Came to post this. Seems to be a running theme with these games as I felt the same way about ACO (both of them). Great first impressions but after a while it just becomes a horrible slog and the mechanics aren’t good or interesting enough to support them.
But I don’t know if this game looked good to me at any point. It looks like Odyssey’s gameplay copy-pasted with a Witcher 3 rip-off art style yet somehow looks worse despite being 5 years newer.
The guy plays on normal and then moan about the game being easy...with 2 other levels of difficulty available that you can change anytime.
I played Odyssey on hard, like I play most games, and it didn’t make the game or combat system any more interesting. it just made it more tedious and boring TBH. The combat wasn’t good or fun enough to hold up doing more of it. As a point of comparison, I really like the harder difficulty in Ghost of Tsushima, but then again, I like everything about GoT more than I do nu-AC.