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Finished this off today, although as I mentioned in the Dark Souls thread, I wasn't quite sure that I had. It doesn't really "end", and it leads you to believe that something major is going to happen, but doesn't. A little bit underwhelming in that aspect, but I can't be too upset about that, since it was a really good piece of DLC either way.
I was hoping that the DLC for the game would bring something weird and different, given how most of the base game isn't too out-there in terms of what Dark Souls has come up with in the past. This did deliver on that more or less. A very gorgeous area with some weird new things to see. I guess the fact that it's conceptually similar to an area in the first game might be a bit disappointing to some, but given that I've never played that area, it didn't bother me. I think this area delivers some new original stuff too, in terms of certain enemy types, and some very cool new weapons. The level of interweaving and alternate routes was quite impressive too.
I found it unexpectedly tough though. It had certain enemies that were significantly harder than almost everything in the base game, and taken as a whole, it's probably harder than any other zone on average. To a level that I think is even a bit out of line with the rest of the game. I may have been a bit rusty at the start, but even once I got back in to the swing of playing, I still found it almost impossible to take down a large number of the enemies about the place.
As for the bosses, one was excellent, while the other, I don't really know what to make of. Trying to keep it as spoiler-free as possible, there was one boss that was insanely hard, and which caused quite a lot of aggravation towards the beginning. But once I came back with a clearer mind and started to get the hang of them and learn their patterns, they became really fun to go up against, even if I was getting my arse kicked over and over. The other boss, which seemed equally as brutal on my first try when I was unprepared, I managed to deal with relatively easily the next time I attempted them. Somewhat indifferent about that boss, but the former was great.
Overall I enjoyed it quite a lot. I don't think it was the best it could have been, and I've yet to try the PvP arena mode, it was still a great time, and maintained what is great about the base game. Looking forward to the next one.