i have played this game all the way though with my freind. If you are looking for a dark souls style game but with much more simplified RPG mechanics, then this is the game for you. When playing, you can only upgrade your stats by equipping new armor, and upgrading your weapons. you also have four runes that give passive bonuses, and a single artifact you can equip to give you some kind of gameplay changing buff. like if you dont get hit for 50 seconds, the next hit you take does significantly less damage, or you deal more damage if you attack five times in a row without being hit, etc.
my only complaints are that the game itself seems rather small. unlike dark souls, there are no big side areas you can explore. My other complaint is the multiplayer. playing with a freind is a blast and on a gameplay aspect its as good as it could be. my issue is how you can even join with a freind in the first place, as you both need to be at the same point in the story and standing in the same relative area to join. there is no invite system of any kind, just a tag filter you can use. aside from those complaints, it is still a great game.