Ok so I went and traded in DS2 for DS2: Scholar of the 1st Sin. I had read about increase aggression of the AI, item shuffles and encountering more advanced enemies earlier in the game.
However, I'm seeing none of these things. I am very definitely playing on Scholar of the 1st Sin, at least according to the title screen and since that bizarre head thing keeps popping up at bonfires, and I made a brand new character to play with. (my data from DS2 was converted for some reason) I'm ready to fight Nashandra (yawn) but every item has been in the same place, I haven't seen more difficult enemies earlier in the game and the increased aggression isn't there either. (Apart from the Snake Lady boss and Smelter Demon, both of whom were more intelligent and aggressive. But that could just be RNG I suppose)
I'm slowly clearing out everything in an attempt to see if I've missed something but so far nothing. Has anybody else encountered this? Or is it just my game thats FUBAR.