I haven't played the original (yet....I really need to start it, don't ya think? lol) but I had always heard awesome things about it and when I first saw the trailer for this game a few years back I knew I had to have it! And let me say, I couldn't have been more happy of my choice of picking this up (which I got day 1, something I do for very few games).
The only thing that still takes me some getting use to w/ playing is the whole 'first-person' view & shooting, I have to say that is really my only annoyance--but that is largely because I don't really play those types of games that often--I more so favor 3rd person ones--due to the fact that sometimes it can make a bit disoriented, vision-wise, if I have to do fast moving actions (in-game). Plus, let's say 'shooting' ain't really my forte, either.
But w/ this kind of game, I love the fact that I don't have to really play it that way (gun-ho crazy, that is). Don't get me wrong if get myself into a situation where I gotta let the ammo fly then I do what I gotta do, lol, but it's also so refreshing when I can simply just creep around a big shoot out and get to where I need to be in one piece.
Needless to say, can I just flat-out say how much I'm sooo enjoying every moment of this game?? Because I seriously am, lol. I'm not nowhere near finished w/ my first playthru yet (don't pick....I like taking my time, lol) but I just can't say enough about it! Hell, I know I'm not even halfway through it yet and I've already probably sank in well over 20-30+ hrs so far, in some instances playing over 10 hrs straight in one day. And I'm not EVEN gonna go into the few all-nighters I pulled play this (when I should of probably been sleep, getting ready for work the day that followed).....
I think I've just found my new game-crack, y'all. :P