I played KCD quiet a lot shortly after release, and really liked the game. So decided pick it up again about a week ago, and… what a disappointment it has been!
Before, once you leveled up, you could actually use feints, chain strikes and combos. This made combat fun, interesting and gave a sense of accomplishment when Henry leveled up. Yes, sure, I know… late game could have provided more challenge - no doubt.
Now, for reason, feints, chain strikes and combos are all utterly useless. I got about one in a thousand shot at combos and chaining strikes is like asking for a riposte in the face. Combos always get interrupted, even if the enemy is off balance. The way to win battles is to counter attack and clinch-bully the enemies. The whole mechanic with more advanced techniques is completely broken.
Seems to me like a perfect way of ruining an otherwise very good game. I really enjoyed the earlier version I played, but this sucks so much I regret having wasted time on it and buying DLC. For shame.