I am an "older gamer", I grew up in the SNES generation. It didn't need to be "easy point and shoot" but this game just has so many problems I could go on for pages.
I'd respectfully disagree, I find no positive whatsoever to the messy gaggle of characters. Besides the visual nuisance, having them scatter every time you get hit and having to gather them up again is just a pace-breaking chore just like the clunky "draw the weapons" gimmick.
I grew up on Atari 2600 and your"modern" issues I had no issues with and you are literally the only person I have seen have these complaints online. So it just seems to be on your end not the game. You don't like it and that's fine but it's not the game.