Aye, I think that's more accurate. One thing I really DO HATE WITH A PASSION is how the music resets for everything encounter, so if you get a string of 3/4 enemies in a row but enough time before encountering the next for the music to stop it just repeats itself. It is incredibly annoying. The sound design is fecking terrible.It is very much packed with false difficulty like I say. Dragonrot mechanic is incredibly stupid you are correct, it's very much like the health shit in DS2. If it was down to the ressurections it would make much more sense, a think a number of the reviewers thought it was just that. But it's not, it's whenever you die, which is trash.
In fact @RedSky was wrong, it's not a reskin of DS3, it's more a direct reskin of DS2.