@texasgoldrush: I liked DS2 way better. I took DS3 back to GameSpot and traded it for MGSV before I beat it. The game was downright terrible. The worst was the no clipping on the multiple charging enemies, nothing less fun than getting stabbed by a sword going through an enemy's torso.
I also agree it was a step back on level design. It was the most linear of the series, it was just a dreadful game in every respect. It was as if they were just making up levels as they went along.