Melee needs to be much faster, melee speed from what I've seen has been very slow and doesn't really allow for actual skilled players to go off.
Perhaps i'm the exception to the rule here but from what I've seen of the melee I would actually say the opposite (or someone in my reg raised it) - to me the time taken from releasing a stab and it reaching its full extent is almost too fast; If i were the 1 in a 2v1 at the moment and they were 1 up 1 downing, i doubt I would be able to switch blocks (to block both) if there timing was slightly off.
I would definitely say NW attacks from release take longer but maybe I just haven't watched enough vids with melee in!
That being said I haven't seen any feinting going on which to me at least is a must.
Totally agree about the lack of fluidity of the animations at present.
*edit* just to clarify i like the look of the game - jut nit picking melee here!