He’s still a badass, perhaps even more so as he’s got his cape back.
His weapon and moveset remains pretty much intact from 7. The only difference I’ve noted is you can no longer execute EX – full charged switch. Combo alternatives are EX – JCC (Jump Charge Cancel), EX – Musou 1 or EX – JAC (Jump Attack Cancel) (though not recommended, as it’s prone to failure).
Musou 2 is decent, but a far cry from his spectacular first musou. Jump charge is very effective at getting enemies back up from the ground as with most jump charges.
Overall, nerfed in one aspect, but also improved with the ability to jump charge. Don’t forget the awakening musou. So it rounds it out.