Another shitty from soft pc port. Tons of stuttering and frame drops. Unplayable.
Anecdotally, I have some frame hitches every 15 minutes or so, and yeah, they've gotten me killed 1-2 times, but for the most part it's been quite smooth for me. The weirdest graphics anomaly I've seen are the trees/shading from a distance being very shimmery, particularly in windy areas.
I have been keeping an eye on this thread in case a universal fix is made. There are a few small things you can do, like turn off motion blur, lower shadows, etc. But it seems like due to the more restrictive DRM From Soft enabled this time, any fan-made patches will be risky to run, and at the very least it will require offline play. Instead, the alternative is to wait for official patches to remedy the issues.
I also threw myself against that guy for an hour before realizing: Maaaaaybe I should go somewhere else, first. Or at least, grind up my sword so I'm not just chipping away a little bit at a time.After getting my ass whipped by Margit for the better part of an hour, I have to say...pretty tough for a first boss.
Edit: Rematched Margit after fretting over it all day (have I lost my touch?!). Got him in one! Still got it! That's cause for celebration!
And just because I haven't shared yet, here's how my guy's doing so far. Started as Prisoner, and have been enjoying the dex+int build so far.
I've invested in the Estoc, the Prisoner's starting weapon. It's a stabby/thrusting weapon, which really isn't my style at all, but the scaling is more dex-focused than other alternatives. So... it is what it is. My favorite weapon/moveset is still the Longsword—my most used weapon from Dark Souls 1, and it's even got the exact same moves. But it scales D with Dex so... not great!