I might get shit for saying this but... Man... Dark Souls II. Dark Souls kicked my ass often but I never felt like I didn't earn those beatings. When I got my bearings, figuring out attack patterns/animations, I could take on any enemy or boss. Dark Souls II made me feel so weak and powerless, from the tough beginning to the bitter end. No matter what play style I tried, I got my ass handed to me on a platter, and it often didn't feel like a fair defeat. There are too many instances of multiple enemies ganging up on you, and certain bosses are just too tough to take on alone. Sure, there is an in-game mechanic to deal with tough enemies and bosses, summoning, but needing to use it so often cheapened the overall game experience for me.
Dark Souls remains my favorite of the series, followed by Demon's Souls, with Dark Souls II struggling to keep up at the rear. It pains to me to say so--I really wanted to love this sequel--but there it is...
I can get behind that. Loved the first Dark Souls, felt like every death was my fault and I knew why it happened. I know DS2 can be tamed but it doesn't feel quite as fair. I haven't played Daemon souls so I cant comment on that.
I don't understand any of this. DS2 feels far easier than previous games, which I totally attribute to the fact that we played the previous games and knew what to expect, but how is it not fair? No boss fights are as shitty as Smough and Ornstein, no area as shitty as Tomb of the Giants.
I had no problem with Smough and Ornstein, no matter what build I brought to the fight. I know that's not the norm but that was my experience. Ditto the Tomb of Giants, although I had the bug thing that you wear on your head that emits light, so navigation wasn't an issue. But that's what it comes down to really: personal experience--it felt unfair at times to me but I can't say that the game was inherently unfair. After all, you don't think so, along with plenty of other folks; and I'm not about to tell you that your experience, or anyone else's experience for that matter, wasn't valid, because of course it was.