I decided to challenge myself slightly and pick up Dark Souls 2 a short while back, and after watching and laughing at everyone getting slaughtered in Dark Souls, I decided it was my time now.
I have to say, this is actually an extremely fun and rewarding game. I'm trying to remember the last time I felt the same sense of accomplishment that I do when I kill one of the bosses in the game. It's also very weird coming from an mmo-mindset how they've managed to balance out stuff fairly well in the sense that levels aren't really that important, but knowing mechanics and reacting to events is.
I played my first Cleric-character for a bit, and then decided to try more of a straight up sword/shield fighter, and it's just really cool to see how quick and efficient I was able to bypass most of the tricky parts, through my past experience, not really due to any difference in gear/playstyle.
I strongly recommend this game if you're able to persevere through some adversity, and, if you have a controller. The keyboard/mouse controls are quite horrible, but it's quite decent with a controller.