I know i can get a lot of dislikes just for telling a truth nobody here wants to admit, but i refuse to call "souls players" to those who only touched the 3rd and easiest game. I don't give a s**t about that at this point.
I've been thinking about how the playerbase and the community of dark souls went from "greatly friendly and supporting" to "extremely toxic and easily offended with anything" since this game came out, and i think i've got one of the main reasons.
And that is a game design i don't like a single bit from a souls game. In the previous games, including demon's souls, the player started as basically nothing. From the very start of dark souls 1, the game pretty much tells you that you are a disposable piece of sh*t at best. And has no problems reminding you of that to the very end. The same goes with dark souls 2 and bloodborne, where you re a complete nobody until the end of the game.
Here? Here you are better treated than the goddamn royality of anor londo. You turn out to be basically a spartan from the start, no matter what class did you choose. You get to the shrine and bam! The specifically-for-you firekeeper tells you that you re the chosen one to bring 4 lords of cinders back to their thrones, dead or alive. Then you get the teleport from the start because reasons (making another interconnected map of those was too much for them, i guess), you beat the zone and one of the first sane persons you find in the game is emma, the grand priestessand one of the lothric kingdom's pillars of power. One would feel like he-man at this point.
So basically, part of the blame for the community's downgrade is the game itself being too soft. The previous games chewed you over and over unless you knew your place and got used to hell itself, until you eventually became experienced enough to overcome any odds. Here, you re just walking through the park while receiving pats over your head just for catching up with the basics. This is why the culmination of the series that is dark souls 3 will not be at the same level as it's predecessors. (Yeah, even dark souls 2 surpasses this game. Shove it.)