Core games required from you perfect execution of your moves, while the tank controls were HELPFUL in doing them, because once you get hang of them, you knew exactly what distance you are going to travel and at what angle.
LAU games automated a lot of things, but at least still kept stuff like acceleration and some semblance of precission movement.
Starting with TR'13, you can literally change direction mid air. And they are selling those under "muh realism". I guess nothing does realism better than going Rambo on undead samurai, while cautering your kidney wounds with arrowheads heated with lighter and doing mid-air double jump with zero acceleration.