Dark Souls is a difficult game.
It's difficult because it gives you an impossible task: struggle against insurmountable forces of darkness to return the world to the living. While this might sound like just another day for the average gamer (how many times have we already saved the universe?), Dark Souls takes a vastly different approach. Instead of giving you an arsenal of guns, serious magical skills, or unnatural resurrection powers, the game puts you in the shoes of a regular old chap. You have fleeting vitality, only the most basic of weapons, and the ability to absorb souls to improve yourself. Slowly.