I have to say, that I was expecting the worse when I first started playing this game. As an old school gamer from the Nintendo and Sega era, this game has a special place in my heart. And I they didn't disapoint me. At least not totally. The graphics are really good and the story line is epic. But I still only rated this game a 6 becuase of the frustation of breaks in the fight to solve multiple puzzles to move foward in levels and defeat bosses. I did play the game from begin to end and really enjoyed it, but it wasn't as mind blowing as I hoped.
I would agree with others, and state that this is a clone of Dante's Inferno, which in itself was disappointingly terrible clone of GoW. But even worse, it should have been called Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Journey. The characters, environments, and story feel like they were plucked from a sub-story of middle earth. And just to prove the point, there's even a character named Galdonfini, voiced by a majestic British actor (Captain Picard). Camera issues, and ambiguous combat scenes with repetitive characters, and a ton of unnecessary button combos add to the frustration.
Although they did a good job on the music and sound, it is not enough to help the rest of the game. The worst part is that they created a game where no matter how hard you try to care about the story and/or lead (Gabriel Belmont), you just don't. The story does not pull you in, and you feel no sympathy for any of the characters. I guess I am going to have to wait a little longer for that SOTN sequel.