I certainly like the game a lot, and as someone who's played a shitton of it for a long time its controls are pretty decent,
but for the average shlep who's not played before, the controls are in fact kind of jankass.
It is the most 'game' kind of 3d platformer though and I think that does make it great; the whole crux of it is the gameplay, and 'the game is fun.'
The fact that people are constantly making genuinely well designed mods for it is great too, and you can always count on a Simpleflips competition to bring in a burst of good romhacks.
I do wish we could have a game like 64 with the sheer sleekness of Odyssey's controls though.