First of all, I'm playing this game for the story, not the graphics, not the killer FPS deathmatch style, the story. I played SS2 and Deus Ex (which are kinda in the same type of 'series') and loved them both, so I'm coming into this game as a fanboy.
What I've seen so far I mostly like. The graphics are beautiful, the story is rich and exciting right from the start, the sidequests are a lot of fun, and the AI is smart (well, there are some little things).
The only real thing that I havne't liked is the stungun. I'm not into blowing everyone to bits until they piss me off. At one point, I'm getting double teamed by two people. Being the nice guy, I decide to put them down with a stungun. So I sneak up to this chick, and stun her right in the face. She gets all electrocuted-like, but is still up, so I give her a second to the face. By this time, her buddy is taking potshots at me, so I put her between me and him, so if he fires, he's shooting her. The nice AI knows this, and he gets to higher ground where he won't harm his mate (nice!). She recovers, so I hit her again in the face with a stun gun. Getting a bit peeved, I just start rapidfire stunning her... six damn times! I eventually say "screw this", pull out a pistol and one shot in the face = death. Come on! Deus ex was great in the fact that you can go through the ENTIRE GAME without killing someone. After getting a dartgun, I'm finally able to put people down non-lethally in a non-ammo wasting way. But the stun gun ignorance is the only thing I didn't like in the game.
The game is based off of decisions, it looks like. Which makes great replayability. Right now I'm faced with my first. Either go with the WTO, or going a religious sect known as The Order. I think I'll be going the WTO route. But I am having too much fun on sidequests (whacking a lawyer for a nightclub, but distorting money from him before giving him the ol'bullet in the back of the skull). Picking a fight with thugs while security bots are around was a neat little tactic of mine to get some nice firepower (thugs had shotguns on them). And I'm going down to the slums to kill a coffee shop that's threatening the business of the 'new age' coffee shop on the rich side of town.
Yeah, I'm a criminal that doesn't like killing people unless I'm being paid too
Another neat thing is hearing news stories about JC Denton (the guy you play in DeusEx1). Looks like they are giving him a little of all three endings (you had three options on how to end the game in Deus Ex1), which really pays tribute to those that loved the first one.
So I'm really excited to get back into it tonight. So far, its been worth my $50, but as I mentioned before, I'm a fanboy and am playing the game mostly for the story.
So there you have it AC. Only question is why did you AC and not post under your real name?