picked it up tuesday, and gotta say they delivered on the "harder than demon's souls" part, died a bunch and I'm not sure how far into the first area (Undead Burg/Parish) I am. definitely more open than demon's souls, as there are no archstones that teleport you to self contained levels, so far it's all one big area with different paths through. Bonfires act much the same as the nexus from the demon's souls, as it restores your health, you can level up your stats at them, repair your armor, etc. However, every time you rest at a bonfire it respawns all of the normal enemies (bosses/dark knights do not respawn). Also, instead of becoming a spirit when you die you are "hollowed", when in Hollowed status you look undead (which actually looks cooler than your living/human form imo lol). You can still only summon other players while in "human" status, however you can be summoned even while "human" (though from what I hear the servers need work as players can only see people summon points if that person's ping is close to theirs, rather than in demon's souls where a summon point was visible to everyone who was playing online). Another addition is that of Estus Flasks, these are your healing items, the lowest number in a stack you can have is 5, and these are your -only- hp restoration items (at least so far as I've seen), though they are recharged every time you rest at a bonfire. You can increase the number you have in a stack by offering Humanity at a bonfire, though this can only be done while you're in a Human state. You can still invade other players' worlds, though now it seems that invasion is limited to consumable items rather than an infinitely useable item. I've also heard that dropping items in a level and waiting til they disappear/resting at a bonfire will create "Vagrants", some kind of enemy, in your own server or possibly other peoples' servers. Sadly, no extra functionality for dual wielding seems to have been added. Almost forgot, appears you can join different groups (Covenants) in Dark Souls, it also appears that this is the only way to learn spells/miracles, as one npc was only willing to teach me miracles after I'd joined his group, and it appears that you have a rank within each covenant, as he wouldn't divulge details about his group's working unless I offered a certain amount of souls. All in all I'd say it's better than demon's souls in nearly every way so far.