I decided to give Dark Souls another shot.
Admittedly the first time I played it I wasn't too much into a long RPG at the time, was just seeing what the fuss was about, got frustrated and quit like 5 hours in.
After having some more time with it and actually planning and really putting effort into learning the game, it's pretty good and not nearly as hard/frustrating as some (including myself) would have made it out to be. I mean, I've killed the last 3 major bosses without dying once, the game isn't hard or frustrating if you treat it more like a strategy game than a third person RPG.
Anywho, enjoying it a lot at the moment.