Being my first console game, I was expecting a punishing experience due to unfamiliarity with the controls. Instead, I discovered something that was intuitive and rewarding (although not without difficulty).
Insomniac have delivered a game with a solid narrative, and a complex yet simple combat system. There are a number of combos and gadgets that makes the button mashing of combat fun without being boring and the story is broken up into segments requiring different play styles. Smashing side missions one after the other can dampen the experience, but there's enough variation available to prevent burnout.
I've found myself ignoring the use of fast travel simply because web-slinging through the streets is a blast, the facial animations are second to none and it's one I'd really like to 100% complete. This was a blind purchase I have never come close to regretting.