Yeah, I definitely can agree that DEEN's attempts of sticking elements from other routes into Fate were off-putting. Though I think they could hypothetically still go the way of universalism, if only they had made those elements more suggestive instead of plainly cuttig off fragments of other routes and desperately trying to fit them where they don't belong. You know, like making hints about Archer's true character like it was done in the VN route itself (I think it was that one scene when he briefly spoke with Shirou about his ideals at night) or perhaps providing a little bit more elaborate reasoning behind Shinji's participation in The Holy Grail War than in the VN. Then it could've been a nice tour to Fate/Stay Night as a whole, which wouldn't spoil anuthing but rather encourage people to read the VN in order to figure out all remaining mysteries. But even then, given what we have in reality, I still believe that it could have been a lot more enjoyable if it wasn't for the visuals. I mean, now that I recall all other anime from that period I have seen, I can agree that maybe they really aren't that bad in little portions, but when the director's imagination reaches its climax in unforgettable Archer vs Lancer fight, scene at the ruins, CGI dragon allegory, etc. their subpar quality becomes quite transparent. And the thing is that Fate is filled with climatic - or just epic - moments to the brim, so in the end I got to find myself at a loss for at least half the run, and honestly I believed that was the case with other people as well. But oh well, maybe I'm just to exacting.>I haven't watched the Ufotable adaptations of the UBW and Heaven's Feel routes yet
Well, they are far from perfect too, but I found them more pleasing visually and more cohesive plot-wise, especially UBW, which I personally consider to be the best adaptation of all three. So good luck with that.>after I finish ataraxia
Now that was a great VN sigh... I think I liked it just as much as FSN, although they are very different. Plot aside and characters aside, the minigames were surprisingly quite good, and soundtrack was on point too (as well as hundreds of its nice remixes like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0ZYNwvVn2w
). Plus, HA explores some secondary characters in more depth than FSN, so even despite being all SoL at firts glance, it still stays true to its roots, somewhat. Like I said, it's a really good VN. So have fun!