I'll go ahead and preface this by saying I adore the souls series. I never got the opportunity to play demon souls, but I put many, many hours into Dark Souls. I consider that game to be just about as close to perfect as a game can get. So when I say the sequel is just a slightly refined and better looking upgrade, I mean that as the highest praise I can give. My only real complaint is that Dark Souls 2 is a little easier on the basic difficulty than I would like. I've been able to beat just about every boss on my first attempt, with only one (the pursuer) taking about 10. Overall though, this game is still awesome. Easily my game of the year.