My first impressions
Last night I finally got around to downloading the game and trying it out. I immediately came across a game breaking bug. I realize the game isn't gold yet and so will ignore that little fact for this post. Once I managed to get past that and actually got the game going the way it was supposed to go I actually found myself having quite a bit of fun, but the controls were definitely annoying me.
About the controls, I have no problem with Arcen changing the scheme from the first game, and I have no problem with what they changed it to (after tweaking button setup on my 360 pad). The problem I do have is the fact that as of right now the controls are just...bad. Not the setup, but the actual control. It's strange and hard to explain but something is off. The sensitivity perhaps, I'm not sure. It's unplayable (IMO) with the analog sticks and so I had to use the crappy d-pad, and the keyboard controls were even worse. Hopefully all this will be fixed.
Moving on, the game setup seems extremely simple to me, since I played the first game. I may be wrong since I haven't got very far at all into the game, but it definitely seems dumbed down. The thing is however that I don't really consider "dumbed down" to be a negative if it adds to the fun factor of a game. Time will tell if this is the case with this game.
The jumping animations are pretty bad and I really miss the flipping of the previous game, and the running animations of a couple of the characters was just plain goofy.
The simplification of the skill system is obvious, but not really a bad thing in my mind since in the previous game I pretty much stuck with the same skills through the whole game, only levelling them up when I could.
Love the music and sound, and the look of the game is pretty much exactly what I expected.
All in all, I am cautiously excited about this game since I loved the first one so much. I haven't seen anything yet that I would consider a "deal breaker". My main concern is that I hope they tweak the controls quite a bit, but even if they don't I'm sure I'll learn to deal with it.