Darrin @ PS3Blog.net says:
Awesome. Really awesome. This is the opposite of mass market accessibility. It's punishing, easily frustrating, humorless, cryptic, hard to figure out, and definitely for a certain niche of gamer. But it's spectacular. I would recommend this to any of the more patient players or RPG buffs out there.
The preview footage left me with the impression of a very drab, empty, simple looking game. This isn't something you would show off to a visitor to quickly dazzle them. However, when you are immersed into playing the game, the art style is absolutely awesome. This is far from generic cookie-cutter fantasy stuff and shows real artistic flair. Various items, monsters, and special scenery have some really wild and evocative designs that help draw you into the game and intensify the dark fantasy experience.
As everyone has heard, the game is hard, it punishes you, and you will die a lot. And when you die, the entire level respawns, and you have to find your corpse (actually a blood stain) to reclaim your "souls" which are the game's currency for buying/repairing/upgrading equipment and getting new skills. If you die before getting to your corpse, all your old souls are permanently gone and you will probably get frustrated. However, it's not that bad. You keep all of your inventory and loot as well as anything you bought with your souls across deaths. Secondly, after you play through a section several times, you figure out the tricks and it gets much easier to beat.