Smoke bombs and I guess most ghost weapons, are super OP. It lets you immediately start assassinating people. It’s pretty much the same mechanic from assassins creed smoke bombs. Aggro every guard, throw the bomb, press triangle. Agreed. And the combat doesn’t feel like it has that gimmicky “parry when time slows down” effect like Arkham/shadow of Mordor/AC games have. It feels a little looser in timing which grants a bit more freedom. There’s a side mission where a healer questioned jin if he enjoyed killing instead of just trying to talk to enemies. Jin then asked the healer if he wanted to talk to the dangerous Mongols surrounding the pond to get his medicine. Of course, the healer pussied out and said you handle it lol.
I wear the traveler’s attire (typically the red variant) and the patchwork straw hat. Makes me feel like a wandering samurai. Although, I do wish there was a way to hide my bow and arrows while using the Ronin gear since that’s the closest I can look like Ruroni Kenshin. Not really as far as I can tell. It’s definitely a narrative thing they continuously hang over your head, to the point where I feel guilty for assassinating sometimes, but I don’t think there’s anything in there that changes the narrative if you always fight with honor.