I don't think they really fucked the game over at all. Sure, the official release was kind of disappointing due to the lack of real improvements and features, but nothing was added that made the game less fun to play.
Though I'd like it if they gave an option to disable the hunger meter. Even though they've made it so that it doesn't run out as fast as it did when it was first introduced, it's still sort of irritating to constantly have to get food in order to survive.
An option to disable Creepers would be great, too. Seriously, fuck Creepers.