After some inspiration from Vinny's LOLS and Brad playing Demon's Souls, I started playing Dark Souls last Friday. I've played about 20 hours so far, and within the first couple of hours I realized that it's not at all as difficult as I was lead to believe. It can be a little unfair and unforgiving at times, yes, but just suck it up. Forget the souls and learn from your mistakes. The trick is to master the game mechanics and be patient. When you get impatient, as you tend to do when you just want to retrieve your souls after dying, you will die to even the simplest enemies. Like with the Balder Knights early in the game. They're just a tiny bit stronger than the other enemies, but if you stress out, they'll riposte and one hit kill you.
As most people, I got my ass handed to me by the Taurus Demon a couple of times. But then I learned from my mistakes and beat him without losing any health on the next try. It was in fact incredibly easy when I knew what to do. I trained parrying and ripostes for a while and when I felt I had the hang of it, I beat that asshole Black Knight to a pulp, and all of his friends as well when I encountered them.
The game encourages you to change it up every now and then. Your sick and seemingly overpowered armor may be completely useless in an area because the enemies might inflict damage that it doesn't protect against, or it might be too heavy to give you the agility you need for the encounter.
I have a ways to go before I'm finished, but I don't just want to finish the game, I want to see everything, beat every boss, and get every item. Few games have that effect on me.
Dark Souls: probably the best €5.99 I've ever spent.