If you still need a hand (on the 360 version) just shoot me a message, I think your on my friends list
My suggestion is either play as a high endurance character with a spear so you roll super fast and can near constantly attack/block. Or go a pure mage, rush straight to Havel, the Hydra, then kill the Crystal golem in the lake to get great mage gear and just smash stuff with magic arrow/magic shield.
Thats the 2 builds I've played so far, have a super heavy faith knight in progress with the Warriors of the Sunlight, seems pretty decent too. If you want to go with that type of build I'd recommend helping people finish the gargoyles/Capra demon to get a ton of medallions (as most people don't turn down help at those bosses, and are all roughly the same level).