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Brilliant at first, then the flaws become apparent
Reviewed in Australia on 29 March 2022
Limgrave is a very well done area, plenty of bosses to defeat, and nooks and dungeons to explore. The issue is that later areas feel more empty and become more prone to copy and paste; bosses are reused as regular enemies or get put into another boss fight, which could be just 2 of them or a variation. It also suffers from a continual lack of reason to engage, well, pretty much anything in combat. Enemies also just drop too few runes, or are multiplied by at least 5 and bunched together; reminiscent of Dark Souls 2. You also spend a lot of the time just riding Torrent (your horse) through rather barren and increasingly uninteresting areas - even though you could be in a new section of the map.
Apart from all that, the combat also doesn't really do much new, it still feels exactly like Dark Souls 3 and every major boss feels like it's copied Nameless King's delayed attack moveset. Which is effective at roll catching, but it gets boring. Bloodborne and Sekiro have better combat and there's other open world games that just feel better. Ultimately it's just a new souls experience, but I can't see myself playing it again now that I've beaten it.