According to steam I've played Dark Souls for about ten hours, only three of which were spent in loading screens while I attempted to change various native and mod settings to make it playable on the PC. My experience with the game was that you talk to NPCs who give nonsensical monologues, then you fight a bunch of skeleton guys who kill you fifteen times before you figure out how to beat them. I loved the first two Gothic games, so I can say with certainty that shitty controls and sadistic difficulty levels aren't a problem for me. But Gothic had the advantage of an interesting world and characters. The world of Dark Souls is empty in a way that's not particularly interesting.