Dark Souls. I did it. After starting it twice before, I finally started it and played the game to completion. My first playthrough, as I later found out, was almost doomed to fail for a newbie such as myself. I chose the Deprived class, which starts with nothing but a club. After four hours of frustration, I did a little research and discovered that one of the better classes for a beginner was the Pyromancer. Started a Pyromancer and did reasonably well. Some twenty-five hours in, I was struggling every step of the way, having handicapped myself severely by trying to become a Jack-of-all-trades. I finally abandoned that playthrough and put the game on hold for about six months.
When I finally came back a little over a week ago, I started fresh with a Warrior. Things immediately got off to a better start, and though I still struggled a bit in some of the early parts, once I got the Drake Sword, things started looking up. I also finally started upgrading weapons and spending more time properly developing my character, instead of upgrading random stats.
And I must say I enjoyed the game greatly. There were quite a few moments of frustration, but in the end, I had a lot of fun. I used a walkthrough a lot, but really, a walkthrough can only do so much in a game like Dark Souls.
Congratulations. From all I have heard about this game, completing it is quite an accomplishment. I agree about the walkthrough thing, they can be helpful but ultimately it is you that has to prevail. Speaking of which, you must be feeling pretty good about persevering right about now. Congratulations again! :D