Summary: Average game. Felt that this type of "black magic in New Orleans" themed HOG was done before. This one was just as uninteresting as the other one. The graphics were pretty nice but I agree with most reviews that playing the game felt clunky, cryptic & at times weird & bizarre. There was a map but it didn't do much except it indicated the location of the player at the time & the map of the whole place.
Summary: I am so surprised this game got such bad reviews. There are, of course, better games out there but I nearly missed this solid game. There was the usual evil to be defeated by searching a nearly empty town, cemetery and sewer system for items to prepare potions as weapons. I didn't much care for some of their mini games but am glad to have spent several hours of good gaming. "Same old" but solid IMHO.
Summary: I played the CE demo and liked it enough to wait for the SE and buy. Didn't find this game as lousy as apparently many others around here did. Granted, preposterous storyline made no sense, but I'm totally used to that. HO adventure was pretty standard fare, but music was okay, hunts were fair, some good animations and not impossible traipsing around a bunch of places getting lost. So average and acceptable overall.