It has a lot of dark souls style mechanics in it . You have stamina based combat, loss of XP on death, refillable health flask, shrine based checkpoints etc. it’s definitely easier to play but it does get far more challenging as you progress through the world. I’ve died more in this than I have in a play through of a DS game.I started it earlier and played like 2 hours. Not really seeing what folk are raving about. Combat was simple and rather dull. Got an A. I companion that doesh't seem needed. Enemies were easy to beat. The first boss was a let down.
People compare it to dark souls, but from what I played it is more like Fable without the humour.