Another thing, would this be a good place to have discussions on just "Soulsborne" in general and not necessarily a specific title? It's hard to find places where good discussions on things can be had. Dark Souls 3 is the hotspot at the moment obviously since it's the "newest," while boards for the other games in the series seem pretty much dead or barely hanging on. Discord is too much **** -post central to be productive for discussions, almost no matter where you go, YouTube comments are AIDS, Reddit isn't great either (seems people are pretty "territorial" about their particular game on each individual subreddit for each game which isn't conductive for any discussion about the series in general save maybe lore speculation) and this being the best place still has its problems, ones that I already mentioned. Traffic is most concentrated on the newer titles while the Demon's Souls board isn't highly populated, Dark Souls 1 slightly better, Dark Souls 2 slightly worse, Bloodborne OK, and Dark Souls 3 the only really proactive one.
I bring this up because now that the series has officially ended I've seen a few videos on the subject talking about the series of games as a whole, or more precisely their evolution over the years from Demon's to Dark 3 and a fair share of criticism, complaints and such about how the games changed and what they ended up becoming as their focus past Dark Souls 1. For instance Matthewmatosis and his video on "The Lost Soul Arts of Demon's Souls" which after watching I'm still confounded as to why he's so well-respected as a "critic" when it came across to me as him fanboying over Demon's Souls for being "different" without going into why the things that distinguish it are any good (like the game's tendency systems, or his love of "puzzle"/gimmick bosses over more combat-oriented ones) and just cynically trashing the later titles and mechanics like respec, because... I don't know, it's a feature a lot of people like and he's an elitist twat who thinks these games should remain obfuscating and for niche crowds only? I don't know, he doesn't explain his points well at all, meanders a bit, jumps into side topics and back again, then baffling statements like calling Bloodborne "design by committee" because it was well-marketed by Sony? Only maybe two points did he bring up any legitimate grievances with the later games, or things inherent to all the games they never fixed, but that's maybe a total of less than a minute of a 24-minute video that just rambles. His only other video I saw was for Dark Souls 2 which last I remember it I thought was poorly done, and this video doesn't make him any more endearing to me.
We've set the bar very, very low for video game criticism if this guy is supposed to be among the top dogs, not that I thought video game criticism was in a state other than sorry to begin with. Films, literature, even music and television despite their issues with some shallow or useless critics is still more robust, intelligent and informed as a whole than what we have for video games, where the best content about games comes more from long-time enthusiasts, collectors, the armchair historians (or professional, if they are making a YouTube living) than anyone else, let alone "critics." Channels like Lazy Game Reviews or Matt Barton are top-of-the-line as far as I'm concerned. "Analysis" channels from what I've seen at best are over-reaching, try-very-hard-but-miss-the-mark or at worst barely try at all and rely on shallow cynicism and non-analysis pretending to be analysis, like the impression I've gotten from the likes of Matthewmatosis.
Through Dark Souls of futures past. The speed runner longs to see. One boost between a pair of binos. Parry Walk with Me.