Yeah pretty fair criticism I agree with you on the sword and shield thing I haven't used a shield build in ages. And the word hardcore is thrown around way to much with the souls games often by people who are only passively interested in the series. Hardcore for me are the people who do no heal boss runs or something not just someone who enjoys the games like me. And I never understood the critical negativity around DS2 it was a good game, more of the same with a few small changes. And to be fair to Patrick that's just how he felt about the game, nothing to really take apart there. His experience can never encompass everyone's opinions and lets be fair if you are really in to the souls games you don't go to kotaku for info, you go to Epicnamebro or Vaati on youtube. So Partick's article is fine because its aimed at people who are way less crazy for the souls games than you are.