@tobbrobb: Yeah, when I think about DmC, I think I focus more on the tone and setting rather than the combat, mostly cause I don't care about getting SSS every fight nor do I pay attention to that enough to notice, so I can see why people who come to that series because they love the combat and find it no where near as rewarding are left disappointed by it.
That's all I was really getting at. The characters and story and overall tone of DmC I don't like but I won't begrudge someone for enjoying it. There's just a lot of people who insist there's no reason anyone could dislike it besides that stuff and that "change is bad, keep it like the old ones" without ever acknowledging totally genuine criticism of the gameplay. Most of Giant Bomb staff included in that, unfortunately.
Like with alot of things, on initial release the loudest voices in the room were those with the most superficial criticisms. People who thought DmC combat was flawed were the minority compared to those who hated the game for hair color and tone changes. It is also hard to convey detailed combat critiques in 140 character which, is probably what lead most people, including GB staff, to never see them.