Anyone who complains about the use of the companion app has obviously not even PLAYED this version of the game yet. You need to try something yourself before you can give an informed review.
The app really streamlines the whole experience, as you don't get bogged down by the minutiae of setting everything up and making changes to the board. The app gives clear instructions that almost anyone can follow. This really speeds things up so that players can focus on the story of the scenario instead of the logistics.
Some have complained that you don't get much bang for the buck. I completely disagree with that because a.) the quality of the game and the components more than justifies the price to me, b.) the scenarios have subtle variations, especially when you alter the number of players in the game, thus increasing the game's replay value, and c.) optional expansions can introduce new characters for use with the core scenarios, also increasing the game's replay value.
My wife and I are not huge horror fans (to each their own). However, I borrowed this game from a friend to see if she and I would like it and because it is currently out of stock almost everywhere. We both LOVED it because it plays more like a mystery novel than a horror movie. And with the co-op mechanic, we aren't competing with each other, so my wife can enjoy it as much as I enjoy a great 4-X strategy game.
I am planning on buying this as soon as it's back in stock and gifting it to my wife. I know that she wants to own it, too.