So...how does G.U. compare to the original 4?
Note I only made it to 3 of the original.
combat is slightly different in that now its a bit more real time and combo oriented due to your weapons all having unique abilities to them, magic was completely nerfed to being useless and you don't have access to anywhere near as large the spell size, buffs or debuffs anymore. Nor can you get them through equipment temp as abilities. They also now lock you barrier field when fighting enemies both in and outside dungeons where as prior you could run and such freely. Ai orders are now gone along with directly selecting moves to use so you can no longer kite bosses or stand back and let them fight while you heal/attack from afar. New annoyance is the aida battles. They were horrible. And you have to fight dozens of them in the second game.
Because your mc haseo uses 5 different weapons (2 in the first game and 1 added in each game after. bsword that turns into a sword whip is new) you not only have significantly fewer weapons in each class but there are large level gaps between them and only 4 attacks on each weapon.
It also uses weapons as weaknesses for some types of monsters. large enemies typically come with an armor you have to break by using your heavy swords and charging them/dealing damage.
Heavy blades have so far only normal ones and one with a chainsaw skill. Sadly the latter is only on your default weapon and I have yet to encounter a second between the first and 2nd games.
Twin blades have 3 types. 1st is chainsaw like the heavy sword. second is spinning blades where you launch them at the enemy then quickly press o to rotate them and extend the combo. 3rd which is the rarest is the ghost step from the needle rippers. You charge your attack and instead of just hitting them and throwing them across the screen or knocking them down you teleport behind an enemy and it deals a bunch of slashes to them. Works on multiple enemies and is an amazing skill. Sadly you only get 1 after becoming the palace champion. Not sure where I got the second one from. I think it randomly dropped in a chest or something.
scythe is similar to the first 2 and has a chainsaw effect. I don't recall if there were any others.
I agree that the story was more poorly executed in g.u. Most of it is in the anime and the last bit of it is in the 3rd game. 2nd game was almost entirely filler