It is in a lot of respects (you simply jiggle your Wiimote when you want to attack, jiggle your nunchuck when you want to do a spin attack, etc.) though later on in the game, you learn more attacks where you get to use the two controllers a bit better (for instance, one of the first early moves you learn is the shield bash, where you have to move your nunchuck forward toward the screen.)
There's also fishing, which makes full use of both the Wiimote and nunchuck.
But yeah, I would agree with Gamespot, it does seem a bit tacked on, they had a lot potential to improve on the controls. I was disappointed to learn that they took out the previous bow and arrow setup, where you actually had to taut back your Wiimote before you could shoot an arrow out; that would've add quite a bit of immersion by itself if it was left in the game.