i really enjoy this game, its great! deckbuilding is good, credit/click mechanics etc.
what makes me disappointed:
during runs and on the opponents phase there isnt ANY form of interaction, the only factor you got is the derezed ice as a suprise. thats making the game a bit boring after a bunch of games. there is no forth and back your only doing your stuff, and end your turn without any forms of interaction. no events no action no nothing to do on opponents turn to distract etc. this is the BIG BIG bonus of AGOT, magic or legend of the five rings and i am really missing this aspects…..the game is so predictive….
I think it's more of a head game if anything as well as the points made by hobb3. The fact that it IS NOT a symmetrical battle makes it different from the other typical card games, so right there you need to look at it with different eyes.
Yes, you don't exactly have the options of freely choosing turtle vs. offense in a particular game (unless you choose before the game who you're going to play), but strategy is way more involved. You're constantly thinking 3,4, or 5 steps ahead.
In addition, this game just came out. AGOT, Magic, L5R…those games have VERY deep card bases, which allow for infinite combinations of decks. Out of a basic box (considering a starter deck in CCG's), there is a very solid strategic options with Netrunner, other CCGs are more or less basic run and gun decks with a very low level of strategy.
BUT I see your point. Once you've committed to a side, you're doing that for the rest of the game. In addition, interaction is limited, but there is something to be said about limited interaction; there are a lot of Euro games (little to no interaction) that are very well done.
Again, not a typical card game and I'm surprised that with all the CCG symmetrical card games out there, it's the father of Magic that creates something completely different.
So I guess it's more of a preference. If you're not too hot about ANR, then AGOT, Magic, and L5R are still alive and kicking. As for me, I can't wait to see what's next.