I beat Dark Souls II a few day ago! It took me around 55 hours to beat, finishing at soul level 136. I also apparently died close to 400 times? If the stone in Majula is to be trusted... it seems like a high number, but I guess I spent a lot of deaths trying to get to certain out-of-reach items (and I still never even reached several of them).
I'd say this game is harder than the first Dark Souls, but mostly because of the regular enemies. The bosses never posed too much of a challenge; I think the most difficult boss for me took around ten or so tries. The regular enemies though... holy crap! For more than one area, I had to finally resort to just sprinting past enemies to reach the fog gate, because I just couldn't take them all down without using up all of my Estus, leaving me with nothing for the boss fight. I know enemies stop respawning after awhile, but even so, killing all of them ten or so times seemed like too much of a hassle.†
As far as which game I liked more, I'd probably still go with the first Dark Souls, because there were a lot of really cool nuances in the level design that I didn't really see this time around. The only change I didn't like was that enemies stop respawning after they're killed around 10 times. This cuts down on the ability to farm items and souls (so certain items can become unobtainable until NG+, unless you want to make the game a lot harder). It's a change I can learn to accept, but I don't think it'll ever grow on me. Demon's Souls would probably be ranked right behind Dark Souls II. They're all really fantastic games though, so far there haven't been any bad experiences with the Souls series!†
I also watched knutaf stream the game last night, during his first ever blind playthrough! I'm amazed he managed to avoid almost any information about this game, aside from watching a few trailers. It was very entertaining to watch, as he would get insanely excited about the smallest things (you can fast-climb up ladders?!). He'll probably be streaming a lot in the coming weeks, so check it out at http://www.twitch.tv/knutaf
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* - SigfriedLion beat Dark Souls II, and gives his final thoughts on the journey! Major spoilers in this blog, so be wary! I wouldn't read it until you've beaten the game.
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