You are frickin' right on the money, sir. Dark Souls 2 feels like a PS2 game. Just doesn't have the magic Dark Souls had. The world seems uninspired. The enemy design is moronic. Enemies in DS1 looked/felt like they had identity and character. And you fear and respect them when engaging in combat. DS2 enemies are just mindless annoyances with really poor character design.
Not that they are comparable, but I played DS2 side by side with MGS5 for the Ps3. And I was expecting the level of detail/animation to be similar in awesomeness. But no. DS2 suffers from poor character animation (can't imagine they used motion capture). From walking as if on frictionless ground, floaty combat animations and bland textures it's just insulting.
DS2 is such an eye sore that it hurts my eyes just looking at it. And I think to myself, "I guess all the money went to marketing."
We were played. From Software just signed it's death sentence. Wtf IGN gave this shit a 9/10. And the reviewer isn't even the same writer who so aptly reviewed DS1. I bet she hated it as much as some of us do.