I started the game on hard and it's very annoying. I have a pretty high tolerance level when it comes to "bad" games, but this on just has the worst combat. The dodge move is slow and I still end up getting hit from all sides when I do dodge. Maybe it will get better later. but I am not enjoying this at all playing on Hard right away.
Also, your focus goes away if you die. Making the 2nd stranger fight really sucky.