I just got to the blacksmith and I don't think I want to play this any more. Do the bad hitboxes ever get better? If I put points into a certain stat will I get more i-frames? Because at the moment every single roll feels like a gamble with terrible odds. After nearly 6 hours I feel like I should have adjusted to the game's speed by now but it still just feels unfair to me; Like the player's animations have been slowed down to 50% while all the enemies are still fast. Because of this it feels like enemies with shields are not able to be dealt with reliably due to a complete lack of vulnerable moments in their patterns. If you break their guard they provide no opportunity for a follow up attack because all of my guy's animations are too slow.
Those big dudes with the sword and board, at first the only way I could reliably take them down was using gauntlet when it was ready and getting a quick attack in after blocking their charge attack, and they'd kill me often. Then I had the hair brained idea to sprint at him at the same time and power attack. Suffice to say, they are super easy now. I talk smack on them everytime now. Yea, I'm that cool.