Since you mentioned DkS3, I'll use that as comparison. On normal mode, it's too easy compared to DkS3 and DkS3 is easier than DkS2. So that's something to think. Overall though, the storyline is good, the three endings are alright. One of the ending is quite unexpected so if I have to rate it overall, I'll give out 8/10. The minus 2 is because of the relatively short gameplay, and one particular map that made me want to vomit (literally vomit because I got sick looking at it) 🤣🤣
P.S: Rating may change after this upcoming DLC.