I recently purchased Dark Souls on Steam, full well knowing it was a hard game.
Now from my understanding this is a masochism type game where you repeatedly die trying to figure out the mechanic. Ok that's fine, but my question to people who rally behind this game is; how do you tolerate the gameplay? In my eyes this gameplay is quite terrible ranging from skill variety, level design,camera, and just control intuitiveness. Playing a game like Arkham Asylum on hard NG+ to me makes perfect sense because the gameplay in that game is amazing. The variety of play style, the complexity of the systems, and the rewarding feeling of accomplish those goals. In Dark Souls I never feel as if I'm struggling with the mechanic placed in front of me, more so my Avatar doing what I want it to do. Then when I do get my avatar under control and accomplish the task I don't feel nearly as rewarded due to the fact that the mechanic was simple,but the gameplay was the only thing stopping me form accomplishing that goal.
Whenever I beat a goal I simply feel I circle strafed enough, or glitched enough to accomplish the task. In B:AC when I accomplish the goal, I feel like I've learned something, improved, and am ready for greater challenges. I'll finish this game, but this has definitely turned me off from any future Dark Soul related purchases. I adore difficult games, but difficulty for Dark Souls seems due to poor design and badly implemented gameplay. Maybe it will grow on me, but I definitely feel like this game was way over-hyped.