I just picked this up on sale from the Humble Store. I played a bit of Returns, and thought it was interesting but didn't stick with it long enough to form a real opinion about it. Just played the opening mission tonight, and I'm really liking what I'm seeing.
I am realizing that I need to use my brain a little bit. I died like 3 times. Haven't played very many games like this so it's new to me, but I had a lot of fun and the story set up is pretty good and very well written. Looking forward to seeing more.
@radleyduder: Agree 100%. Understanding now that it's actually a 6 fret guitar, I actually think the controller design the gameplay result is really fantastic. Actually playing guitar myself, the second row will absolutely help make it "feel" more like guitar playing (as much as hitting a plastic button can come to fretting strings).
But I am not into the FMV thing, for the reasons you said. I loved the customization of my characters, or even just the option to choose them from a set roster. And unless the FMV is only for some of the songs, I can see it definitely limiting the amount of content they can provide.
Hopefully it works out, because I am genuinely impressed by the controller redesign, and want it to succeed for that reason alone. But i dunno...
As much as the "buddy club" in indie development bothers me at times, at least I can empathize with that kind of thing, because it's easy to see how it can happen without meaning to. This stuff though? This is straight up, cold blooded, blatantly anti-consumer marketing.