This initial combat in the game is beyond frustrating, it's just plain dumb. The enemies aren't tuned to your inability to fight, most of them attack often enough and aren't affected by your attacks so when you swing and hit them they are swinging and hitting you.
Also I have issues with the looking in the game, both by mouse and by 360 pad. On the mouse the horizontal look is way way too sensitive, and the vertical look is incredibly slow. For the 360 pad things are 'fine' until I move and look, and then I get kinda look stuttering that feels almost like the game isn't taking in all the inputs at their proper speed and is lossing data when doing more than just standing and using ONE analog stick at a time etc.
I played and really enjoyed risen 1, this risen 2 seems as bad mechanically as risen 1, minus half the dev time (feels even more rushed out).
Someone went crazy with the visuals as well, it's all washed out in that really badly done HDR look you get from a fake HDR app for your phone.