I was the exact same, it's a bit more tedious, but more realistic. I like how it works, to be honest.
I'm currently inside the volcano trying to get to the temple - took a bit of a break that lasted longer than anticipated.
My own impressions so far, are that it is an amazing game, I love the new characters, the layout is fantastic and the item screens are great once you get used to them. I met with Batreaux, and he seemed a bit.... fruity. Haha, I like his character - the sidequest involved with him should be a fun one. I. LOVE. THIS. GAME.
I had ONE issue - fighting Ghirarim for the first time, the 1:1 was pretty much spot on, however pointing the sword skyward took ages, and I had to really strain my arm a few times to get it activated, but he was a simple boss once I got my timing down.