There are only a few games that have shifted their gameplay almost completely in their more recent titles, the most notable being Hyrule Warriors. Dragon Quest Heroes (insert enormous subtitle here) is now the most recent, transitioning from its normal turn-based combat style, to the hack and slash gameplay of the Dynasty Warriors franchise. While the transition is viewed differently by the various fans of the series, the overall opinion is one of positivity.
The story is cheesy and fun, the controls are great, the combat is genuinely entertaining, and there is a fairly sizeable cast of players, adding a level of replayability and combat freshness that few games offer. A true action/rpg, Dragon Quest Heroes is easily worth $50 of the $59.99 price.
Yes...that title is also real. Though it is notably cooler than the Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, it still sounds like a Fall Out Boy song title, or Coheed and Cambria album.