I've recently gotten Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin for PS4, as I had heard good things about it and wanted a challenging game.
It took a while for me to get my head around how it works, and eventually had to look at the wiki to make sense of it. I found that right from the beginning in Things Betwixt, one of the tutorial areas is closed off as there is a statue in the way.
As I never played the original, this was pretty frustrating, as I would have liked to get a full feel for the game before I set off to Majula and got into the main portion of the game.
I'm currently quite far into the Forest of the Fallen Giants, and have only just found out from this website how to level up in Majula. I realize now why it was so difficult. I've been spending my souls on weapons & armor rather than levels.
I have no idea if the tutorial area explained any of that. I quite like being sent off into the unknown (like being able to enter any quest area first), but at the same time I feel like I have missed explanations because I am playing the expansion and things are different.
I don't really want to start trawling through the Dark Souls 2 Wiki, because I don't want to start finding things out from the walkthrough or anything that I want to discover for myself. However, at the moment I feel like I'm a bit too disadvantaged by not playing the original version.
So is there anything else that I should know before playing further, without revealing spoilers or helping too much?