Base management strategy is key to this game and the interplay between these activities and the missions themselves is the core gameplay loop of XCOM2.
The moment-to-moment interactions with NPCs are certainly funny and the partner characters who join you throughout the game are the key elements which make the story worthwhile.
This version of the Mushroom Kingdom matters to me a little more now because I was given the responsibility of putting it back together.
Depending on the boss what actions are going to be most effective will change, and the way you move will be altered by their abilities.
At their best, extended challenges allow the heroes to put their unique traits on display while still working together as a team towards a single common goal.
If you choose to play the game at a higher difficulty, Bug Fables gives you the tools you need in order to have a fighting chance at doing so.
The fun is in creating small puzzles with the monsters where they show off their unique strategies, allowing the players to be challenged in short but sweet bursts.
The weird contradiction of 7th Sea is a game that in its attempt to give you more freedom instead creates structures that restrict your creative freedom.