@Justin, how is it possible to fully review a game that you barely scratched the surface of? You say a con for this game is it's indecipherable story, but you didn't take the time to explore the game enough to recognize the story. You made it through No Man's Warf, well that means you probably only played through 6 of the 34 areas in the game. Granted if you beat the Pursuer boss there is a way to make it straight to the Lost Bastille but it doesn't appear as though you traveled in that direction. My point is you didn't play enough of the game to experience the story. You say that you completely missed The Emerald Herald in Majula. You say the Souls game didn't direct you to her and that is why you missed her. Well, Majula is something like the central hub of DkS2 so it would only make sense to search that entire area and talk to everyone there. It's not like she was hidden. She's standing right next to bonfire staring out over the cliff. It's things like this that lead me to think you rushed through most of your play time. I, for one, am thankful that there is no hand holding directing you to your next npc or objective like in games like Skyrim, Fallout, GTA... That is why you need to explore all areas to get the most out of this type of game.You say that the leveling of your stats is tedious and at times unexplained. Did you happen to see that while upgrading your character you can view what every option entails? Same thing goes for all your weapons, armor and all other obtainable items. I really believe this type of game isn't for everyone. I've beaten both Demon's Souls and Dark Souls. I'm currently playing through Dark Souls 2 and all I can say is that you need to invest your time in these games and they will reward you with great gaming memories and unforgettable gaming accomplishments. All I can say is maybe if you give this game another chance and take your time to enjoy it thoroughly you may feel differently.