The difficulty is vastly overplayed ime. These games aren't ninja gaiden or nioh or ikaruga levels of hair ripping bullshit. They just demand that you pay attention to your environment and understand that even lowly enemies can wreck your shit if you get overconfident. It's nothing like the witcher series other than both are fantasy series and action/rpgs. It's more akin to an old school game where the adventure is more of the point. There is a story but it's not really the crux of the game imo, whereas with the Witcher series the story is the best element by far. The combat style is completely different too. There is signicantly more weapon/loadout variety in a souls game. Weapons will smack into walls if you use the wrong attack or too big of a weapon.