My next newbie adventure was with the hammer. I expected super slow and clunky. Instead, I was treated with very simple combos, no need to watch demon/power-up bars, and it recovered after a swing much more quickly than I expected (the big overhead/powered-up hits not-withstanding).
I also learned about the “Type 2” camera controls in the settings. Huge difference for me, as it now feels much more like… Assassin’s Creed II controls. So it may not be the weapon alone that helped, but the combination as now my character swings much more towards where I expect.