I have to say that reading your review I actually wondered if I was playing the same game. Bought it today, and it wouldn't run (kept crashing after 1 min). Then I updated the Games for Windows, and it does now run, though the sound is f**ked.
Cinematic? Maybe if it were 5 years old. It has a couple of nice graphical touches, to be sure, but it suffers from boring world detail. Also, how can you recommend a game that's all about shooting when you say the combat sections are lacking (which I agree with you, oh so much)? Max Payne was cinematic, there was a game that got combat right.
I only paid £20 for it thankfully, as if I had paid more I would have felt completely robbed. Suzy, I'm disappointed that you can't see past the graphics to the mediocrity of this game. It further reinforces my belief that we are experiencing a serious lack of gameplay in the titles of today. When did people forget that they're supposed to be fun?
I remember when all these fields were blue.