Don't let this discourage you. every game in this list aside from Dark Souls II is in my top 25 of all time! They are all great, it's just sorta clear that Demon's Souls was a fantastic prototype for the better, more refined Dark Souls 1 and 3.
So impressive RE: your list. From is beast.
A decent part of my excitement for Demon’s Souls is that I’ve heard it’s one of the most graphically gorgeous games ever made. On my PS5, I played Astro, SM MM—which was okay—then Bloodborne, which obvi has terrible graphics. So it felt exciting to consider playing a graphically intensive game after Bloodborne.