I'm sorry but fuck this game.
For all those that like it that's absolutely fine, but for the life of me I couldn't get the combat to click and considering the rest is typical Metal Gear (nonsense dialogue, poorly written and even more poorly acted, up it's own arse with all the political and philosophical BS, sterile looking level design) there just isn't anything here to keep me playing. I've made it up to the Sundowner boss fight but I can't do it any more, I'm done.
I just don't get the combat system. There's no block and there's no dodge (unless you purchase it, and even then it's not great). I understand that there's a parry system, although I am no fan of how it's implemented. I like parrying in action games but I prefer the method of having to block as the enemy lands their attack. So I'm not gonna lie, I suck at parrying in this game, but that's not even my problem with it. Parrying is all well and good but then the bigger enemies start busting out attacks that can't be parried. So you're all up in the enemy's grill beating the shit out of them, and then they decide to unleash an unstoppable attack, but like I said there's no block and and there's no proper dodge, so just what in the fuck are you supposed to do in that situation?? You have to get close to attack, but then you can't get out of the way when they retaliate with an unblockable. Add to that constantly being stunned (which takes way too much stick waggling to recover from) and a wonky camera and all you get is one big ball of frustration.
There were times when I would get into something of a groove and the combat would start to feel better, and the unlockable weapons are pretty cool, but I never really felt like I was fully in control even though cool shit was happening on screen. The zandatsu mechanic is ok, but even that got way too finicky for my liking after a while.
I'm sure people will say try sucking less and that's fair enough, but the point is I don't want to spend time getting better at something that at times feels like the opposite of fun. I guess this game just isn't for me.