Terrific review. It's definitely a game that gets under your skin. A while ago I wrote a book about a guy who gets obssessed with Demon's Souls. I mention it because therearerules' impressions remind me of my time writing the book and the kind of absorption I felt for that game, and this.
If anyone here wants a free copy just PM me as my publisher is asking me to get the word out to the gaming community and I've been a bit lax in that regard (in exchange for a review).
Sorry for the plug but it just reminded me of some of the themes I was interested in. Plus there's loads of videogame Easter eggs too. Metanaut refers to a boss that was left out of the game.
Described as, "a whirring blend of Lovecraft, Banks and Cline."
Just PM me if you fancy a copy.
Anyway, plug over back to death.