I've never played a souls game, and I hadn't planned to play this one either. Difficult, methodical combat is not a trope I enjoy in gaming. I decided to pass.
Cut to three weeks after release, all three of my sons were playing, every single person I knew was playing, everyone was saying the same thing. Wow! I bought a copy.
I played the first 60 hours without fighting a single boss. Just exploring the world, and leveling up. I was able to truly play my way, how I saw fit. I fell in love. I played through the game three times, earned the platinum trophy and collected every single item and defeated every boss.
I miss playing. Thinking about starting a fourth play.