We're using the Wild Talents system, and from what I can tell thus far, it looks cinematic and gritty at the same time (which is just what I'm looking for). The system is for a supers game, but we're playing a science fiction game in the far flung future. The 6 of us hashed out the setting over email, and I think it's pretty cool. Maybe I'll post a more detailed description later, but the skinny of it is this: 3 known alien races with different goals, human upstarts with transhuman abilities, the threat of a scary alien invasion on the horizon, ancient artifacts and unknown planets, and weird physics. I'm the GM, and I don't know yet exactly how all this is going to fit together. But I do know that the setting is volatile and provides opportunity for politics, exploration, and all out war. Seems like a good set up to me.
Character gen went pretty well. I like the characters so far - they each have different powers and different goals. Hopefully, we'll be able to knit all of them together with an overarching goal that they can all buy in to. In fact, I think this is crucial after our Burning Wheel sessions.
So, in short, I like the player mix so far, I like the setting we've collaboratively made, and I like the level of excitement that seems to be there. I'm hoping we can get a regular game going with some momentum, and at this point, I just want to play. Theorizing about rpgs and discussing them is all well and good (and certainly amusing), but damn the torpedos! I just want to roll some dice, blow some shit up, and put these new characters in some really tough situations.