Little preface: I'm no stranger to this style of game, and I'm a guy who likes "systems" so I have no problem buying into the whole pawn/party thing. Problem is - I can't really seem to get anywhere with the combat.
I'm playing a strider, recently switched to assassin. I'm using Scarlet Kisses, Toss and Trigger, and the blinding one as dagger skills, with the Triple Shot, Triad Shot, and Puncture shot for bow abilities. For pawns I've got a tanky fighter, a healy mage, and an offensive mage. Everybody is praising the combat, but I'm either having a really hard time of it or just not "getting" it. We'll wade into a group of enemies, and I'll loose a couple arrows, which seem to do little to no damage. If I jump into the fray to get some stabs in, I get rocked/stunned/and basically owned. I originally wanted to play as a close-up rogue-type, but I don't mind hanging back and slinging arrows. I've purchased about 50,000g worth of gear for my character, upgraded/enhanced my weapons two two stars, so I feel like I should be putting the hurt on, but I'm not. Combat just feels like a big, slow battle of attrition.
I thought this might be because I was fighting enemies that outlevelled me, but even for the main quest stuff (Just finished the first part of the Everfall) it's the same thing. I didn't fight the ogre, but the rooms full of skeletons beat me into the ground over and over, and I only got past them by basically cheesing them to death. My initial impressions of the game were really high, but the combat is becoming a real drag and a chore.
Am I missing something? Am I using the wrong skills? Should I switch to a fighter for more health and melee stabby stab? Am I overlooking something basic here?