Sweeney did nothing wrong.
I don't know if it was intentional but I liked how YoungBoy's character mostly observed the larger story because he was just a street kid that did not know anything about the history of the empires, the wars and all the politics unlike a lot of the other characters. That made him a good stand-in for the player. It being like that unintentionally because they rushed him in late in development makes sense. My unpopular opinion is that I liked it even though it didn't feel fully fleshed out. I always smoked weed when playing it, otherwise I couldn't stand the combat and there was a lot of combat, so I really appreciated that an old man would pause the game and tell me what was going on from time to time because I had no fucking idea what was happening.Yeah, I've heard that as well. The director or whoever also left halfway through, I believe? Even then that doesn't explain everyone else just having next to no chemistry with each other. Balthier is there to say he's the "lead man" over and over but with nothing to back it up, Vaan and Penelo for reasons you stated, Fran for I guess world building for her racist species. Ashe and Basch are the only ones with any stakes or purpose.