Having read some of the very conflicting reviews about this game, I thought at just over £7 inc postage it was worth a chance.
Item delivered in less than 24hrs (Wow!). My PC set up is on Windows XP with all updates and a good Nvidia graphics card.
On the back of the game it doesn't mention XP as a platform - OK, give it a whirl and see what happens. There is a clear, seperate paragraph that tells you that internet and a Steam account is required, so if you don't like Steam, you have been given the warning - send it back unopened.In many years of gaming I have never had any problems with Steam and don't understand the fuss about them .
From putting the disc in to having the game on screen and starting to sort out the options took 21 minutes,with no problems at all using XP. To me this is quite acceptable. I opted for game controller , using my X-Box contoller, with default settings and 16x anti aliassing the game plays rock steady at 60fps. If you want there are dozens of cheat codes and the console access is quick and easy to set up. For the few I have tried they work perfectly.
Game play is crisp, well defined with great shadow effects.You can save anywhere which is good for the tricky bits. Vibration feedback on the controller is exactly right - the chain saw in particular.
So, overall, no complaints at all, a good, graphically pleasing game with some scary moments - what more do you want for such a low price ?