I just got to Blighttown and accidentally fell off a cliff trying to loot a corpse.
I thought the Bell Gargoyles were fun, but that may have been because I summoned Solaire and he's an entertaining character. Can't say I know an awful lot about the game mechanics. It does a shitty job of explaining its own systems and I really hope Dark Souls 2 corrects that.
I bought it on Black Friday and have played for like 2 hours but didn't get very far at all. I actually really like the game, I'm just still getting used to the combat system and the overall feel for the game. I really enjoy that the combat feels like you have actual weight to your character--swinging a two handed sword doesn't feel like you're swinging a twig. Unfortunately, Borderlands is consuming all of my gaming time.
You should try the PvP out sometime to, it's another reason people like it, the only downside is that they tried to do Peer-to-peer so there is lagstabbing bs sometimes. Thank God the 2nd one is going to use dedicated servers.