The entire series has shit lore.
The entire series has a shit story.
The setting is quite diverse in comparison to older entries in the series.
The entire series has shit PvP, but DS3's actually offers quick and responsive invasions along with multiple dedicated PvP arenas.>>>>>>>>>>>>shit compared to 2
You must have nostalgia goggles on because DS1 had terrible PvE after Anor Londo and even worse PvP with hackers and literal meme builds such as Giant Dad running around everywhere.
I will reiterate, poise sucked. It encouraged turtling and disallowed attack interruption.