One of the first things in the game is a bit of text that says "Darkest Dungeon is about making the most out of a bad situation," and that seems to be true. The initial setting and story are very dark and foreboding. It seems like something akin to Dark Souls, where the player is intended to feel like the game is going to be hard and unforgiving. However, that aspect is what would make someone want to play the game the most. The desire to overcome that challenge to beat a game that seems to be exceptionally difficult.