Finished the game last night. Now I am no game reviewer but I have to agree with some of the criticisms of this game. While the game is absolutely beautiful and the story is great, the gameplay IS repetitive in terms of advancing the story. You do the same 3-4 objectives 8 times. That's it. I know, all games are repetitive in a sense. However, for a game this big, there really is not very much to do. The last hour or two changed things up a little bit, which I was thankful for. Negatives aside, I'm very excited for the next game in this series (which the lackluster ending guarantees) because there is alot the developers got right. I thought the control scheme was brilliant. The free-run mechanic was probably the most fun part of the game for me. Once you got the hang of it, it felt almost like a rooftop driving game at times (hold RT + A and steer). In that sense, it took the Crackdown feel to a new level for me. As I already mentioned, I thought the story was pretty good; the way cutscenes are used is a bit different but I quite liked it. I could go on about things I liked or disliked but this is a game you have to play for yourself. It's very innovative in many ways, but kind of boring in others. This game has re-ignited my interest for the next Splinter Cell, especially if they use similar control techniques. Also, the obvious sequel for AC could see us playing in a VERY different environment (no spoilers) which has me excited as well. At least rent this game.