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Extremely tough for anyone playing it for the first time. I, myself, made at least 10 new characters before finishing the game.
Without Durante's fix you may frown at the fixed resolution of the PC port but those of you who can live without flashy graphics and classy effects won't even notice it. If it wasn't for the nosy mouse cursor that doesn't go away. Fortunately, with the fix, you can benefit from the higher computing power of your GPU with higher resolutions and better graphics and, most importantly, the disappearance of the mouse cursor from the screen with a push of a button.
Other than that the game provides incredible difficulty which can turn casual gamers away but real RPG freaks will have a blast. The first half-decent creature can beat you to a pulp if you're not careful. Lack of patience equals death. A moment's loss of concentration equals death. Rushing head-first into fights equals death. And so on, and so on to a many, many paths to a quick death. However, once you kill your first boss you feel like the world is yours for the taking.
In conclusion, a masterfully crafted game with an emphasis on battle and gameplay rather than story. No one is taking you by the arm and leading you through this game, so take your controllers and show it that no game is better than its players!
Game Traits applied to Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC) by MoreHumanThanHuman