I have never seen or played the first one though now after playing the second one i would really like to. The game was really short, but since I played it through redbox I didn't really mind.
I really liked the graphics. I felt like I was playing a graphic novel. Though I suppose if your not into that kind of stuff you might not enjoy it like i did. I thought the controls were pretty solid, and the overall dark feeling of the game was really cool. Maybe I'm just biased b/c I'm a fan of Mike Patton, but hearing his demonic sounding voice scream at me while I'm ripping people apart was just an awesome experience for me.