I mean, the issue with the combat is that it's not balanced at all. Some stuff was heavily nerfed and becomes pretty much useless in a real combat scenario, such as any ranged weapon, agility is too limited, thus making dexterity builds suffer heavily overall. Plus there's a lot of weapons that are just horrible. They can't even hit a target 2 steps in front of you (Yes, looking at you Uchigatana and simillars)
But the game as it is, is pretty cool. The optimization is really well done, plus the game itself can be challenging, but never too unfair to become annoying if you play it right. Besides the Soul Level Matchmaking, everything else could be redone or revamped and this game would be sick af.