The Answer Might Surprise You
Unless you’re prone to rage quits. Then definitely don’t.
While the game’s imagery is undoubtedly nightmarish, the game has a lot to teach gamers about perseverance, critical thinking, and stat management. While I can’t necessarily recommend the first Dark Souls game (because a boss is half spider/half topless woman), the other games in the series are void of that. Plus, Dark Souls 2 and 3, in my opinion, play better than the first.
Romans 14 should come to mind however. We say this on the podcast all the time: if you’re uncomfortable in your spirit playing a game, stop playing that game. Just because a game is popular does not mean you must play it and enjoy it. It’s okay to not like/play a popular game. Whether that’s Super Mario 64 or Dark Souls, no game is worth enduring a troubled spirit to please others.
Whatever you do: do not roll Deprived as your first class.