I don't think anybody wrote this game off on terms of innovation, or lack thereof. On the contrary, Rahul is clearly interested in it because he thinks it'll bring a little innovation.
No, I'm not playing it merely because the sole object is to murder people. I don't care what kinds of new murdering innovations are made available by this game, or how enlightened and visionary the development team is. The idea of murder as sport is disgusting, and that anyone would want to situate themselves in this role, even virtually, is beyond my comprehension.
I'm much more comfortable murdering soulless, innocent plantlife. I can't tell you how many broods of Pikmin I've killed off.