I'll give it to you straight: I'm fucking terrible at this game. Part of it is certainly that it's a mechanically dense game that doesn't like explaining anything it does very much, and the rest is that I'm just a big pile of garbage.
So far, the loop has been something like this for me:
- Start doing a quest (which I should mention is still exceptionally early into the game).
- Come across some enemies.
- Fight them and do fairly well for a bit, not having any real trouble, and then out of nowhere have some punk-ass motherfucker stunlock me to death in one combo.
- Lose 20-30 minutes of time because this game doesn't believe in reasonable checkpoints (it doesn't even fucking autosave after recruiting new pawns, which, fine, you can blame me for not manually saving more often, but that's inexcusable).
And that's been, so far, my experience with this game. So, what the hell am I doing wrong? Should I just be grinding out side missions before I tackle the main stuff? Is it one of those games? Is my party composition all jacked up? Grinding seems like the lamest possible option since it's not as though combat is otherwise all that difficult; it's just that every now and then I just unexpectedly get smoked. Leveling up a bunch and trivializing the rest of the combat even more sounds kind of terrible.
For the record, I'm at seriously one of the very first quests. It's that one where you have to find the magic tome or whatever. I'm willing to accept that I'm just garbo at video games, but maybe I'm just missing something.