Graphically, it looks beautiful. A lot of the smaller companies seem to be getting better now. Gust's titles are looking great, the detail in Totori's models is very impressive. Even IF is (slowly) improving graphically, but they've never been known for change.
As for the D3 comments, I've never really understood the hate for the game. Almaz is probably the only "hero" character in the series that I've enjoyed, though admittedly, Gordon was amusing. I also found the gameplay to be the best of the bunch. I loved how they actually made more Geo puzzles. There was more thinking involved in the levels, something D1 (and to a lesser extent, D2) lacked. I never had to grind to beat the game either.
At the very least, it looks more entertaining to me than Criminal Girls.