I love this game, but this game does not return that love. It is tough, an uphill battle for points and upgrading skill points. Sound negative? Not at all. As one reviewer wrote, it harkens back to the days of gaming that rewarded persistance. "Demon's Souls" is one of the most involving RPGs I have ever played. It brings equal amounts of joy, in defeating towering bosses and endless levels, and pain, when you die (which happens a lot) and all the souls (points) you collected are left behind in a blood stain, deep within some treacherous level. Not for the faint-of-heart, or the ADD crowd, but highly worth the money you will spend. What will the sequel be like?
Oh, and the online component is equally as innovative. Either enter another player's game to aide them in difficult situations, or invade their game to kill them and mess with their heads. Brillant..