Finished Dark Souls a few days ago for the first time. I'm on NG+ now and just got past Ornstein and Smough. Kind of surprised it took me this long to really give the series a try but I'm loving it so far.
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RE: Not Buying New Games
Also a Junior in college actually, kind of in a similar situation too. I decided to give the Souls games a try as I bought Dark Souls 1 & 2 several months ago on sale but never played them. I beat Demon's Souls over the summer and kept telling myself that eventually I'd get around to it, but kept finding excuses not to.
You're right I think, in the sense that a tight budget can be a blessing in disguise, though I'm guessing I'd be singing a different tune if I lived in a less developed country.