I think what they did with the game was pretty decent but after Sundowner the game really felt rushed with the last few missions being really short levels with very few enemies and series of boss fights.
Speaking of the final boss was a bit of a pain in the ass. I could not for the life of me cut the boulders he threw at me then I finally realized that you can just straight up dodge them which makes the fight way way easier. The levels also mostly felt pretty bland and coming off of Devil May Cry where the highlight of the game is arguably the level design that really stuck out to me.
The combat felt mostly okay but there were still spots where the camera became unwieldy. Also, the sub weapons outside of the pole arm are useless. Seriously. I'm almost always someone who can enjoy a good heavy weapon but the pincers seem utterly useless considering the pace of the combat and how suddenly you need to parry at times. The Sai could be semi-useful I suppose but why you would choose that over the pole is lost to me. I liked the game overall I guess although i think DmC is head and shoulders the better game if you only want to throw down with one character action title right now.
I'll most likely track back through the game and get all the collectibles for fun and then take on the VR missions. After that we'll see if I feel like going for more trophies or not. Considering Platinum Games inherited this game like it was a dying patient they manage to salvage the project into something pretty decent. Although, I think more time to flesh out the game would have been better. I mean the fight against Samuel was extremely disappointing. He was by leagues the easiest boss in the game. I got an "A" rank on him first try. Anyways more or less my impressions. I hope they make a proper sequel and get the proper time to actually make the thing go. The Blade mode is a mostly well executed concept and the combat was fun. If for some reason you read all of this spoilers and all and you haven't bought the game and are on the fence I'll reiterate what others have said. Short game, I wouldn't buy it unless you are a Metal Gear fan or are the type that like replaying levels over and over for rankings and trophies.
Anyways, Im out. Post thoughts below.