So, not to divert back to the topic...
Bought the game during the Steam Summer Sale, beat it with about 15 hours on my initial run-through (somehow still missed like 10 voxophones...). Initial run was on easy and I never died; only came close maybe twice. So, my next run is, of course, 1999 mode.
It's actually NOT quite as hard as I expected. It's about the same as ME2 and ME3 on Insanity; lots of staying in cover, stepping out to take two shots, ducking back and waiting for shields to recharge, repeat. That said, I'm more impatient, and the additional of a Z axis has let enemies sneak up on me and slaughter me a few times, so I've died several times (and restarted at a checkpoint; no respawns and -100 Silver Eagles for me!).
I had a question about out-of-game ethics... there are some glitches you can exploit in the game, on any difficulty level, to make things easier. Right now I've just exited Soldier's Field with Shock Jockey, and there is an exploit to get unlimited money, lockpicks, and all the gear (if you put in the time). Do people think that cheapens the experience of the highest difficulty? What about the fights with the Handymen; in each of the three fights, there are ways to glitch the not-so-gentle giants so that they will just stand still and let you snipe their hearts to your heart's content. Good way to get past some difficult fights, or cheesing them lessens the accomplishment? Finally, there is a strategy to beat the Siren boss fight in under 30 seconds. Unlike the other two situations, it is a valid use of gameplay mechanics (basically making use of Charge's shield recharge, some invincibility gear, and several other gear synergies), but to do it you have to be pretty lucky with gear drops... or you can cheese it using the glitch I mentioned above.
Just curious what you all thought about it. I might do the first glitch enough times to get the gear pieces I want, but I doubt I'll glitch the Handymen unless they kill me a few times in straight combat. I'd like to try the Siren battle; it strikes me as similar to the method in DA:O, where you can blow up the high dragon in the mountains in seconds by stacking a few dozen traps and having the boss trip them all at once. I'm sure I'll cackle maniacally while doing so