I really want this game to be good, but they already messed it up by combining such a gameplay style with d-pad controls. I suppose they weren't really sure what they wanted to make and that's why it seems so... strange, for a lack of a better word.
There was once a story where everyone freaked out that declared Sakamoto had wanted Other M to be on rails, which we found out later meant on-rails a la Klonoa or Kirby 64. Fully 2D in plane of movement, but fully 3D in the sense of how the world is rendered. Team Ninja insisted on full 3D in this case, and what we have is the compromise.
There haven't been too many complaints about the controls from what i've read.
Monster Hunter: pissing me off since 2010.