The game is amazing, Don (from the perspective of being 3 hours in at least). Most interested in a narrative I've been in awhile now.
Edit: Did the reviews make you re-think your purchase? If so, go with your original gut feeling, because that was blown way out of proportion. The gameplay does not seem boring at all.
Same, I got in another 2 hours. I'm at around 8 hours in now and it's damn well stellar. Completely addicted already.