With only a few caveats, this fast paced action game is certainly worth your time. Due to the crazy action you'll need to endure and gymnastics you'll need to pull off, you absolutely need to play this game with a controller. It's doable on a keyboard, but as you increasingly need to fast-dash from one platform to another, blasting guns at enemies across the screen while doing crowd control nearby with your blade, it's just too uncomfortable and slow using the old-fashioned keyboard. It also doesn't help that the cursor used to aim can oftentimes disappear into the environment, as it's the same cursor showing where you'll dash to next. Regardless of how you play, expect to be thwarted by the controls a lot and accidentally falling off platforms when you didn't mean to, or shooting at nothing when you have precious little ammo but a lot of enemies coming at you.
While there's always a learning curve with any video game, it's worth sticking with and playing just for its amazing sense of atmosphere alone. The world positively glows and feels alive in a way many other aren't, thanks to the rippling soundtrack, marrying perfectly with the deep purples, reds, and blues in the world's color scheme. There are hidden pathways everywhere, which aren't just for show: The game's considerable difficulty forces you to be as resourceful as possible, so, exploring isn't a dalliance like in other games. You'll want to lilypad, grope, and probe at everywhere in the environment to shake loose the game's equivalent of loose change in the cushions, or small chips to power-up your various abilities. It all sounds like standard game fare, and in many ways it is, but when a refinement comes along that tweaks and balances the different elements you've grown familiar with, it rewards you for sticking with it and learning its subtleties. This is the sort of game where you'll enjoy it teaching you how to play, even if you definitely will be pretty bad at the outset. Stick with it, and it will reward you.