I just started playing this recently, I'm more of a PC gamer, but figured I'd have to use my PS3 for things other than BluRay movies, and damn, this is a Tough game! But I like it, been playing games for a long time, so challenges are good. I'm clueless as to where to go or what to do though, I keep farming the skeletons on 4-1 to raise some of my stats, and upgraded some weapons, but I have no idea when would be a good time to continue the rest of the worlds (only completed 1-1 and 2-1 right now). I chose a Hunter class so I prefer ranged combat (those stationary knights go down in 3 shots, easy souls right there). I swap between the Mirmidan Hammer for the Knights, the Pickaxe for 2-1, and the Crushing Battle-axe for everything else. And then I use a Long Bow +3 for ranged combat/openers. I have a long sword, shotel, scimitar, kris knife, and crescent axe, but haven't really found them that useful.
I'll probably raise my Str to 18, End and Vit to 40, and pump the rest into Dex (they're only around 17 right now so I still have a long way to go).
Any tips on next steps?