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About Elden Ring
In Elden Ring, The Golden Order has been broken.
Rise, Tarnished, and be guided by grace to brandish the power of the Elden Ring and become an Elden Lord in the Lands Between.
In the Lands Between ruled by Queen Marika the Eternal, the Elden Ring, the source of the Erdtree, has been shattered.
Marika’s offspring, demigods all, claimed the shards of the Elden Ring known as the Great Runes, and the mad taint of their newfound strength triggered a war: The Shattering. A war that meant abandonment by the Greater Will.
And now the guidance of grace will be brought to the Tarnished who were spurned by the grace of gold and exiled from the Lands Between. Ye dead who yet live, your grace long lost, follow the path to the Lands Between beyond the foggy sea to stand before the Elden Ring.
And become the Elden Lord.
If you take Dark Souls + Bloodborne and add an open world, a jump button, and the option to make most boss encounters easier to handle, you have Elden Ring. The game is amazing in every aspect. I’ll even go as far as to say it is damn near perfect. I do have a biased opinion of Soulsbourne games because I love them so much. However, I feel like anyone who is into or is considering action-adventure RPGs can enjoy this game.
The Lands Between is a vast open world. The moment that you walk out of the tutorial area and into Limgrave, you immediately realize just how vast a world this is. However far as you can see, there is so much more to discover. You’ll spend a lot of time exploring and you’ll discover all sorts of regions and dungeons. There are many secrets to uncover.
I feel alone in this world. Even with Torrent (your horse), NPCs, and a place to call home, I feel alone when I am exploring. When the immersion kicks in, I feel even more alone. Despite feeling so alone, I feel confident in my explorations.
Limgrave is the first area you enter in the Lands Between. The soundtrack that plays in the background for Limgrave takes me far away. I can’t fully explain the feeling I get. It tingles, horrifies, saddens, instills hope, and completely shuts off the real world.
The soundtrack features various artists. Tracks range from a combination of ambiance and atmosphere to a grand-scale orchestra with vocal harmonies. If you are familiar with Dark Souls or Bloodborne, you will hear similarities. However, Elden Ring has its own tone. There are tones of dread and loneliness that helps sell exactly how you feel in The Lands Between.
As I See It
Elden Ring takes elements from other games we love. However, it creates its own unique world heavy on lore and vast in size. The Lands Between feels dreadful, lonely, and extremely dangerous. The combat does not disappoint and the addition of jumping works surprisingly well (coming from all of the other Soulsborne games where you couldn’t jump).
It’s damn near perfect. There is always room for improvement but there isn’t anything that I would change. I love the game as it is. I’m looking forward to DLC and anything else that From Software puts out in the future.
As I see it, everyone must play this game. I realize that is saying a lot but the game is beyond excellent. However, I do realize that this game won’t be for everyone but I still feel like you should give it a go.