D-Pad can be kinda awkward to use for special attacks and very little interaction between the character and her world.
It's a good fun game, but I would like it better if they actually showed the events that lead to the colony being wiped out.
Also, some character developement would be good, between Vanessa and other characters (i.e. before she reaches the destroyed colony).
The game has taken quite a beating from reviewers, but their opinion is just a guide, as is mine...so don't be put off too easily by anything you hear.
Overall, this game is well worth the money, as it is very replayable, has a unique battle system, great graphics and engaging combat scenes.
A 'MUST HAVE' for any GameCube owner