Never played any of the Souls games, but I've watched my boyfriend play them all and I would definitely want Dark Souls 3 to be more like DS1 versus DS2. I remembered watching him play DS1 and climbing up a ladder or opening a new door and being like "OMG, that leads to that area? That's so cool!" I loved how interconnected the map was for DS1. There was just an amazing flow to the game and the progression just made so much sense. DS2, I felt, was lacking that.
Indeed. That's another common complaint about DS2 as well.