What all the hating is about.
At first, I thought that due to popular consensus, a somewhat toned down critique of lacking gameplay and story was acceptable. I thought, it's a mediocre game, pretty, but lacking.
Now that I've actually played it though. I just don't see where the hate is justified. The story is really good. The atmosphere is amazing. The acting is so incredibly high quality. There isn't a moment in this game where I think it's even a bit 'over the top', and for a serious game with no jokes that's really hard to do.
The gunplay is pretty standard and the variation in weapons is nice. My personal favorite is the small machine pistol with the crazy recoil. I love just running up and blasting a line up their torso and ending with a headshot. I'm currently 6 hours in, and I feel like due to the pacing, it'll probably be 3-4 more. So, I'm not understanding the problem with length either. I feel like people take opening chests and pulling a rope as "non-gameplay", but I'm not sure who is validating the criteria of what gameplay consists.
The levels are really well thought out as well. It's obvious that there is a lot of work put into the game. Areas that don't lead anywhere are fully designed.
I'm glad I own it. It's really a spectacle. Literally cannot understand all the hate.
I wouldnt be surprised if Microsoft fanned the flames. What exclusives does Microsoft have for the first 9 months in 2015? All M$ had to do is start a few sparks everywhere to feed the trolls and a fire ensues.
But don't worry, the thing that matters is the sales of the game. I believe/hope it is going to sell 3mil or more, with ps4 being the console war leader, it is quite possible. And if they sell this number, there is a good chance for a sequel to come out. And then we will have another franchise that is much like Uncharted to enjoy.