More than anything, the Souls games just feel clunky in a way many other combat orientated games don’t. Movement feels off somehow, and there really doesn’t seem to be a way to make the gameplay feel smooth in the way that I’d describe GoW as smooth. Of course, I understand that those are more me problems that anything else.
A bigger issue imo is the level design in certain areas. I know it has been circlejerked, but both Bed of Chaos as well as the Capra Demon are downright irritating boss fights, simply because of their level design.
As I’ve said, my issue with these games has never been their difficulty, although I feel that there are sections that could be described as unfair. Bare in mind that I think these games are pretty fantastic, I just wish people would stop putting them on this pedestal as utter masterpieces with no issues at all, which imo they are not.