I have a love-hate relationship with the game. The core gameplay is compelling enough that I keep returning, but the problems I have with it make me quit 2-3 hours after I pick it up again. I must strongly disagree about the movement being the same as the attack being intuitive or good. No other game I've played has combined them into a single button and you have to depend circumstances being correct to trigger the weapon instead of movement. I've jumped into an enemy's attack when I wanted to swing my sword one too many times to be anything but annoyed. I had never unlocked that guy so if that will really fix only getting the starting dagger then I'll unlock him post haste.
Well, I've never played another game where you attack by moving either, but I've also never played another game where your movement itself is tied to the beat of the music and you have to be dedicate a substantial amount of concentration on it alone. By mapping both movement and attack to the same button, it means I can focus 100% on the D-pad and that makes everything a lot easier to play.
The issue with having to use a separate button to attack is that by then you would only be able to attack forwards, and you can't turn quickly like you could in a game like, say, Zelda. It would be a pain to deal with any enemies coming from the side or the back like this, though to be fair the enemy design would've been different if the game had you attacking with another button. Either way, if you've ever collected a Grenade Launcher, you'd know what I'm talking about - while it is an incredibly useful item, it can be very hard to use it right because you can only throw bombs forwards, and in the end you usually spend more timing lining up your attack than actually doing it, and that just kinda sucks.
If you're going to unlock the Area 2 NPC, be ready for a good bit of pain and frustration. You need to get a Glass Key on the second floor of the level, and take it to the NPC on the third floor without taking any hits - if you take one, the key shatters and you have to start over. It took me quite a while to do it, but it's very much worth it. Being able to start runs with items already equipped makes a huge difference, especially in the later areas.