I want to love this game. I love turn/semi-turn based tactical shooters/RPG's. (and have been playing them since ones like Xcom and MOM, or even the 'Gold Box' series for the C-64 were originally released).
It's a great concept/start. And while the same ~9 male or female faces, and running around to various cities asking tons of people the same questions does get tiring - I am more than willing to forgive those little things.
You REALLY need to add the community mods (Blue Sun Mods, SilverGirls mods - Thanks SG & Thrillseeker)- which add a LOT. But, imho, they can't overcome the insane inconsistent game mechanics.
The cameara will drive you insane. Regardless of the events settings. No matter how you set the camera settings - you will be moving the camera around manually a LOT (especially elevation). And you will find that the game will not always move the camera to the appropriate character - even if you have that enabled. I can't count how many times I've lost someone because they were waiting for someone to enter their view (it's even happened to two characters with one standing behind one kneeling), but were shot by someone in plain sight (and we're talking 5 feet in front of them) because the camera never moved to them or the game selected them. (and yes - those were set in the settings.) And trying to view/move into buildings is insane. You have to get them into a doorway (and if they pause - you're dead) or zoom down incredibly close which then looses area 'context'. (If you can even do, because the camera won't 'back up' past the edge of the battle field...)
Then there's the 'action'. Or attempting to figure out how to consistenly 'pause' the action when required. You invariably screw yourself because you go to pause, only to unpause it becuase the game just paused it before you tried to pause it. (Get it?) And, you tried to pause it because one of your characters was in 'no action' mode so that you could have another character do something else first, but the moment was lost because the game autmatically started the action again once you assigned a task to the first character. (And, seriously, every little millisecond in this games MATTERS) There should at least be an option to let you either UNPAUSE automatically - or manually. (Like after you've assigned orders to ALL non-active allies).
And then ther's the issue of the computer constantly 'cheating'. Like ALWAYS being able to position characters PERFECTLY around corners/doorways so that you can't hit them (trying to do the exact same thing) while they smoke your people. (And there is a 'jump-areound-the-corner', shoot, and move back, but you REALLY need to micromange camera and time for that character, and it usually doesn't work anyway, because when you pop around they get shots off before you do, or because it decides to have your chaaracter face a completely different direction than the previous one, or two, or... And because your character HAS to turn to face before they START to shoot, well, you're dead.
Other irritating items:
Characters will die after being notifed that they were only shocked (no damage), or sustained very little damage (head, with helmets) or otherwise. Have seen no damage hits to heads (with helmets) kill characters many times.
Characters could be in the middle of throwing a grenade when a NPC gets near them, tries to pass, etc., and the player character will stop whatever they are doing to move ("pardon me miss, I was just trying to kill the bad guy"...) AND, sometimes they move back (and you MIGHT be able to stop it). And sometimes they don't.
You will select Snap Shot for speed, and it does an Aimed shot anyway. Or you select Aimed - but then you can't aim. (And I am talking about tens of times from the exact same save point - not different circumstances).
Allies cannot shoot (even when barrel shows it extends past) or throw objects through walls. Enemies can. (Even when they are far away from it).
Or, you're in a crouched position, and you can't stand. (Like, behind a bar counter, which you need to - to be able to shoot the bad guys, but thery're blasting your head away meanwhile...)
Forget trying to get past the Top Secret mission. It will take you hours and hundreds of attempts. (In a bar with 'innocents, and the enemy can get off 10 shots for each one of yours. You can even trow grenades from behind the bar (ducked down) without those characters getting picked off - or the grenades going everywhere else, yadda... (I still haven't - and have tried all kinds of ideas, including shooting/grenading first, trying to lead out of the bar, yadda...)
And while you can get it at an excellent price, I believe there are other similar games at the same price point that aren't anywhere near as frustrating.
This game does have the potential to be an awesome one. But it needs some serious work. Save your money. And your time. And your sanity. Especially 'casual' gamers.