Demon's Souls is hard, but straightforward. Beyond the obvious initial layer of this game is a surprising subtlety and depth that I just wasn't expecting. From sight, to sound, to control, to game play, this game pulls off a very high level of environmental sophistication without a lot of complexity getting in the way of the user experience. This is exceedingly rare and it is these combination of factors that make this game so outstanding in an already exceptional field. It makes for the most compelling RPG experience I have had to date.