The first impression might be correct if you never played a PB game before. Many of his claims are just ignorant of the background and he purposefully misrepresented some exposition. If you do not care, good for you, but I feel that one hour “I don’t get how this works and I can’t be bothered to even try” post is not adding any useful information to the discussion.
On the plus side I have been playing more and so much background info is in notes and tapes you find. If you don’t bother reading stuff you will not miss much in terms of XP or useful quest knowledge but there is a bunch of lore hidden away that gives you a glimpse in the early days of what happened to the world and shortly before it. I think that is very well done.
I also finally grasped the combo combat. The damage on a full combo bar is really noticeably bigger then usual. So don’t always fire off the special attack as that empties the bar. I found keeping the bar filled much more useful against multiple opponents or really though opponents. Some skull enemies I could only injure when the bar is full. I also realized timed parries are a thing. I am unable to pull them off properly. Propably because I am also trained by the last few years of games to just hit the button that conveniently flashes for you when appropriate.
I turned down combat difficulty as well, even on easy it is not a cake walk.