Difficult to answer, this one.
You can go straight off and stick with the strategy of ‘dodge, hit, dodge, hit’ but against some enemies you will have a very hard time - it is a game where you are supposed to use the tools it gives you. You should not just walk into a battle thinking you can breeze through it. Like Batman, Aloy is better when she’s prepared accordingly. That and you can set up some very sweet trap ambushes - watching a robot go down to a well-laid trap while you lurk in the bushes is very satisfying.
I do think it’s crafting is more straight-forward than the likes of F4 / W3, it’s certainly better integrated, though yes, the inventory system is one of the game’s enduring weaknesses. It’s not that bad but neither is it good.
It is one of the best game worlds going in terms of density and variety and integration of environments, there’s a lot of thought gone into it.
You can take your time on it and the game is good at teaching you its mechanisms, though I found some of the aspects difficult to grasp - once you do, it improves massively. (Before I was finding it frustrating and that changed completely once I worked out the aiming.)
I’d say give it a go, if all else fails flog it for £15-18 on Amazon / Ebay.
It is now one of PS4’s big, stand-out exclusives and a unique game. There’s familiar aspects but it combines them into new form.