People who say that PW controls like shit are literally out of touch with the HD version. It has modern non PSP controls.
I played that version and think it controls like shit. So that is not true.
I'm curious then, what's your opinion on MGS 4/Gears of War/other third person games with extremely similar controls?
They're fine? It's mostly the awkward lock-on, and things like having to press a button to get into cover, just the weird stuff that isn't in the other MGS games. I really couldn't stand the controls and interface.