its a hard game, but its a learn from your mistakes game, where there is less skill involved and more know-how. I am close to beating dark souls with my level 1. He uses a hand axe and combustion.
NGS-2 was not as hard on normal, but quite hard on higher difficulties. I only finished it on normal. Also it was cheap without letting you really learn from your mistakes. You need to be a twitch master to dodge some of those boss attacks and such.