I liked the Kotor Combat system. And i've played a LOT of games which had different combat systems. I see what you mean, right now there is only a tactical skill envolved in kotor combat, unlike jedi academy where your speed and your finger dexterity determines how good you are.
But that sort of combat doesnt suit Kotor, Kotor is much like Baldurs gate, how well your character does in combat depends on equipment and stats.
Generally i like to fight myself, but in Kotor i prefer to watch the nice moves, and my character crushing down the enemies without me having to do it.
After all this game is based on story and atmosphere.