I really enjoyed this game. The combat is not as hardcore and skill intensive as DMC3/4, but it's still very enjoyable and as a whole this game is way better made than the previous games. The story and presentation are leaps better (although some of the dialogue is still kind of stupid, they kind of paid homage to the series in that way I guess). I've already got 100% completion on every level, beat all the secret mission, and am replaying the game on Son of Sparda difficulty and I can't recall liking any of the previous games enough to do all the extras. I pretty much played through the story and was done. They've also set this up for what would be a kick ass sequel if it ever gets made (sales are not on the same level as DMC4 apparently from multiple sources. It opened up at #1 in the UK last week, but sales were 1/3 of DMC4 and this game was developed in the UK). Everyone saying reviewers were paid off, I've loved the series from the beginning and this game along with DMC3 are the top of the series honestly. I think overall, this game is the most complete, but DMC3 has the best combat and a close second on presentation with the story etc.
Edit: I forgot to mention how much better the level design is compared the rest of the games as well. Literally no back tracking, the platforming is much better and utilizes the surroundings much better, and hardly no annoying puzzles that slow the game to a screeching halt. Don't get me wrong, I like puzzles when done right, but in a fast paced game like this it gets annoying when all you want to do is smash some face. The pacing is just SO much better.