Elden Ring brings exploration and death to a new level

Since the launch Bloodborne, I’ve been an avid fan of FromSoftware’s games.

BloodborneIt offered a thrilling Lovecraftian, gothic experience and quickly became one my favourite games. These are my recommendations. BloodborneI also played FromSoftware titles such as Dark Souls 3: Dark Souls, and some of Dark Souls 2 And Demon’s Souls. Now, I’m finally diving into Elden Ring, FromSoftware’s latest and greatest.

Elden Ring Hidetaka Myazaki, a notable developer, directed the creation of this film in collaboration and with George R.R. Martin, the author behind Songs of Ice Fire (Game of Thrones).

Over the past week, I’ve played roughly 25 to 30 hours of Elden Ring and I can confidently state that it’s one of my favourite games ever. Between the exploration, cool spells, interesting enemy types and fascinating lore, Elden Ring has a lot to offer action-RPG fans who aren’t afraid of a challenge.

Rich lore

Elden Ring features an engrossing story that’s at the same time also a little convoluted. Your character is “tarnished” in the ‘Lands Between,’ and your goal is to recover every ‘Great Rune’ and restore the Elden Ring to become the Elden Lord. George R.R. Martin worked on Elden Ring and helped create the game’s mythos. To be clear, Martin didn’t write the storyline, but he created the Lands Between and its history involving the Erdtree, Elden Ring, Queen Marika and other characters, including the Demigods.

The Demigods are the big bosses of the Demigods. Elden RingEach of them contains a Great Rune. These are the items you need in order to restore the Elden Ring.

Elden Ring, unfortunately, lacks a quest log and clear missions, forcing the player to travel through the game’s world looking for Legacy Dungeons that host the Demigods. Thought the main story reportedly takes roughly 30 hours to complete, I’ve played roughly that amount and have only defeated the first Demigod.

Though Elden Ring doesn’t feature a quest log, it’s full of NPCs that offer quests — you’ll just have to remember them yourself.

Two interesting missions were encountered during my time with the game. I ran into a character on the side of a road. She asked if I could hand a letter to her father who’s trapped in a nearby castle. So, I ventured into the castle to find her dad. I gave him the letter, and he agreed to stay at the castle to fight the enemies. I returned to the maiden to inform her that her father was alive. However, I discovered that she’d been murdered.

Another quest started when I hit the talking tree. It turned out to have been a demihuman under a spell. They were grateful that I saved the demihuman and promised me items from a nearby cave. I found him at the cave’s opening and went to rescue him. I defeated the demihuman bosses, enemies, and bosses in cave and got an item for the ally demihuman. Now, the demihuman alters me’s clothes.

Quests are your main goal. Elden Ring is to reassemble the Elden Ring, which you’ll accomplish by making your character stronger. Similar to other SoulsYou defeat enemies in games similar to chess. Elden Ring‘s core formula works like this: you defeat enemies and gain ‘runes,’ which work like in-game currency that you use to level up your character. You’ll put these runes into RPG-like attributes, including Vigor (health), Stamina (endurance), Mind (your mana bar), Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Faith and Arcane (focuses on Spirits), which are all levelled up individually. Charms, which can be found in the world, will increase your attributes. They also allow you to increase your resistances. As you may have guessed it, the stronger your character is, the easier it becomes to defeat enemies.

Breaking the mold

Elden RingFeels like a combination Skyrim‘s open-world and the Dark Souls series’ core combat elements. The game is open-ended and you can navigate to many different areas on the map right from the beginning. For example, I encountered many different environments as I traveled across the land before I beat the first Demigod. Sometimes by accident.

Elden Ring thrives on exploration, and you’ll miss certain spells, weapons, ‘Ashes of War’ and ‘Spirit Ashes’ if you’re not always on the lookout. Explore the lands of Elden Ring is easy with your ‘Spectral Steed,’ ‘Torrent,’ but that’s not always how I discovered new areas. While I haven’t come across a Mimic (an enemy type in Dark SoulsSome chests can teleport the player across the globe. These chests result in the ultimate form of exploration and have brought me to crazy parts of the world, including areas that aren’t necessarily for beginners.

This is only a small portion of Elden Ring’s map.

Exploration has always been a part of life. SoulsYou can play games but Elden Ring takes the concept to another level and you’re encouraged to get lost and stray from the main path. You’ll collect Map Fragments that instantly reveal the surrounding portion of the World Map. This map becomes really helpful as you progress through the game and you’ll be able to fast travel to ‘Sites of Grace’ on the map (Sites of Graces are like your ‘Bonfires’ in Dark Souls titles).

