Honestly, I kind of like the remake better myself. While the cutscenes aren't as detailed, the fact they're done in-engine and not pre-rendered gives the game a more consistent look and feel. Plus it allowed for some improved cinematography in scenes that were previously done using 2D sprites. Getting Bin Shimada to play Joka was also downright brilliant.
Really, all the issues I have with it are the result of the localization and not the game itself. The name screw ups and the horrendous dub (aside from Laura Bailey and Jessica Straus' performances) are Namco's fault.