Actually, the claymore has the same 2 hit combo with its thrust attack as the long sword. The bastard sword does not.
Ah well, I keep redoing the start with each class. lol. I can speed run the first bell. Never had as much trouble as others. My Sorceress is the easiest at the start. 60 soul arrows right from the start of the game is hilarious. Equip a Rapier and you have the Royalty Class from Demon Souls. And we all loved the Royalty Class, right? Who said Demon Souls was hard. lol
If you get the sealer set from blight town using the short cut through New Londo, you get a catalyst with 145 AR. Not bad for the start, enough to one shot the early enemies and 2 - 3 shot balder knights. Even more easy mode. Blight town is where it gets hard but nowadays I prefer just using the shortcut to get through blighttown fast. I only go through the depths entrance to quickly get the ninja armor and then I use a homeward bone to get back to firelink shrine.
Blighttown is the worst area in both games. UGH.
Note, I'm posting in the game because I play the PC version and haven't had much time to play a lot of it till recently. I did have a little time in September though never actually beat the game. However, I have seen lets plays including the 1 hour speed run...inhuman....lol Now I'm playing around with every class to find my favorite and trying to beat it myself.
Take you wikispaces for throughly spoiling me. Don't feel bad about using it because I'm OCD about getting everything in these types of games.