Well yes, best action game so far, hopefully we'll see a couple of contenders before the year end.
I went back to play it last night after I posted that, and I actually agree with you about something being missing. While there are some nice touches with the characters, the overall feeling is one of emptiness. It does feel a bit soulless and bland.
Still pretty good though! However I have just reached what is supposed to be the worst level in the game so my opinion may not survive....