Dark Souls 2 seemed to be much easier to me. Even after the gap in time played since the first one. Overall it's still Dark Souls and it's still fun to play. I think they could have nerfed some of the magic as I could usually kill a boss on the first go with no help. Still is worth playing.
If you are an experienced gamer and you like RPG's, this is the title for you with a vast world of exploration, secrets, and mixed multiplayer you will be tested and challenged in every way. Hardest game i've played in years and replay value is excellent. Consider this game a keeper for a long time to come.
I don't understand any review that gives this game more than a 3! The game is painfully difficult just for the sake of difficulty. The controls are cumbersome at best and woefully inadequate at their worst. During fight sequences my mind was 4 steps ahead of my character's ability to react and execute combat moves. Every enemy is 2 or 3 times faster than my character, and only requires 2 or 3 strikes to insure death. I don't have time for a game this tedious and painstaking. Good luck to those easily amused who think this awkward game deserves a 10. Two days and back to GF!