First impressions are very important when it comes to making a game, and when it comes to this one, it isn't hard to see why a lot of people dismiss it as a "meh" game: Combat is rather simplistic, the story clearly is about the evils of racism and how it ruins communites, and infamously about how it feels nothing like what it claims to be paying homage to.
But then you play a little more, and you see that the game touches down on more than just racism during your 5-7 hour adventure. It will delve into the dangers of excessive paranoia and fear of the unknown, tell the story of a man who wastes his life away at the bar instead of trying to solve all his problems like a man, and of course that there is nothing wrong with helping someone that you normally aren't really friends with.. In dark times, even the bullies that pester you need your help, and in turn can become a close friend.
Combat, while it still is button mashy, at least gets a bit more interesting as you progress through the game, getting new powers that allow you to switch it up a bit, such as the power to stun a large enemy so you can deal a critical blow from behind, or even cause them to suddenly start running in fear off of a cliff or into spiked bushes of death. Late in the game there is even some enemies that require you to vary your attacks in order to beat it, so you can't just button mash your whole way, as well as the fact that sometimes you need to use a later-earned ranged attack to deal with other threats, giving you something different besides jush mashing the left mouse button.
However, the game most certainly is no Banjo & Kazooie or Jak and Daxter, what with the collection element of the game being completely optional and only used for small bonus content, nothing really big (unless you like lookin at concept art), and the platforming being mostly simplified (I say mostly, because there still is a few segments that require your input, such as jumping during rail grinds and the general timing of platforming). Rather, this is more of a 3D semi-platformer bawler of sorts, and for the kids, I think it is a fairly decent little game. Not only does it leave you to ponder a few things afterwards about the content it tackles, but it also is a fun title full of life and personality, and a few chuckles here and there.. For the hardcore sort, however, maybe you might wanna look elsewhere, because while there is some challenge in this game, I don't think it'll be enough to keep more serious gamers engaged for long, as indicated again by the negative reputation this game sadly has.