I can't talk about the controls as I don't have the game yet (waiting for the PC version
) but for me, the atmosphere is perfect. I love AO, but I'm glad that NnT is not a 1.1 remake. If I want to play AO, well, I play the original.
Plus, for me, Oddworld feel a LOT more alive with all the dialogues and the new backgrounds, and it's EXACTLY what I wanted for this game. I'm so proud of JAW, and I can't wait to see what they will do with Oddworld in the future !
Oh and I have no problems with the slig's masks. I think it was the best decision to include both type in the game.
Edit: Like I have said in an other thread, I also like all the references they have put in the game. Soulstorm brew bottles, Lulu, Splinterz, Wildum, Nolybab... It's perfectly done.