it is cel-shaded, bu it's more of a hybrid 3rd-person adventure/platformer type game. u can do all kinds of cool stuff like slow down time. deflect bullets, etc. I haven't played the demo, but this is my most-anticipated game for GCN. to borrow the phrase from the ikaruga box "my frothing demand for this game increases" I fear if I should ever play the demo, my head may spontaneously combust due to over-stimulation, I want this game now!!!