Going back a few years, we have the spiritual predecessor to Dark Souls. Having a similar dark fantasy theme and also being received as a game that is fair, despite its insane difficulty which only enhanced the challenge that people would get out of it.
In comparison with Dark Souls, this game does not offer the same leniency when it comes to the option of skipping and area and coming back to it when you are ready. There aren’t that many paths to take here, only the straight ones that will most likely get you killed. One thing is for sure out of these two games: the one that you play first, is definitely the hardest.