Well that was an unexpectedly weird one, Helpya.
Next has been a real love/hate for me. Gameplay seemed a mixed bag, but more positive overall. Visuals are a real sore spot for me though. I don’t hate how Next looks, sometimes the new stuff is quite beautiful. However, I do hate how the new dramatically-reduced variety replaced the old, instead of adding the new colors/styles.
I’d like to see a lot of the environmental effects you mentioned, it could really add to the atmosphere (no pun intended). I remember in Atlas Rises the screen used to flash/flicker slightly when storms started - kinda looked like lightning flashes, but I think it was unintentional. I like Next’s new cloud rendering much more than pre-Next, but would really love if they had more style variety. It would be great to see a more dynamic system that would grow more overcast as storms rolled in.