It's a blast. The characters are compelling and the world is so vibrant and real. The social commentary is funny and often insightful, but uneven and relentlessly cynical about just about every aspect of social life. I guess we're supposed to feel above it all. It would have been just as good a game (better, in my view) without the gratuitous darkness, meanness, vulgarity, and sociopathy. For me it was too much, and took away from the enjoyment of the game at times (and I'm hardly a prude). Overall, though, a phenomenal and awe-inspiring creation that has some real memorable high points. Loads of fun in Story Mode.