As a newcomer to the series with Rise this is my perspective.
At first combat was mostly button mashing, but while playing I’ve started to actually be aware of what I’m doing. It has come organically for me by just playing.
But I’m still a n00b, only items I still use are healing, antidotes and cooked meat (to increase stamina). It will probably be easier when I learn to use other stuff too.
Once I figured out wall running and wirebug mechanics no part of a map is inacessible, just as in BotW.
So far I love the game. It floats my boat by focusing on game play above ”cinematics”, ”story” and being pretty.
I play Dual Blades, tried a little Switch Axe but feel I have to try out the other weapons later on.