Sin & Punishment is, by today's standards, a unique gaming experience... in spite of the fact that, at its core, it is a callback to the days when video games were about a solid arcade experience. Most of the game is structured as a rail shooter (to me the classic example is Panzer Dragoon) in which you control your dodging with the joystick while you aim at the screen and shoot using the remote. There's plenty of stuff to shoot at and plenty of stuff to dodge as you, an agent for a nefarious organization, decide to defy orders and protect a "dangerous" nonhuman woman instead of killing her as instructed.
-Tons of arcade goodness. Just plain old shoot 'em up fun straight out of 1995.
-Although a rail shooter at its core, the game mixes in some 2D side scrolling action once in a while to keep things fresh.
-Interesting setting: a sci-fi dystopian future in which the earth has long since been ravaged by war and is now populated by monsters and futuristic armies.
-Choice of two playable characters with different abilities.
-2 player coop option. Ability to switch between 1 player and 2 player between missions.
-Adjustable difficulty level.
-The story is interesting, but underdeveloped. This game is all about the action, not spending a lot of time fleshing out what all is going on.
-It's a bit short (just a few hours of gameplay if you don't get stuck) with limited replayability. Good for a rent only.
-In 2 player coop mode, the 2nd player has no onscreen avatar, no ability to dodge, no health gauge, and only the basic "machine gun" attack. They're really just tagging along with the 1st player's game.
-Although this game would have made a big splash if it had come out in 1995, younger gamers may be unaccustomed to this type of gaming experience.
In summary, I had a lot of fun with this game. If you used to play rail shooters back in the day (or you'd like to see what the genre is all about), definitely rent it.
game starts off slow i found it boring and when u play two player u cant use the other person 2nd player just shoots and cant power shot or jump or nothing wasnt the game for me. It really was a pain to play