Lock onto enemies
Combat in Dark Souls is either fast and frantic, or slow and measured, depending on the situation. However you choose to approach it, though, you’ll have the best results if you lock onto your enemies. (By default, you can use the R3 button.) Once locked onto an enemy, you’ll move around them by default, and every one of your attacks will (theoretically) connect with them. You can even lock onto faraway enemies if you want to use spells, attack with a ranged weapon or simply block projectiles with a shield. Even with large groups of enemies, it’s best to focus on one at a time.