DMC1's battle system is just...really bad compared to 3 and 4
the main point of the series is combat.
honestly i recently replayed the series and 3 and 4 are much better games than the first two.
DMC1 still has nice atmosphere and interesting enemy / stage design but i don't feel like that's enough to save it from the uncooperative camera and lackluster combat. play through that game again...those who think it's a masterpiece...DMC1 has not aged well at all.
I'm replaying a mix of dmc1,3, and 4 right now 1 is by far the best followed by 3. 4 is just tedious 3 hours or so in and 2/3 of the time has been spent on cutscenes. --- "The Bible is probably the most genocidal book ever written." Noam Chomsky