Elden Ring also offers ‘Beacons’ and ‘Map Markers.’ Beacons are displayed on the World Map and in the environment, allowing you to follow a blue pillar of light to your destination. Map Markers allow for you to place markers on your World Map. You can also use them to remember different locations. I found it pretty useful to go back to locations with puzzles I couldn’t initially figure out or when I was stuck on difficult bosses.

Ashes of War

Elden RingFeatures a variety of spells and weapons, as well as clothing, Ashes of War, and Spirit Ashes that allow players to fight their enemies in a variety of ways.

In my playthrough, I used a ‘Faith’ build, which allows me to use a variety of spells like ‘Lightning Spear,’ ‘Poison Cloud,’ ‘Beast Claw,’ ‘Dragon Maw’ and more. There are also ‘Intelligence’ build users that use a lot of spells, but personally, I’m a huge fan of lightning.

Your character has access to cool weaponry, in addition to various spells. One of these weapons, which is based on the Demigod Godrick The Golden, is the head of a dragon that I place on my fist. Another weapon I use often looks similar to cursive letters written in bright light that magically ties to my fist. Attached to these cool weapons are ‘Ashes of War’ that give you access to a special attack that uses your weapon. Some Ashes of War can be exchanged with your weapons. An Ash of War, for example, can be used to create a mace that fires a holy light at enemies. This Ash of War works with all maces and swords, while my Demigod Ash of War applies only to that weapon.

And if your spells, weapons and Ashes of War don’t work, there are always Spirit Ashes — collectible spirits of dead enemies that you can equip. You can summon them in battle whenever there’s a Spirit Ash symbol in the bottom right corner. If you see the icon in the bottom right corner, it is usually near bosses or other mini-bosses. This icon will allow you to summon your Spirit to aid you in battle. It can only be used once before you must rest at your Site of Grace. This keeps the game fair. There are a variety of Spirit Ashes to choose from and after completing specific missions you’ll be able to level them up to fight against stronger enemies.

Dark Souls difficulty

Spend 25-30 hours with them. Elden Ring,The game is still very difficult for me. As I previously mentioned, I was able to travel to different areas of the map that I wasn’t necessarily ready for. However, even in the level 40 range, I’m still finding plenty of areas challenging. Whether it’s bosses, mini-bosses or just random enemies, I definitely need to jump several levels before I’m ready to take on certain tasks I’ve encountered.

There are many enemy types in the game. Sometimes, you’ll see recurring enemy types, but they typically feature slightly different designs, new abilities and hit a lot harder.

I know that I haven’t seen all the bosses yet, but so far I’ve encountered stone cats, dragons with four wings and use red lightning, a ghost in a boat that summons skeletons, a bull-like creature, a firey fox and many more.

Unfortunately, those concerned about how difficult it might be to get a job are not alone. Elden RingThis is because the game does not offer an adjustable difficulty level like other Dark Souls games. Other FromSoftware titles are also available. Elden RingIt is not the most difficult (that goes to). Demon’s Souls Or Sekiro)But it seems more difficult than that BloodbOrne or Dark Souls III. I believe beginners will enjoy this game more than the other titles. All you have to do is be smart about certain things. In the first two minutes of the game, you’ll encounter a boss wandering the lands. For me, I decided to tackle this boss 30 levels later because I didn’t want to deal with the frustration of having to take it on immediately. You have many bosses and other enemies you can run past in the game. This allows you circle back to face them when your character becomes stronger.

It’s also worth noting that, unlike other FromSoftware games, I’m finding that I don’t need to take as many frustration breaks. Elden Ring is very fair and the more you practice, the better you’ll become at the game.

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The lack of accessibility options for people who have disabilities can be frustrating. These options don’t make a game easier and instead are designed to make games more accessible for gamers that are blind, deaf or have another disability. This is where software titles need to improve.

GOTY contender

Elden RingIt is a strong contender for the Game of the Year (GOTY) award due to its rich lore and open world. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the game so far and have a lot more to discover and several more bosses to beat.

With that, Elden RingVisuals can look a little old. Although the world and environment look stunning, the visuals are very similar. Dark Souls 3Instead of the more recent PS5 Demon’s Souls remake.

For those who enjoy challenging RPGs with more than 100 hours of gameplay Elden Ring is the title you’ve been waiting for. Hidetaka Mishazaki, FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin have created a masterpiece.

Elden Ring The title is available at the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store, Amazon, Best Buy for Consoles, and Best Buy for Consoles for $79.99 The same price is available for PC gamers at Steam.

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