Game was better when it was released.
Nah, same bugs, same exploits (except for the alt-attacks which came in CU1).
Difference is once you have logged 400 hours you notice the issues and the exploits (many of which are legit within the game design) because you have so much experience.
Its just the evolution of the game.
I remember that doomsday like it was 1h ago. The day before the patch and that awful day after the patch. Everything went bullshit. Hits suddenly got thru my parry. Right then the time came where we had to do a whooping 170875 degree turn to block a slash.
Even then, hits went thru.
And no, release didnt have this HUUUGE amount of breaking bugs like we have now. Torn banners literally fucked the shit up of this game