I appreciate all the wonderful info.
It sounds like a mixed bag of things I really like, and things I really hate to be honest. Could go either way.
In any event, I'm sold on giving Souls 1 a shot considering the price of it at this point.
The no music thing has me a bit put off. It really got on my nerves that there was no music for Dragons Dogma. I keep an open mind however that, perhaps I will feel differently about it with Souls.
I honestly think I would have been singing the praise of Demon's to this day had it not been for having to pull a re-start. I literally could not progress due to my character coupled with where I saved. As I said, I like "difficult" when I know that (with enough effort) I can succeed. That WAS NOT the case with my demons save file I had to abandon. On that note...
I wouldnt be afraid of screwing up the progression in Dark however, the game is super flexible and allows for all kinds of playstyles. Upgrading equipment is much more crucial than placing points on stats and it's very clear cut which stats will be better for your chosen playstyle.
^^ That was my primary concern/turn off. So I greatly appreciate hearing that holy! Thanks for the advice.