Yep, have to agree that DS habits are hard to forget and will totally kill you here. Took me days and were one of the reasons I also missed my Mikiri counter a billion times. I know that I must dodge forward into it, but my DS muscle memory says the opposite. Going up against multiple enemies is as hard as in DS, but here you have the option to stealth kill them one by one at least, and the drunkard has the option to eliminate them before the fight. As for parry timer and reading enemy attacks - you just need to learn it the hard way, but also, watch their hands and you will see them coming a bit easier. GL mate!