It took a pretty long time to get this Elden Ring Review started. I received a copy for PS5, as a birthday gift, less than a week after the game’s released. It has taken until just a few days ago to complete Elden Ring, making it the most time consuming game I’ve played in a long time.
FromSoftware’s “Elden Ring” has sold a lot of copies, since the Open World ARPG’s release date, February 25th. Over the last few months, I’ve gone through the entire emotion spectrum, broken a PS5 controller, and died. And died again. Then I started making progress, building up my skills and power, and then I started dying alot more.
That’s just the deal. And you don’t even care because the world is gorgeous, and your ability to explore, and just take in the remarkable view makes this game more than worth the continued deaths.
Published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, Elden Ring is directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki and was co-written by New York Times best-selling author, George R. R. Martin (Game Of Thrones) who created the mythos of the Lands Between.
Elden Ring is a commitment. It takes a lot of hours to complete. But I personally didn’t find it difficult to invest over a thousand hours to the game, right away.
Clearly inspired by epic fantasy games and cinema of years past, the mythology of Elden Ring is fascinating, and powerful. The story is truly lovely to experience.
Sort of in the vein of Legend of Zelda games, you are encouraged to explore. You’ll have to, for a lot of time. But you’re going to find a lot of surprises (mostly extremely dangerous ones) in your travels.
Elden Ring Review
Elden Ring leaves you with the freedom to find the story, on your own. It doesn’t hold your hand, and the gameplay in is quite revolutionary, in that regard. You’re dropped into a gigantic fantasy world and your task is to construct your own narrative within it. You are one of the Tarnished, an exile from a place called the Lands Between, a world in violent chaos since the destruction of the Elden Ring. The vicious ruler named Marika the Eternal has taken shards of the ring, and you must find the Great Runes and restore the power of the Ring.
Like FromSoftware’s “Dark Souls” games, you begin your adventure playing as a very weak, very underpowered and undeveloped character.
You’ll choose from different , and deeply customizable characters. You chart your development in very different ways, choosing to favor either warrior or sorcerer-like strengths and skillsets.
As you battle enemies in the Lands Between, you earn currency, called Runes—which you can use to level up, buy gear, and upgrade materials. Elden Ring involves a whole lot of collecting, and you’re going to want to snag items from enemies, in dungeons, and in the wild, that can then be used to craft weapons, improve your build, or upgrade.
The fighting mechanics of Elden Ring, will be familiar to Dark Souls players. You can’t just mash buttons. You’ll have to dodge, parry, and learn your enemy’s patterns to survive encounters with them.
You are not alone
Some of Elden Ring’s bosses are seriously terrifying and just plain hard to kill by yourself.
Call in assistance from other gamers or NPCs. Without help, I wouldn’t have been able to complete this unrelentingly difficult game. A handful of the NPCs even have their own plotlines, and many bring with them their own special side quests, like retrievable objects or characters to rescue. The subplots are all well developed, and often darkly hilarious.
What type of Gamer is Elden Ring made for?
Patient ones. Elden Ring may simply not appeal to you, especially if you never took to the famously difficult “Dark Souls” games. From the first few hours of playing Elden Ring, to the first real boss, is legitimately challenging, even for seasoned gamers
But for the gamer-type that can embrace exploration, after getting deep enough into this massive game, you’ll see why you’re still in it: Elden Ring sets a new standard for ARPGs. It’s consistently full of surprisesand challenges. It enthralls the gamer, as they cross the Lands Between, Dying repeatedly, and probably losing their inventory. And each time you die, I believe you’ll still be equally excited to get right back at it.
And as I said earlier, I can’t stress how important it is to consider looking for a little help, if the game gets too frustrating. There’s no shame in seeking assistance, especially as an alternative to quitting. The game is truly rewarding if you just stick to it and finish the game to completion, so give Elden Ring a longer leash; we think it deserves one.
|Platforms:||PS5, XBox Series X/S|
|Publisher:||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|Release Date:||February 25, 2022|
TechSquare Rating: 4.5/5.0
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