The controls of this game are the thing that will catch your eye first. Using momentum as your primary weapon you will find yourself swinging the mouse in circles and making motions to crush your opponents with blunt weapons, or making refined slower movements to slice with bladed weapons, which will do more damage if the target is grazed by them rather than struck down. Also you will have at your disposition: Guns, mortars, poisons, explosives, throwing weapons and shields to make for all sorts of different combat styles. Additionally you can unlock gems that give you life steal, fire damage etc. if you embed them into your weapon. The game also features different game modes in which to play which you will have to unlock first.
In regards to graphics Hammerfight might seem a bit pixely at times but some of the scenery is breathtaking and the others are perfectly fine.
As much as I love this game the beginning of it has some grueling parts to it that I wish they had fixed to be less so. You will fight something called a Sophit, a flying creature. The Sophit can be tricked and defeated but will take you a few tries and will be your first true test. There is also a siege that quickly becomes a survival scenario as you repel enemy forces and those have the best hammer style weapon in the game TIP: Get that hammer! Its a rust red hammer and you will find it quite useful. To get it defeat one of the enemies then go to the weapon and hold down space.
But heres the deal -> you can SKIP levels with an item you can buy if you have died a lot, so you might want to do that a few times until you have gotten the hang of things.
The story of the game can lose you at some points but it is fun to follow.
All in all I can understand why people would not like the game as it has 0 mercy on people not willing to put at least a LITTLE time and practice into it. Game won't hold your hand thats for sure but once you get the hang of it you will have a ton of fun swinging heavy maces with crushing force, watching is slo-mo (literally the game will go slo-mo if you land a REALLY good hit) as your opponent slump to the ground in their little helicopters or downright shatter to pieces.