Jim Steele wrote:
I don't have to hold the button... a quick tap of B when they go for a swing, it counters
That's how it worked in prior games. And if you do that in III, it will send them sprawling, but it won't do any damage.
Only if you don't issue a follow up command right after the counter. Red triangle appears over enemy. Tap B. Game slows down. Tap X, enemy dead.
I really don't understand what you must be doing wrong but the way you're describing the combat system does not tally with how it works in my experience :/