Hoo boy, when they said this was dark and gritty, they weren't kidding. Take everything you know about film noir, only instead of using guns, use swords.
Ok, it's maybe not that close, but it's pretty darn close.
The hopefulness of this setting lays between SLA Industries and Eclipse Phase, both of which are pretty darn depressing (though at least in Eclipse Phase the uninitiated live a upper-mediocre life). It's dark, and unhappy, but at the same time that makes it rich and fulfilling. The rules are simple and the combat quick, and by the end of the day, someone will die. You, your friends, your enemies, or any combination. They'll die, it's the way life works.
There is no light at the end of the tunnel, but you'll try your hardest to get there.
[5 of 5 Stars!]