 or NGS
You definitely have to use borderless gaming with windowed mode if you like fullscreen and like to tab out of the game though, otherwise it's gonna freeze if you do it too many times though xD