Haha, "one of the fascinating new addition to your squad is a dog. This is someone you care about." I've heard that a few times before...
So there's no Always Online, but you still have to connect online every 24 hours, way to fix the actual complaint Microsoft. The reason people were upset is because there internet connections aren't great (mine is wavy at best) so if they can't connect they can't play.
..and not being able to lend games because the lendee (that's apparently not a word according to chrome) must pay a "fee" that is as much as the game costs anyway. That may be the most aggravating thing I have ever heard. I don't want to even think about it.