Sorry for the dramatic title but the combat in this game is the single most frustrating game mechanic I’ve ever experienced.
The problem is that no matter how hard I train, how long I practice, I can’t work with this system. It just doesn’t work. Enemies block my strikes EVERY single time, no matter how long or often I beat them, they block and then, for some reason, they get to deliver a strike I can’t evade or parry myself, which is a move I can’t do. I have mastered dodging and parrying in perfect timing but I can’t take advantage of that because whatever my next strike is, no matter from which direction, it gets blocked. Again. And the next and the next and the next until I’m out of stamina. Altering my strike direction doesn’t do shit. Striking explicitly from the opposite direction of my opponent’s sword doesn’t do shit. All the explicit guides and tips don’t do shit. It just doesn’t work and I’m this close to just closing the game forever and removing it from my steam account just so I don’t have to remember this shit combat system every time I read the name.
This game NEEDS a difficulty setting.
I understand that people will say “git gud” and think they make a fair point but the reality is that I have a job and I can’t spend 5 hours practicing swordplay in a video game every day. The rest of the game is so much fun and the fact that there is no way at all to make the combat easier, if that is the way I want to play it, just sucks the fun out.
I don’t want to turn on a game and feel like I’m facing a huge chore every time there’s an enemy. I don’t want to feel like I need to drink a savior schnapps every time some lowly bandit holds me up on the road while I’m decked out in armor and a huge sword.
It’s tiring and it’s frustrating and it isn’t fun. Combined with the absolute shitshow of a save system, this game, in its current form, is just unplayable to me. KCD isn’t Dark Souls where the whole point of the game is to “git gud”. KCD has so many elements that I can enjoy and do enjoy immensely but they’re all just dragged down by this combat system.
I don’t know if the devs read this forum but if you do, I beg you, add something to make combat easier for folk like me who just want to play the game to have fun in the afternoon. Adding something like this doesn’t mean more skilled players can’t enjoy the more difficult combat anymore, they just have to enable it. You’re excluding a lot of players from enjoying your game with this and it’s just really sad.
Thanks for reading my little rant.