I've just reached the Hidden Village (I believe that's the name). Is that area this game's Blighttown? I'm really hating it. I've used up all my health items and have decided to just sprint through as much as I can but that, of course, didn't get me far. It did get me to the second lamp, though.
Also, my first impressions were how linear the game felt and someone dissuaded me saying it opens up. It did, briefly, feel like it was. But after that it seems like every new area you find there is a lamp with a locked door near it and then you follow a linear path to the boss which has said locked door near it for you to create a shortcut. And then you fight the boss and move on to the next path. That's fine but I guess I expected it to be open like the other games felt.