I still think it is the best game in the series. True, you'll find more refinement among inventory and whatnot in the others, and you'll appreciate the changes more in Dark Souls, but in terms of lore / setting, I prefer Demon's Souls. Dark Souls is a very close second and you should definitely play both, if you can muster enough endurance to finish both.
Thanks @drewbert for the recommendation to read this, and thanks to you (Nals) for taking the time to write this up. Very interesting and informative. I'm sipping on a regular cup of Starbucks House Blend from a coffee maker, but will gladly explore other options in the future and use this as a guide.
I believe the Liberator is the one you're referencing, and you're right it was available through the 4th of July, however, to my knowledge hasn't been available in the PS4 or X1 version unless doing a race or something. (not to purchase...yet...maybe 7/4/15?)
The one that is available to purchase is the Marshall, for returning players. However isn't available if you hadn't played the x360 or PS3 version. Before I borrowed or rented the last gen version to see if it triggers the ability to purchase it in the PS4 version, I was hoping someone else here has already tried and can confirm if it works or not. The same goes for the other unlocks in Single player and Online.
I think Brad being a reviewer, will do it. Now that he's officially hooked on the series and knows quite a bit about the lore and character builds, I think he'll be in the best position to do it justice. I'd say Rorie then Vinny for a close 2nd and 3rd though.
I would love to see another Vinny run through with maybe Rorie and Brad chiming in from time to time, next year, would be great.