I have finally found a copy of the game and I am thoroughly enjoying it. The funny thing is, alot of people with better graphics cards that I have are having performance issues. Where I occasionally have a bit of lag and framerates in the 50's falling to 25 at times, they are stuttering and lagging all the time, apparently. There is a patch to fix these and other bugs. Anyway, the story is excellent so far and the graphics (from HL2 engine) are very nice...though from playing both I assure you that it is obvious who created the engine and who licensed it! HL2 is a bit more polished for sure. Some issues I have noticed: You have to add XP to your skills before you can accomplish some feats. Normally there are no problems with that, except that under this system it'll take seven or eight blasts with the Ithaca 12 ga. -head shots at point-blank range- to stop an enemy you can kill with three or four punches! That is, until you have three or more levels of Firearms proficiency under your belt...then they put buckshot in the shells instead of confetti. Don't even ask about the .38...;Q The levels are challenging and the gameplay is quite open...but that sometimes results in your finishing quests BEFORE they are assigned! I have done so twice, and can't figure out how to get credit for accomplishing them. There are several side quests (and a few main quest segments) where you cannot win. The plot revolves around your failure, so if you decide to play this title, don't let that worry you. There are some random glitches, and the combat controls are a bit lacking...these flaws, along with enemies sometimes being able to move waaaay too fast and often being too numerous or near-invincible in a fight, make you wonder if some of the battles are even POSSIBLE without God mode. This can get frustrating, but since it is running from the HL2 engine, though, I understand the cheat codes are identical for the most part. Good luck to you if you want to try Bloodlines, and let us know what you think of it if you already have it!