Dark Souls II is difficult. Dark Souls II is so difficult that tips from people who play games today just aren't going to cut the mustard. We're going to need help from people who played games back in the 'good old days'.
That's where the above video, from the My Life in Gaming YouTube channel comes in.
I love the presentation. It's a bog standard tips video, dressed up in the archaic style of VHS videos that did the round in the late 80s/early 90s. It's fantastic and endlessly watchable.
And, from my experience with Dark Souls II at least, the advice is actually pretty helpful -- rudimentary, but helpful. Plenty of the advice given reflects perfectly the solutions I came up with myself after fighting these bosses. Personally I've found that most of the boss encounters in Dark Souls II were a little easier than the original (probably because of the skills I learned from the first game) but, regardless, this is actually a pretty solid resource.
Also: star wipes. So many star wipes.