Release date: February 25, 2022
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series, PC
Elden Ring is coming! It is almost upon us. The newest installment from FromSoftware in their long running "Souls" series featuring an open world, mounts, and the jump button. I have not played the network test (because I didn't get in) and haven't been watching all that much coverage of the game because I would like to go in relatively fresh. I am pretty excited to dive into this game! The open world isn't a huge selling point for me as I'm sure like everyone else I've been feeling some serious open-world-fatigue as of late. I also don't think Elden Ring is going to revolutionize what an open world is in games either. FromSoft make really great experiences but ones that are technically limited in many ways and often not only rely on familiar systems, but also feature familiar bugs and oddities. Will you be able to backstab enemies on inclines in this one? Who knows! Will there be a large boss in a tight area that will force the camera to uncomfortably clip into corners of the room and make it all a big headache? Most probably. That said I do love their worlds. What originally drew me into Demon's Souls all the way back on the PS3 was their peculiar take on fantasy. At the time it was called "dark fantasy" but you could see it was a highly original mish-mash of ideas - a version of the genre seen through a vastly different cultural lens. Elden Ring continue the trend of esoteric imagery that seems to borrow from many different themes. This time around I'm really hoping to explore magic a bit more rather than going with the true and tested pure melee build.
Are you-all excited for some Ring?