Same here. It was all the glowing praise from Vinny on the Giant Bomb podcasts and ‘Load Our Last Souls’ which nudged me closer to Dark Souls. When I gave up on DS1, I just decided I’d be fine watching a playthrough to get the experience without the frustration.
I didn’t want to do that for DS2, so I resisted the urge to watch Patrick beat Scholar of the First Sin and Dark Souls 3. And I’m glad I held out all this time and finally powered through.
Now that I think about it, @robowitch, I haven’t really heard people express an opinion on the DS2 DLC. When most people talk about DS2, it’s usually just to say that they think it’s bad sequel. Personally, I think it’s much more accessible than DS1 (since fast travel is unlocked from the beginning), but the reduction in max health after every death is a little too punitive in a game that expects you to die over and over.
But anyway, I’ll check out the DLC because I do want to keep my character around a little longer. I had dabbled in a few of the DLC areas midway during my playthough, and I was completely steamrolled. Now that I’m pretty over-leveled, I can more fully enjoy the exploration of the new areas and story.
@cyberspacecat Thanks for the recommendations! I wasn’t aware of EpicNameBro, so that’ll definitely be something to check out.
Maybe part of the reason DS2 seemed better to me was because I never tried to put effort into perfecting my parry timing. While it sucked that enemy attacks tracked your movement, I always went with shield that had 100% damage reduction and I invested heavily in stamina and health, so it didn’t become a big issue past the early game.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a PS4, so I won’t ever play Bloodborne unless it comes to PC. From what I’ve seen, the enemy design in that game seems head and shoulders above DS2. My biggest frustrations with with it were that (1) most bosses boiled down to being a big guy with a shield, and (2) there were simply too many bosses (though a lot were optional), so it just eventually started to seem like a boss rush.