BB has the most laborious entry point of any Souls game I've played (DS 1 +2). Once you beat that first boss and have the ability to level up, things will start clicking.
Watching my girlfriend play this game has really shown me how poorly done the beginning is. The placement of the tutorial messages are out of the way and extremely easy to miss. The first shortcut you unlock is maybe the hardest one to get to in the entire game. The fastest and most efficient way to it is to break a bunch of objects to reveal a secret ledge you can jump down to. A ledge which is placed in a terrible, terrible position. The game naturally leads you away from it, and towards couple of beasts that will most likely kill you instead. Keep in mind, new players to the series don't even know they are suppose to be looking for these kinds of shortcuts. If this has been later on in the game then it would be perfectly acceptable, but for being the first time that players are introduced to the flow and progression of the game it is awful.