I suspect the real reason for the backlash against CC is that most of the people going into it had really strong memories of playing CT when they were younger and associated that game fondly with childhood and simply didn't like having something that they perceived as fucking with their childhood.
I hate arguments like this because there is no way to disprove it, but that doesn't mean it's right
. Cross has serious issues. I don't think it's a horrible game or anything and there are a few things it does quite well, but that's no reason to gloss over the problems and attribute all negative sentiments about it to some sort of CT nostalgia. CC has a confusing and poorly told story, way
too many irrelevant characters who join your group for the flimsiest of reasons and are never seen again, and a boring and too easy combat system. Personally I played CT when it was brand new but for whatever reason I never got around to playing CC until like 2008 or something. By that time I could barely even remember a lot of the details about CT, let alone how CC fucked with them. CC fails on its own merits.