I'll agree the framerate dips can be annoying, but other than that this game is incredible to me. The areas are so varied and the game is deep and rich, I like it more than demons souls. Plus the coop is tons of fun, lots of people to help and have help you.
The developer stated repeatedly that it's not a sequel to demons souls so while they share similarities it shouldn't be expected to be like it.
I still don't understand complaints about the difficulty, it's part of the game style, and it's all surmountable. This kind of difficulty was normal in the 8 bit and 16 bit days. Games like the original zelda were crazy hard! I'm about 60% complete the game probably and I'm not amazing at action games by any means.
I look at the encounters and challenges as puzzles to solve. Like the boss fight against queen queelag, I was destroyed on my own at first. So I got summoned by some people who were doing it and learned her mechanics of the fight. After that she was easy and I solo'd her no problem.
Similarly a powerful item will be somewhere and a bunch of enemies that are super powerful are blocking it, so I'll strip down and make a mad dash for it, rolling to dodge attacks and just make it, get killed but keep the item, i get a kick out of it.
Edited by mothrpe - 10/12/11 at 8:56am