I came to this game because I heard about it on an old episode of the Giant Bombcast. It was recommended, but I had no illusions about this being a casual cakewalk. It was made clear from the beginning that this was a difficult game. It turned out to be a difficult game. I'm not a casual gamer, I've been playing games for more than 25 years, but when it comes to action RPGs, there are particular things in a game that make or break it for me. I do not like games that overtly bog you down with tutorial, but I also like having an idea of how to build a character with which to effectively navigate a games challenges. Dark Souls does not do this effectively. It takes hours before you know you really made a mess of your character build with no opportunity to reallocate skill points. Also I find the difficulty more than I enjoy in an RPG. I don't enjoy games that make me angry more often than it makes me have that cool feeling of accomplishment at a job well done, or the wow moment of an expertly executed attack. I did really like the story and lore. Very original. I don't think this is a badly made game, it's just not my kind of game.
This game is a must for rpg gamers. One of the most challenging games I've ever played it can crush your soul but with perseverance it very rewarding and has high replay value. Only reason I gave it a 9 is the frame rates dip low when too many characters are on screen everything else borders perfect.