I just beat the game, it's not as hard as people make it out to be lol... Yhorm nailed me once (as i went to heal) so he took two tries, Dancer took 2, Dragonslayer Armor took two (cause I backrolled off the bridge >.<), and NAmeless King took 2 tries only cause I rushed it a little. Other then that, killed every boss on the first try... then again I spent 5 days farming the ascended knights once I got up there for more levels (instead of playing the game over and over and over, and I followed the guide to get the Usurp ending the first time). Vgr 40, Att 26, End 36, Vit 80, Str 50, Dex 50, Int 40, Fth 25, Luck 10... But I had already killed everything before the twin princes before I even started soul farming (with every item including mendicant staff). And I suck at parrying so much I dont' even use a shield for that anymore. I use one with weapon skill. I don't get why people compare every game to this when it comes to difficulty. I've played harder games lol... well... time for the dlc.