Yeah actually it kind of is, especially in the free-roaming parts. If the entire game were like stage 1 (before you get to the free-roaming part), my opinion of the gameplay would be much higher. And the weird health bar thing drags it down as well. It tries to be complex in an area where there is no need to be. The game just isn't that fun, but it's fun to look at. I'd rather watch someone play than play myself, and I'm pretty good at videogames. It's just typical overthinking of the design back in the day by a western developer.