I've also enjoyed DmC more than the originals and I started with DMC1 on the PS2 and I'm pretty good in DMC3, not so much in DMC4.
Despite the game being easier, I think the overall package is better in this one (story, dialogue, graphics design, controls, camera, soundtrack, etc).
I agree with you completely. Ninja theory made a hell of a great game. I would even go as far as proclaiming it a GOTY candidate. It is disappointing that the game is not selling so well. Though this is primarily because dmc fans wanted the old dante. However, this is not NT's fault. Capcom asked them to reboot the franchise completely. And they certainly did it with style.