The first game was my #1 favorite game of all time, edging Jedi Academy. I spent way too much time on this game, man. Way too much. Invisible Judge of Anubis arsenal was my shit, same with Jump+Lightning Speed Arsenals. If you have any history playing this game on XBox Live I may have played with you.
I agree that pseudo-F2P and Microsoft's invisible hand are gonna be all over this with the whole skill unlocking and collectability of it but regardless I think this game can be amazing if they nail the gameplay. I'm already imagining offloading the destruction+physics to the cloud and hopefully allowing for more ridiculously sized stages and more fantastic effects (more than 2v2? holy shit).
They really have to nail the gameplay because that is what made this game for me -- Phantom Dust 1 focused -so- much on gameplay that other parts suffered ridiculously (first 1/2 of that campaign mode...).
I would buy a One just for this game, luckily I have a roommate to mooch off for now.