I'm enjoying the game but I prefer the story / exploration to the combat. I loved AC Odyssey and I thought it was enjoyable and well balanced for me but Valhalla combat is very difficult. I am playing on the easiest possible settings. The purpose of super easy mode I think should be that basically anyone can pick up the game and have fun with it.
The first problem is shielded ememies. One of the first skills or abilities I get should be a shield breaker like the three tier upgradeable variant from ACO where you grab the shield etc.. I noticed early on in the gameplay that the parry doesn't seem to register very often. I see an attack incoming, I hit parry, I get knocked back and take damage??? as my power level has increased I am smashing shields away from normal enemies quite easily which is how it should be but that's me in a power level 20 area at level 100.
When I tried to fight (spoiler alert)
Her level was 90 and I could not complete the fight until I was over level 100. I just ran around the countryside looking for arrows and health with a walking shield following me for about 20 minutes. Not a thrilling experience. I got a few lucky hits with arrows but there is definitely something wrong with melee combat. I was unable to block any of her hits only dodging worked. I'm ready for the pro gamers to tell me I'm doing it all wrong and I should be ashamed of myself playing on easy mode but isn't the game to have broad appeal?
The glorious visions of Britain are a sight to behold, a work of art. The colour pallette, the plants, trees, the rock textures, the brickwork on buildings and a million other tiny details that I know of my home country are breathtaking. The story is great, and the voice acting is fantastic. An amazing game but please tweak the combat for all player ability levels. It ruins the experience.