The OXM review was very brief, and most of their problems seemed to just be with the style and speed of play - which to be true to the original I don't think you should penalize it for. One of their minuses though was the thin season mode.
danforth - have you already bought the full version then? How does the season look to you? Can you have multiple saves? Create-a-player? Depth of stats? Weather?
I only had the original and one of the very last versions, so I don't know what features were standard for the version this remake is based on. I think the very last two editions were fantastic though - most of the features of today's games (seasons, trades, injuries, create-a-player, decent stat tracking, etc) with the classic Tecmo gameplay.