I'm on the same boat as you guys. I think the problem in GoW is that way too many moves don't seem to respond like you want them too.
An example I remember is if you press L!+Triangle, Kratos keeps hitting non stop all day, and sometimes you just want to cancel the move so you don't get hit but you can't. This is one of the things that infuriate me. Not to mention that 70% of the enemies are brain dead.
I can't say how much more I like Bayonetta, DMC and Ninja Gaiden as opposed to other hack n'slash games.
I hope the new DMC Collection coems to PSN so I can get only DMC 3 because I certainly won't be getting this new thing Ninja Theory is making and I don't have the stomach for 1 and 2 anymore.
I wonder how did Ninja Theory ended up making a DMC game in the first place ? I mean, Heavenly Sword wasn't so bad, but it could have much better controls, and Enslaved they actually managed to make it a lot worse. I remember in the PS3 version, at least, there was a full 1 second delay between inputs, not only that but the combat was way worse by itself too.