I've noted this somewhere before, but my harsh opinion about the matter is this: Dark Souls II is the worst entry in the series. But Dark Souls II: Scholars of the First Sin Edition, is the best entry in the series. The little fixes and additions they made really shows just how much the series relies on its details.
The interconnected worlds was the worst originally, offering only a lineair experience. Unlike Demon's Souls or Dark Souls 1, you couldn't choose in which order to clear areas with very minor exceptions. The re-release fixed this by adding other optional paths and allowing key items to be found in numerous areas. Same with magic originally being wholly unbalanced, only to get good and honest fixes later-on and some lesser useful weapons and spells being useful now. The full version ends up having some of the best dungeons in the series as well as being the only game that has a legit NG+ that offers remixed enemies, new enemies and even bosses having helpers.
Content-wise it is the largest too, with a huge weapon-list, set of optional bosses and areas. While also adding new ways to play like Power Stancing, a hard mode, bonfireAeths adding NG+ early if you wanted and much more. The game is absolutely booming with content and gameplay options, but as a result also throws a lot what made the series so loved away. The lore is very cut and dry, lots of characters aren't fleshed out or are missing options. Personally, I don't care, but a lot did. The graphical downgrade at the time also didn't help.
Some other notes:
At base you had 1 frame of invincibility in your dodge iirc. So you really were forced to at least level the stat to 15 I think, it was just a pointless stat dump.
> piece of rubble
I don't mind this usually either, but in this game it really is a tad too far. Having to circumvent a few rooms in Resident Evil because Jill cannot roll over a bed is fine. Seeing 'the chosen one' scour the lands to kill 4 primevil giants for their souls to not have to climb 4 rocks...yeah. That's a bit too much.
You can play any way you want in this game. Did a Bow run myself actually. Works just fine albeit at a slight disadvantage originally until you get elemental arrows.