Its a great game, but your character is really quite bad at fighting in the beginning. I would recommend to train extensively with the swordmasters to get the hang of it. Not just in terms of the controls, parrys and ripostes - but also cause your characters (not just personal) skill level has a heavy influence how well & fluent your combat maneuvers work.You know what game just went on sale that I decided not to play because it was an RPG in FPP? KINGDOM COME: DELIVERANCE! the great and awesome steam has it for free Rn. I'm Downloading it now, and I am going to give this FPP RPG a chance. lets see how immersive this is!
Also, if you have problems with the save system, there are mods that unlock "save everywhere" (e.g. on the nexus)