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The answers are so black and white so I refuse to vote.
I had trouble at the very beginning, after you learn what's up the game isn't as troubling after that.
Early game teaches you the basics without much consequence in death so that when there would be consequence in dying you're prepared. You know to walk around that corner with a shield up, you know to watch an enemy the first time you encounter it before fighting back, you learn to time your parries on the easy things.