Yeah I totally agree - I played it a long while after launch too though. If I’d have jumped on it at launch, so soon after City, I can see how it’d suffer from over familiarity.
If anything City needed a bit more linearity. It felt like they felt they had to cram the bigger map choc full of stuff to justify it. What I loved about Asylum (still the best imo) was how tight it was. Origins is the closest they came to recapturing that, despite it’s size.