Yeah the New Games Journalism could be a lot more interesting if it wasn't dominated by tragic narcissists who will never be happy about their profession because it's hard to impress people with. And you don't get enough opportunities to share your no-doubt-fascinating pontifications about politics in the Phillipines.
Whatever my reservations about Austin Walker, at least he seems like a person who isn't a constant trial to be around. His kind is rare.
Drop-in co-op could be an excellent addition to the game. As I remember from Skyrim's release, a lot of players want to show others the silly shit they are doing in their own universe. If there was also deeper house customization and other ways to make noticeable changes to the world, it could be almost like visiting someone's town in Animal Crossing.
Yes, it is perfectly reasonable to assume if they ever launched a multiplayer component, it would be a dumpster fire for months. But maybe this question is about what people would like to have in the game, not what Bethesda should try to do. (they will try to do it regardless of what anyone says on the internet)
Once you start playing, I recommend the Wikidot sites for both Demon's Souls and Dark Souls. They have good level maps.
Don't agonize about spoilers. Just stay away from pages that are clearly about something you haven't seen, like bosses. Info from outside sources is almost never the primary tool you need for making progress/not dying.