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I don't think the series is overrated in relation to its ''fun'' or ''enjoyment''. I think that part of its franchise hype is actually pretty accurate. What part I feel is overrated about the franchise is its actual difficulty. It's really not a franchise thats as hard as its claimed to be due to the fact that a lot of people just try to run and hack and slash and when they die, suddenly deem it hard because they didn't play the game correctly. They're challenging games,sure, but the difficulty of them is exaggerated quite a bit.
Reasons why I feel this franchise is fun for me is the environments we are placed in,every single one, each offer their own unique setting,while also throwing in callbacks to previous games you have played(IE: areas revisited). Game play is made fun to me because its not your normal hack and slash games that were prominent before the first Souls game,Demon Souls,came out. Souls series is all about strategy, picking and choosing when to strike, using a correct item or ranged weapon on an enemy either for strong damage or chipping away by clipping your enemy for minor damage.
I consider the Souls series a lot like the Punch Out series, two different genres,two different styles of play, but ultimate really they're the same concept. Memorize your enemies patterns and react accordingly based off what you learn to beat them. Souls games are strategy games at the end of the day with more emphasis on thinking rather than brute force(unless you over level yourself of course!),
Thats my counter to the OP with my personal experience. As OP said, its all subjective, which I agree and respect. But this is just some of the reasons why I personally like the Souls series(including Bloondborne)
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