Yeah nice that you've found a bit of a groove with DS3 Karl! Personally I really like the more expansive combat options in 3 and have never really had an issue with some of the things you're describing - for me it's possibly the best feeling Souls combat out of all the ones I've played!
I don't know if you've visited Archdragon Peak but it's well worth seeking out if you haven't!
Yeah, I have particularly weird taste! Rock hard bosses don't bother me at all, I'll sit there and figure it out, but I think when I'm exploring I just want to focus on that. Otherwise it's a bit too... stressful? It's hard to put into words but I'm glad I found a way to do that even if it's probably not entirely the intended experience.
I'll keep an eye out! Seen references to it but not sure I'm far enough in quite yet.
I did find a wonderful new Dark Souls waifu though. Yorshka cute !
Speaking of NPCs, the Karla story is pretty dark, isn't it? Glad I figured out to go back and rescue her. I also had Yuria murder Anri and then I "married" his corpse. The plot takes so much of a backseat that I don't really think too much about these things, but yeah, bit grim!