I'm apparently going to have to play that game (well, Demon Souls). It's hanging over me like a ghost, but I'm a bit scared of the punishment I might be in for. I worried I'll be running headfirst into a cascade of failure, although I guess I'll just have to suck it up and get to it or it will bother me forever.
The whole point of the Souls series is to improve and learn from your mistakes, so you can continue on with the game. It's punishing, but it does it in a way that forces you to learn. Sure, it's frustrating to lose all those hard-earned souls, but once you've beaten that boss that killed you so many times, the end result is extremely satisfying.