Looked like exactly my bag, but I was put off by the reviews. Today I decided to give it a chance and so far I'm enjoying it.
This is ten minutes from my first hour.
The choppiness and synchronisation issues are down to the video encoding for some reason. It didn't play like that (although the frame rate isn't rock solid when maxed out) and was really quite nice to look at. You don't notice most of the criticisms levelled at this game if you're not looking for them.
Just need to get to grips with the handling a bit more.