Firstly, this is a step up from the last one. No energy requirements, no penalties for needing to try again, and the ability to mix and match move sets. However, I have major gripes.
The A.I. feels so much more aggressive than the last game. Whenever I get into a fight, I have to start stunlocking the enemy, and keep completely and perfect dominance in the fight, or else everything hits the fan. As soon as your opponent gets a second to breath, they will either do one of two things. A) stunlock you and somehow be faster than you in almost everything you try, or B) Throw you to the ground, repeatedly. This second one is so annoying, especially since it feels harder to pull off in this game as opposed to the last, and the a.i can do it because they don’t have button combos to press, they just do whatever they want with ease.
The card system is ok, and at least you aren’t railroaded into using a specific weapons at certain points like the last game, but the a.i’s difficultly and the random and convenient criticals the enemy lands are too much to handle at certain points.
Granted, I usually fight in battles sooner with harder difficulty, but that has no effect on aggression of the a.i, only gear rating.