I'll test this, some enemies make their combo very fast so will be hard to parry and bash, but it will be worth. I still prefer to roll away because usually these enemies comes in swarms so even if you parry and counter one you are prone to receive hits from the other enemies that wouldn't be on the line affected by the bash.
Ultimately I guess we can agree to disagree. But I also think you take some of my negatives out of context.
My issue with the difficulty is specifically at the start, at a time when you are still learning what to upgrade, new elemental mechanics, new combos, shield requirement etc. I am perfectly okay with the game ramping up in terms of complexity and difficulty (even on standard mode) but it felt unbalanced at the start
especially when playing as Kratos and in comparison to Atreus who breezes through mobs like nothing? Side content and bosses I am totally okay with those being extra challenging.
With regards to cutscenes the game already has standard cutscenes that gives context to what you doing. But the additional chatter is too much for me - not to mention how all the companion characters are constantly giving you the dam answers to the few challenging puzzles.
Most PS5 controller additions are optional and can be turned off. But I personally feel the game could have at least added proper support for the dual sense. The axe mechanic I was talking about in my post is not during gameplay (it happens a handful of times throughout the game like when you are mining for material etc.). These are small additions.
5 years is a long time - im not saying build the game up from scratch but the formula as you mentioned needed to be shaken up a little bit more for me. We can get into how in another thread, but I feel I will head strongly into spoiler territory.
I also did not read any reviews etc. Came into it fresh. But I am leaning towards not being in agreement with the incredibly high scores - that being said I still rate the game a solid 9/10. Its okay for us to disagree on this.
Not sure how Elden Ring fits into the discussion but I guess I also had a number of issues with Elden Ring but still rate very highly.
I found this game start a lot easier than 2018 as I was already used to the mechanics. And if your problem is the start of the game you can just reduce the difficult for that portion, for GmGoW you can only reduce the difficult and won't be able to go back, since no trophy is attached to the difficult. And I fail to see how someone that finished a Souls title would complain about the difficult on the balanced setting for GoW. Do you think Soul should be easier and offer easier difficult?
If you are satisfied with small additions to use the PS5 controller then they exist and perhaps you didn't notice, but when you do some R2 QTE for hacking some environment there is resistance from the trigger. I may be wrong, but the shaking was also different from what I would have on PS4, but can't be sure. you can also do some special mapping for like quick turn around and aiming with the gyro. There is proper support for it, and not all games will use all the new features of the control. You have to accept that this game was ultimately a PS4 game that for PS5 had only some graphical improvements. I would say the only reason the team could say that PS4 didn't restrict what they wanted to do was because they wanted to do a PS4 game.
The game have been shaked a lot, and without spoiler you are going to play it to know.
Go play GOW 2018 again, on standard difficulty it takes 3-4 axe hits on the starting level to kill a typical enemy - the game ramps up in difficulty and scenarios as it progresses. In Ragnarok its about twice as many with standard axe hits at the very start. Also its not that I cant handle the difficulty I can, it just makes the combat feel less impactful at the start. Even more so considering that this is the second game - so I should be feeling pretty powerful already right? Also makes no sense in the context of the spoiler tag above.
Again not sure why people keep bringing up souls games in responses....very different games. But if you want to get into Elden Ring difficulty - they too missed the mark. Either the game was obtusely difficult to get through or when using certain mechanics was waaaay too easy.
For me the controller support that was added was overly basic and a far cry from other games.
I believe I'm over half way in the game, but lets see what happens in the rest of it.
I played GOW18 in GmGoW and suffered a lot, I don't think I would be that frustrated playing it on balanced. I found Ragnarok a lot easier so far, but perhaps they made it harder on the balanced setting, still that is the beauty of you being able to slide the difficult to your taste, so I fail to see the issue here.
Your power in the new GoW isn't on overpowering the enemies, but sure it is a gripe I have with sequels when you start back at same power level instead of considering your power from conquering the previous title. But that would be a complain about basically every single sequel ever. I would say you should fell more powerful due to mastering the mechanics of the previous one (and if they had changed to much as you requested then you would have a harder time to get used to the sequel and would have a different complain).
I'm bringing Souls to the discussion because doesn't make sense to complain about a game being to hard (even more one that does offer easier modes) while playing Souls (not only Elden Ring), even more when a big portion of the Souls fanbase despise any request to add option for difficult.
Sure it is basic, but efficient, still no problem you wanting more.
I have seem a lot of new mechanics for fight, gameplay, exploration, etc for this title already only doing half of it. Not sure what you were expecting of extra changes without disrupting the formula for this pantheon.