Re: What's the tedious stuff?
It's just a personal preference thing. I strongly dislike skill trees, loot, out-of-place puzzles, sidequests, endless collectibles, all of the Bioshock and Skyrim things that your 2018 Everygame tends to include. You mentioned God of War downthread — I was impressed by the spectacle at first, but made it about six or seven hours in before getting overwhelmed and not caring anymore.
I love the Souls games though. When a new one comes out, it takes over my brain for about two weeks.