The Souls series is definitely the premier melee combat sim
Do you think that in reality, people can get hit multiple times with greatswords while wearing no armor whatsoever and still be capable of fighting? Dark Souls has no concern whatsoever for where you strike someone, it just relies on stats for damage.
"Stats" aren't going to stop your arm from separating from your body if a large, sharp piece of metal cuts through it.
"When Garland knocks you down you're going to ****ing stay down." - __Skye__