You can pull off many combos with X (Scythe Attacks) and Y (Spear Attacks) The combo enders take up more of your stamina, so use them with caution. You can also perform attacks via running or in the air.
Each attack takes up a bit of your stamina and you can recover it quickly by not doing anything that costs stamina for a short time.
You can autoaim, but you can also aim at enemies/objects by holding the L button.
Press the R button to do a somersault while holding up on the analog stick. Hold the R-button to initiate into running mode right after you do the rolling attack. The somersault can be used for offense utility or dodging. If you hold Right/Left on the analog stick while you press R, you will do a cartwheel to dodge the attacks. The somersault can be used to deal little damage against enemies while knocking them over to stun them. You can use this attack to leave enemies wide open for you to attack them.
Everytime you make a scythe attack or spear attack, they will emit a slash/stab beam that will travel as a projectile. These can be used to attack enemies from afar. Scythe beams are wider in length and have more attack power, but they travel too short and they are slow. Spear beams are shorter in length and have less attack power, but they travel very far and they move fast.
You can grab objects and enemies by pressing the B button. Once you grab an enemy, you can use them as meat shields to defend yourself with and you can even attack with them. If you want to throw them, press the B button again to throw them away. You can also aim at enemies to weaken them or reveal a weakspot.
Press the A button to do a jump. You can go across obstacles with this and chain off aerial combos.
Combo Crystals/Devastator Attacks:
Once you chain off a combo, you will gain a combo crystal. If you have 8 combo crystals, you can perform a Devastator Attack. A Devastator Attack can be pulled off using the L2 button and there are a variety of different devastator attacks to use. Press the L2 and another button at the same time to perform different devastator attacks that can wipe out enemies easily. This will cost all your stamina however, so try to recover after you pull it off.
When you kill enemies, your soul gauge fills up. Once your soul gauge is full, you can enter Berserk Mode by pressing R2. Your attacks become more powerful and faster with unlimited stamina. Your soul gauge will whittle down every second, so kill more enemies to keep it from dropping. Once your soul gauge is depleted, you will return to your original form. You can also use the Soul Gauge to recover health. Press Up on the D-pad to heal back a little health at the cost of using your soul gauge.
Spear Throw/ Scythe Boomerang:
You can throw your spear at enemies to shatter their shields or to implae them. You can run up to them while they have a spear stuck to them and you can swing it around like a tornado. Scythe Boomerang will draw enemies closer to you if it hits them.
Throughout your journey, you will find several power ups that will help you. There are a total of 10 upgrades that will enhance gameplay options for you, so try to keep an eye for them as unlockables.
You can surf through the items you have equipped by pressing left or right on the d-pad to scroll through your items. To use that item, press the Down button on the D-pad to use it.
How does this sound so far? Think of Bayonetta, except not as fast paced and has strategy implemented in it with different ways to dodge enemies and to exploit their weaknesses, also with action adventure elements in it like Dark Souls.