I'll say you are a lot better player than me then =] it was quite more challenging than all the previous God modes of God of War prior.
And I know you haven't said it, but on the other thread someone said that combat is much more deep than other games because there is a lot of combos and whatnot that you need to clear on the higher difficulties... I basically cleared it with roll, parry and axe throw+arrows so not a lot of different skills and combos used (even more because most enemies will kill you while you are doing a big combo. The most I would do when getting the H&S weapon was 3 hit combos).
I don't have a problem with how hard or weak he seemed against the Norse gods, because boss battles being challenging is ok (I'm looking at you final special boss). My grieve was at how much weaker Kratos was compared to the average mob. Only at end game with level 8 I was like being able to kill a level 5 mob (level 1 wouldn't show anymore) with like 3-5 hits and taking 10 for me to die (sure could still be killed with 1-3 from level 8 mob).
Just to be clear, i played the game on "give me challege" and not "give me god of war". I tried god mode and i just gave up on the first minutes.
About kratos power "vs mobs". Yeah, i agree, kratos normal attacks are kinda weak! Mobs are just too damn tough, you realy need to use runic attacks ,stun than "R3", Executes whit axe and "Boy" or the games becomes hell! Damn 70-100 cooldown is a must, and Runic is much better than strength.
Prediction: In 5 years Nintendo will Lauch a "Core Mario game" very similar to Astro Bot. That said, many will Ignore Astro Bot existence and say Nintendo created this concept.