An immediate hit even before release, the video game Elden Ring starts 2022 off strong and introduces so many to the world of Souls-like games. So many aspects of what was being put into the game brought a surge of excitement from all gamers not just current fans of the Dark Souls series. Within less than a month, 12 million copies of the game were sold worldwide and that number continues to rise. Gamers are already hard at work doing quests, finding shortcuts, and a player even beat the very difficult game within less than a half-hour!
Elden Ring is an action/adventure role-playing game with a massive open world and a medieval setting very. Some of the stories were even developed by George R.R Martin who is known for his creation “Game of Thrones.” It is very combat-focused with the game expecting you to learn and adapt to every new enemy. You play as a “Tarnished” and are trying to earn the title of the “Elden Lord”, but how you approach this is completely up to you as the player. This game gives you so much freedom in how you approach every enemy/boss/NPC. You have so many optional quests, dungeons, castles, etc. to explore before you even meet the first boss.
So the game is very entertaining, but at the same time extremely frustrating. The difficulty is high and you will find the words “You Died” scattered across your screen frequently. As you continue to play, you end up learning and adapting so it will not be as hard until new enemies are introduced. Don’t forget to take a break once in a while to enjoy the stunning scenery like fields that go for miles or the humongous bright tree that stands strong in the starting area. There is so much to see and even more to do.
Also, the multiplayer works in a really interesting way when it comes to Elden Ring. When you end up finding a boss too difficult or a random enemy too annoying to defeat, you can summon players from other worlds including your friends who also play the game. This way you aren’t forever stuck on a single boss and you can enjoy the game a lot more with the company. With this also comes the feature to invade! You can invade other players’ worlds and slow down their progression with attacks. At the same time, other plays may invade your world and ruin your progress. The only way to avoid this is to defeat the enemy before they get the chance to defeat you. If you are defeated, all players who were summoned to your world (whether to invade or assist) will be sent back home.
Elden Ring is currently available on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox Series S/X, Playstation 5, and PC for $59.99. There is also a deluxe edition which comes with the digital artbook and the original soundtrack. It is currently available for $79.99. This game has so much to offer to so many different people. With so many good reviews, Elden Ring could be the best game to release in 2022. As the year progresses, we will see who dares to compete and who will come out victorious.