I think the graphics are better, but its really not the 2 type of games to compare graphics. The combat engine is really cool a little confusing but you can get used to it. Lvling up seems to take a lot longer(iv been playing for over 10 hours and still lvl6, granted i lag sometimes, and crash) Crashes seem to happen to often for my liking but i believe its my computer mostly. What makes it special? ITS MATRIX! duh...its a totally different world. You dont start off with a race, you get it as you move on, you can choose to work for Zion, the Machines(which arent as hostile to humans anymore), or the Meroviginians. and who you work for is not set in stone because u get reputation for doing missions for different people. As for pvp i havent tried it out yet but i believe it should be great with the combat engine. The missions become hard to beat rather quickly and require groups(or u can lvl up real high). The skill are aranged in a tier, you start off with awakened(from the matrix) and it tieres of to coder, hacker, and operative which are kind of like clases, but you can still get abilities from more than one. The money system is called information, its pretty straight forward. You get more than enough and it is really easy to get more. You have an ability memory so u have to lvl up to be able to hold more abilities.
All in all this game is great, if you like mmos, action, or just games in general you should definately buy it. It comes with a 30 day trial but u need a credit card to activate it. The pricing is pretty standard 15 bux a month but u can get quarterly subscriptions which are like 41 and yearly which is like 120 or something.
I think this is my longest post ever, so i hope it helps.