I had no idea people hacked the PS3 version. I guess I naively thought it was too much effort for people, but I was hanging out in the forest today in human form and happened to summon a white phantom who I won't name to avoid giving undue publicity. He appears and instantly starts Dark Grain-flipping in full Havel armor with the "Grant" hammer... like nonstop. He also had what appeared to be 0 or 1 health, so I downed an Estus and his health didn't move one bit with my +5 flask.
Gotta admit, I thought it was pretty amusing how totally blatant he was with his hacking. Before my suspicions were confirmed completely, a spirit invades, he ninja flips his way over to him at Benny Hill-like speeds, and before the poor dude knows what's happening he's getting backstabbed. Another invades, and another, and his antics are repeated. I message him something like "didn't know PS3 hacking was possible," but he doesn't respond.
At this point I'm feeling pretty guilty, having racked up almost half a million souls (I think I'm level 108 or so). This isn't really fun and I can already feel the whole game getting stale (don't know why anyone would willingly ruin such a great game for themselves). I'm about to send him home when he drops an item in the distance. I pick it up, and it's a crystallized sword called "?weaponName?" or something similar, with 427 base damage and +125 stat adjustment. He then promptly drops another for me, this time with 999999/80 durability (although after using it a bit later-on (on the npc forest phantoms) I found it has the normal crystal weapon durability and isn't repairable).
Anyways, I barely notice another spirit invading who quickly Soul Spears me and I die (I really suck at PVP). I get my bloodstain and then Mr. Hacker invades as a Spirit of Vengeance at the exact same time as another SoV and in the exact same location (does he have access to a server browser-type-thing, too?). He doesn't attack me, but it doesn't matter because I suck and the other SoV promptly backstabs me.
Whole thing bummed me out, I guess. Must suck on the PC where this stuff is far more rampant. The gameplay they've shown of Dark Souls 2 looks fucking incredible, but more than anything I want them to address the hacking (and lag, while we're at it).
Anyone else see any PS3 hacking? In your experiences, is it as bad on the PC/360 as Youtube would have me believe?
edit: did a 2-second Google search and this came up: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/608635-dark-souls/66057655 . Same basic thing, it seems, though they don't say what platform they're playing on.