I played the first Dark Souls right the way through. I thought at first that the reason II felt easier was because I was used to how it worked. I knew my own style.
But I've done quite a few bosses now and none of them have felt particularly horrendous. Like when I fought Ornstein and Smough in the first game I had this unquenchable feeling of "I am NEVER going to be able to do this".
Dark Souls II comes along and I defeat "The Last Giant" without taking damage. I defeat Ornstein in this game without dying and I was in the Company of Champions covenant at the time!
I defeated most of the other bosses with more difficulty but each time I knew exactly what it was I was doing wrong. Which is exactly like it should be only this time it was much easier.
I mean what gives? I actually had to go into my player info page just to make sure that I was in fact in the Company of Champions covenant because I couldn't tell any difference.
Also is the online mode broken? I know co-op is turned off whilst in the Company of Champions but I've only been in that for about two hours and even before then I had nearly 18 hours of play without having a single invader.