Well I played soul hackers until 4am this morning. A good night indeed!
I agree with the review for the most part. I have very little experience with other first person dungeon crawlers to contrast this with but in the realm of what I have experienced thus far in the SMT franchise I would not go so far as to say this title is stellar. That isn't to say I'm not enjoying it. Actually I think I am going to
try to make this the first 3ds game I actually get through (saying something big there....).
It felt reeeeal slow to start but once it got going, and I was no longer intimidated by the mechanics, things became far more enjoyable. Speaking of intimidating the newb (such as I am), that is one problem I have soul hackers. This game really does not hold your hand at all. I feel as though they took for granted anyone playing would already pretty familiar with the nuts and bolts of the title. A minor gripe really but they could have at least gave you an instruction booklet with the game!
I really enjoy the gameplay in battle. This is turn based combat that can be executed at mach-3 if you wish. Good stuff.
Lastly the music... A total mixed bag for me here. I love some tracks thus far. I disagree with the review on that note and have felt a few of the numbers to be reeeeal catchy. However, in contrast (particularly in dungeons) you have some extremely droney audio to endure. The drone of the tunes sets an appropriate mood for me but just is not aligned with my personal taste what-so-ever.
I cannot comment on the narrative as of yet as I am not far enough in to judge but I will say this... Thus far it is what is keeping me going :)
EDIT: I also want to add one thing about the voice-overs... hands down some of the creepiest voice acting for demons ever... freakin' awesome and very fitting.