Played some more, stopped trying to lock on enemies and fight conservative, started rolling like the old times and it got a bit better, and there are hints of sth fun in the combat actually. But, if I am to rely so much on rolls, then I also have to rely on prompts, why? It's almost like the old camera was perfect for that and the new one just gets in the way. If they insist on immersion so much, then just move the camera for fights and back when doing everything else.
Also showed the beginning to wife and kids, to have perspective from people with, erm, hearts and emotions heh, and it worked for them. A game for kids and wives it is then heh... joking aside though, seems it might be an ok game as in general there, just atm I don't think it was a good direction to take for a series. Give me back the huge scale, relentless pace, majestic vistas and the arrogant, barbaric, uncompromising psychopath.
Anyway playing on, I'll try to turn off prompts but not sure if a good idea for a give me god of war difficulty. Maybe having to rely on instincts when it comes to what's behind my back will actually make it better, hope so.