Sorry it's not a Super Mario game, I guess. Every person who bought this game knew it was going to be "harder" than the first one. You knew what you were getting into. Put your big boy pants on or put the game back on your shelf. I have been playing since Demon Souls, and this game is easier than its predecessors. You are given items from areas you pass through that shine the way to the new areas. And then you come back to the older ones once you have sufficiently leveled up, so is that not Dark Souls...? What kind of street cred do you need to boohoo about a game in an article?