I didn't like it at first, it grew on me, and I couldn't put it down at the end. The combat is a tiny bit more button mashing than NG (which is still supreme king), but it also needs to 'click', and you'll be having a whole lot of fun then!!
It has its faults, but it doesn't deserve the beating it gets...
ANd I actually got really pumped on the music, especially the menu music rocked! ... But then, that is quite subjective apparantly
PS Search for the older thread, it had some good insights.