This game got rave reviews and I bought it on a whim (long ago) but quickly discovered it was designed for sadomasochists. To me it didn't seem challenging, it seemed outright cheap, not even giving a chance. It's been sitting behind me, in my row of PS3 games giving me the evil look for too long so I said screw it and decided to try it once again. I've been playing for hours (in fact I had to restart (new character) after I made good progress) now and my conclusion is the same, there is a difference between being challenging and being outright cheap. It doesn't need skill, it simply requires the player to be insanely slow and methodical with everything and still craps on that with instant death traps. It really is made for sadomasochists I read some guides to make a strong build, as usual the guide screwed me and I put too much points into strength (22 instead of 18) and being a sadistic game of course there is no way to reset stats. I chose to go with the Blueblood Swordsman build since it seemed the most interesting. To get the Blueblood Sword that requires going from world 1-1 to 4-1 (for gear) to 5-1, 5-2 then 5-3 to get the demon soul required. To say that it world 5 is hell is an understatement, I've never suffered more playing a video game than 5-2 in this game. It's been a long time since a game literally made me suffer. The entire atmosphere is gloomy and depressing as all hell and is poisonous, constantly eating away at your character. I read ahead and loaded up with a regenerating ring and shield before entering and I had a nightmare of time beating it. I can't imagine how it would have been for someone who didn't know what was coming and not loaded with gear to fight off the poison. There was some cheap death trap combined with more poison at every turn. It was so horrible I don't even feel like going to 5-3 now so I can finally get that Blueblood Sword which was the goal from the beginning. World 5 is called "The Valley of Defilement". That's understatement, I feel defiled playing through the first two parts of it.