played for the first time, so no nostalgia clouding things...
+ Jade is indeed an excellent character, and certainly one of the best female video game characters about
+ a decent story as well, simple, but effectively told
+ one button combat system suited the game very well
+ shooting things with a camera rather than a gun was a good change of pace
+ collectibles were fun, rather than annoying (possibly the first time I've ever said that about a game)
- the camera was exceptionally dodgy, making the stealth sections spectacularly frustrating difficulty spikes, entirely due to the camera
- it wasn't always clear what I was supposed to be doing next, and whilst a Dead Space style blue line is overkill, a little more assistance with pathfinding would be useful (I had the same issue in Half Life 2, so I guess this might be one of the subtler advances this generation of games)
- save points really aren't a good idea, particularly when the game crashed completely at least 4 or 5 times
- final boss fight is awful, just an exercise in frustration, particularly as the last checkpoint means a bit more replaying than would be ideal
Glad I've played it, and I can see why it's a minor cult favourite, but it's not a game I have any desire to replay whatsoever. Suspect the sequel (if it ever arrives) will solve the technical issues that were my main problem with the game though.