Gameraven: The recently released demo acts as a selection box of various gameplay styles and nods towards other genres. Developer Platinum Games are no stranger to this sort of thing. Their modern classic Bayonetta revels in old school concepts, set upon a modern canvas. Neir is a little more seamless in its approach, which is why it’s worth your attention.
Platinum’s ability to create smooth combat mechanics is clearly on show from the beginning of the demo. Even with a limited move set (in context for the demo), each strike chains nicely into the ability to flow into something else. Evasion is achieved with a simple tap of the button, acting as a potential chain in a combo. Switching from offense to evasion, straight into counter-offence, is irresistibly smooth.