Shouldn't matter if it's better or not, it's still pretty fun.
There is one thing it does better, and that's inventory management. Specifically, having to go back to town to sell your shit when you're full. Instead of having items taking up a certain amount of inventory space, all items take up a single slot in your inventory. When you do end up having to head back, you don't actually have to. You have alongside you a pet who fights with you, can carry as much as you, and can be told to head back to town to sell off your gear (exactly how, I'm not sure...). The result is that you can pack its inventory of all the shit you don't want, tell it to go sell them when it's full, wait around 30 seconds, and instant gold!