I feel like From Software was pretty damn mean to make the first enemy you encounter be another hunter, especially since this is the first bit of content a lot of people will be playing after several months of downtime. Fortunately, it has only been a few weeks since I last played, so after a little bit, I got the hang of the controls again and was killing monsters as easily as I was before.
The setting is fantastic. I love exploring the twisted nightmare version of the Cathedral Ward during the day, and I love that there are plenty of short cuts and secret to discover all over the place.
As for difficulty, I'm finding it's actually kind of easy, which surprised me, since the Dark Souls 2 DLC was such a significantly huge difficulty spike relative to the rest of the game. However, I played the shit out of Bloodborne, getting a platinum trophy, and I'm level 204 on NG+, so that may account for why I'm having such an easy time with things. Both of the bosses I fought so far (Ludwig and The Living Failures) took me three tries each. I appreciate the fact that the bosses aren't ALL at the end of the DLC though like it was in Dark Souls 2, and so far have been pretty evenly spread out. The enemies in the meantime so far have been a pretty interesting mix, one in particular I realized was blind after a while, and as long as I walked, they wouldn't notice anything. Made clearing out the areas with them in it significantly easier once I figured it out.
So far I'm really digging it, and I'm really looking forward to playing more of it tomorrow.