1: running for ages? With that shadow running upgrade, you can zoom through a lot of the map quite quickly.
2: get killed?? Did you know that you can get away from almost any battle? Even with chiefs? You don’t need to fight them to the death. If you’re being overpowered and beaten badly, run away and get health. Make sure you build your character strong enough to fight those battles. And make sure when going after bosses you take out their sub-bosses to weaken them. And so if you don’t die, you don’t have to do it all over again. Also making sure you have intel on each boss you go after to find their weaknesses.
I once took out 3 warcheifs in less than 10 seconds all because I knew all of their weakness and took advantage of it.
3: running around? Why? I always went somewhere with purpose. I never felt like I was running around for no reason. And if I had a long distance to go, grab a carago.
4: button mashing? This game doesn’t promote button mashing. It actually hurts you to do that. It’s timely presses to get critical strikes, which cause far more damage, and certain strategies for certain enemies arcs. You shouldn’t be too aggressive with the combat unless you’re OPd yourself.
Clearly you stuggled because you didn’t understand and play properly.