It's not trying to guide you along since you can take different routes. you do get keys that unlock doors to new areas if you don't take the master key. --- Kill one man, You're a murderer. Kill 1,000 men, You're a king. Kill them all....and You're a god!
The enemies aren't overpowered, just try to be more careful and don't run straight into any encounter. Go slow and think about what you're doing. --- The moderation staff and system on this website are both absolutely terrible.
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You have to talk to the npcs in firelink a lot and pay attention to what they say. And do not rush in even after you have beaten the game the lowest most weakest foes will kill you if you get surrounded. --- Sen's Fortress Siege. 360> http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/608635-dark-souls/63998325 PS3> http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/606312-dark-souls/63998418
So you beat the Taurus Demon... did you try going forward? Because forward, has no OP enemies.
Unless of course you have the master key, and went a way you shouldn't be able to yet. In that case, it's your own fault. --- You know that game I never played? That one? 10/10, GoTY and Best (insert genre here).
Order for newbs (i.e. me a month ago) From where you are: Undead Burg Undead Parrish (you can piddle in Darkroot Forest/Basin a bit here) Lower Undead Burg Depths Blighttown Sen's Forest Anor Londo Painted World **get the bonfire warp** Knock out the rest of Darkroot Duke's Archives New Londo Catacombs/Tomb of the Giants Great Hollow/Ash Lake Demon Ruins/New Izalith Kiln
Now that's a rough, vague picture. You don't have to do it exactly in that order and there's alot of cool stuff you'll find. But this is a good outline of what I did, and I'm not nearly good enough to survive the shortcuts.