It's meant to be harder (if that's possible) than Demon Souls.
And there's a large gulf between games that are easy and that game!
What bothers me more are things like this (from IGN):
"One of the mid-game bosses, meanwhile, emits corrosive bile that swiftly degrades your equipment if you get stuck in its flow, potentially leaving you standing naked in front of a hideous dragon with a broken sword. There's no way to repair weapons and
armor once they've been completely destroyed, so it's possible to lose all your best gear in this battle."
I think the actual game looks fantastic and it's been getting some great reviews, however after reading quite a few comments like "Prepare To Be Frustrated" etc etc ... this has put me off, I take my hat off to anyone that has the patience to play it through
and beat it but for me if it's going to make me pull my hair out in frustration then it's defeated the reason I play games, for fun.
well my initial reaction to that is that there's something amiss. Ten hours is absurd to focus on one thing in a game. The end result for me would be that the tediousness and frustration woiuld destroy the immersion and kill the interest.
so this clearly isnt a game for you....you have been warned, and if you choose to buy the game you cant then turn around and complain about the game...but if you want a game to challenge your skills then Dark Souls is for you