I have heard a lot of good things about this game and decided to get it last night. Will be putting some time into it this weekend. Most of the people who I spoke with about it said that it was better than GTA in all areas except for camera orientation. This will due me til another game I am waiting on comes out.
Graphics are not as good as GTA, but other things IMO make up for the that. Loving it so far though... Totally under the radar game. I think the majority of the hate are from people that have not truly played it.