The match drop mechanic seemed to work fine for me, I don't recall having any issues with that.
I've personally never been truly scared by any film, TV show or video game, so for me a game not being scary isn't a negative.
Don't remember what my strategy I used for the final boss, for Laura I mainly used ice bolts to freeze her so I could hit her with explosives and also used incendiary bolts occasionally.
Favorite weapon was definitely the crossbow because of the different types of bolts all being fun to use.
I don't remember using stealth that much in the game(mainly cause i'm a guy who prefers shooting everything over being sneaky) so I can't really say whether or not it's viable for every level, but it did come in handy a few times.