I signed up after lurking for awhile just to say... I'm kind of in love with this thread. It's got humor, pathos, tragedy, comedy, barely intelligible grunting... Pretty epic stuff.
Even just for the whole arc of Mr Andy Dixon... from starry-eyed ingenue full of hope to bitter, hardened, miserable, cynical, (possibly suicidally depressed) wreck of a man. It's worth the 26 pages of forum posts just for that.
I just turned off the demo myself. The whole thing just felt... joyless. Perfunctory. (If that's a thing you can actually get a sense of in about 15 minutes or so.) I got to the zombies with guns, laughed out loud and shut it down. Granted, my opinion has been pretty poisoned against the game at this point from announcement after sad announcement. It was probably never going to win with me. I was still hoping, though...
Maybe it'll go down easier for the people who don't have a history with the series. Or those who just want to shoot things in the face. Though I doubt there will be the five million people they're say they need to justify their existence. Between BioShock Infinite, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Gears Of War: Judgement, I reckon I'll be busy enough this quarter anyway.