I'm surprised there was so much talk about this weapon not being as good as it was in DS1.
The claymore hardly got worse. It's still an excellently well rounded weapon with good reach, good scaling, and reasonable stat requirements. About the worst thing I could say about the claymore is that it doesn't outshine its competition as much as it used to, but that's just because there are so many excellent weapons to choose from this time around.
Straight swords might be outperforming it in PVP, but this is still one of the most reliable, all purpose weapons in the game for PVE.