Yes, despite my whining, I'm still playing. Basically, at least to me, it becomes an entirely different game and one that I'm totally reliant on guides for - what pins to get where and how to make them more effective, in order to actually beat fights that I couldn't have managed previously. "That's impossible" becomes much less so with a rack full of on-trend pins pumped to double-damage.
I still think the endgame could have been handled more smoothly to avoid player dismay.
Also, trying to hunt pin drops is very frustrating. I can just manage to take down a particular boss at hard difficulty - I can't do it with my settings pushed far enough to make his chances of dropping That One Damned Pin reasonable.