Thank you for breaking out the stamps. This CastleVania ripped off too much and did nothing to help the series. SotN at least broke the franchise out of its side scroller rut, but I realize that "MetroidVania" isn't what they want to continue doing either. If they keep running with this Dracula being the real Dracula, they're going to get a lot of raised eyebrows.
While all your points are pretty much spot on...I'm still having a blast with it. I don't find it to be a bad imitation of God of War(mostly because I only played #3 at a friend's house for about an hour). The combat works for me, the camera mostly focuses on what I need to see, and I love the scenery so far. I was actually just booting it up when I saw that you posted this video. Weird.
Just to add some pros to the experience...I think the Voice Acting is pretty good, and its certainly an enjoyable experience thus far. A lot of creature variety and nothing is feeling particularly dragged out surprisingly.