The other games in the series were repetitive and boring as a game could be, in this game combat is still getting stale 9 or 10 sequences in, but it's still enjoyable and I'm not selling it back to gamestop even when I'm done.
You still can assign weapons on the D-pad. You still will be able to know if you're close enough to assassinate someone, indicated by the weapon icon. --- "IS DERE SOMEBODY DERE." - The many guards of MGS2