Perfect your parry
The game’s first real challenge is cybernetic robo-hound boss LQ-84i and he represents a real acid test, even for players familiar with third-person brawlers. This is where the game expects you to put up or shut up, to parry or die. Repeatedly. You’ll either learn how to perfect your timing or end up chewing the buttons off your controller in antagonised rage. When you see an attack incoming flick the left stick towards the offending mob and tap the Square (light attack) button. Muscle through initial frustrations and eventually the timing clicks. When it does you’ll be clanging that chainsaw tail attachment about with ease and ol’ Bladewolf’ll look less like Leatherface and more like Beethoven. The dog… Obviously.