Instant fanboy desense: He doesn't like a Souls game. HE MUST BE BAD AT IT!
Nope, it's just a mediocre uninspired game with undeserved praise.
Instant hater defense?
I only say that because the only people I've seen post stuff like that are those who aren't necessarily bad, but just can't cope with the game's difficulty and patience required. Nice way to make yourself look bad I guess.
also i've been playing assassin's creed 2 and it's basically this. there's a lot of sword-fighting if you want (the game kinda encourages you to be stealthy, but the combat is pretty easy anyway), and it's not totally open-world like skyrim or red dead redemption (a lot of the country-side between cities is skipped so you get loading screens instead), but certainly way more so than a lot of the games itt. think grand theft auto set several hundred years ago. i mean, technically it seems like the story is in a present day simulation of the past, but whatever.
plus i hear the other games are basically like this but with different settings.
"i was thinking about getting the game but i was jw if the online multiplayer community is lgbt friendly" - post that got me b& for 7 days LOL
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow While not really an open world, it is very beautiful looking landscapes and the environments are well detailed and varied (although it has fixed camera angles). Plus it is full of hack n' slash combat and some really cool bosses.
Demon's Souls (pretty much the spiritual predecessor of Dark Souls) Basically the predecessor of Dark Souls, so it plays a lot like a more linear version of DS and is also more navigable. If you like Dark Souls, you'll like this as well.
Dead Island It's open world, has a ton of weapons to find & upgrade, and has brutal & bloody melee combat. Plus you do lots of quests. Its in First-Person though. Also allows you to re-play with all your stuff (New Game +).