Read that the other day... I'm sorry but that pretty fucking stupid. I'm glad this time around it's a bit more versatile. You're right, it does feel better... the games play better too. Moving with the left stick feels more precise now.
Whoever said DS3 was designed for a racing game is a liar, the worst thing you can do is to use the L2 and R2 as Break and Gas, because you need to hold that squishy-slippery thing for a long time and it is near impossible.