It starts difficult but gets easier.... Something the game never tells you, which I think made it difficult for a lot of people is that there is location damage based on armor and weapon type....Got it on steam seal. Mainly to play on steam deck. I heard combat is a pain.. but very immersive.
Using a sword against plate won't do much damage compared to maces, if someone is wearing a helmet with an exposed face, a face stab does significantly more damage than a swing to the side/top of the head, etc.
Very immersive, but I think it would have helped a lot of people if it was explained a bit better