At about 33 hours into the game, I THINK I'm nearing the end. I beat the Bed of Chaos boss, and I believe I need to go the Ruins of New Londo now to kill Sif or something, but a trend I've began to notice with a lot of the late game bosses is that the bonfires are placed very far away. The Bed of Chaos for instance, even with the Chaos Servant shortcut activated, took me about 5 minutes to run through - I HAD to kill the enemy on the bridge, because the one time I did try to run pass him, he one shot me. Also, whoever designed the Bed of Chaos boss needs to be punished - unless if Dark Souls 2 actually has a proper freaking jump button, there shouldn't be a boss that requires platforming.
Anyway, I feel like I'm just dying to the bosses over and over and over again now, and it's no fun at all anymore. It started with Artorias, who I think I died to about thirty times before I FINALLY beat him. These fights feel less like fights now, and more like memorization games with NO room for error. With Artorias for instance, I memorized all of his moves, I could dodge them perfectly, and he STILL was able to beat me a lot - It felt more like pure luck that I beat him rather than anything, and the feeling I got after beating him wasn't satisfaction or joy, but it was relief that I wouldn't be banging my head against a brick wall over and over again. Now I'm trying to fight Manus, and the stupid bonfire issue makes this fight even worse - the boss is hard enough without the stupid five minute run. I know the game is punishing, but come on, it's just not fun at all running back, it's beginning to feel like busywork.
So is this how it's going to be from this point on? Are bosses consistently going to be placed very far off from the bonfires? Even Seath, who wasn't that difficult of a boss fight, was far away from the nearest bonfire. Also, are bosses going to continue being this difficult? Manus in particular is kind of making me want to just stop playing, because he attacks so ridiculously fast and his moves are hard to dodge. I'm just getting tired of dying so much - and yeah, I know it's called Prepare to Die, but I'm Prepared to Quit if this keeps up. I was loving this game up to this point, now I'm rapidly beginning to lose interest.