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It is hard to get a general idea of how the combat actually plays out by reading reviews. The few that I read only hyped the game and made it seem like the next big action RPG. I somewhat regret my purchase.
If you like methodical, unforgiving combat, similar to Dark Souls, this game is for you. It might not be as hard as Dark Souls, but it isn't anywhere near as easy as other action RPGs. Expect to spend almost as much time gathering crafting ingredients for potions and other life-restoring items as it takes to get through the quests. Save after every fight and heal up after every fight.
Even on the easiest difficulty, I find it difficult to fight monsters that I haven't faced before. Their patterns and attacks take time to learn. I think they should have set the player with a higher level coming out of the first zone to make fighting some of the monsters easier until they can learn the various patterns. Instead, I'm taking huge hits from small mistakes and have no other way to gain an advantage over my opponents.
If you don't mind getting frustrated by fights and having to save/load often, this game might be for you. If you're looking for something less frustrating and more along the lines of Skyrim or Assassin's Creed, avoid this game.