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‘Elden Ring’ Is, In a Word, Phenomenal

Elden Ring has now been out for around four months now, and I still can’t get over it. My friends and I have been hooked on it and have been playing almost nonstop. If you’re not familiar with the game, Elden Ring is the newest dark fantasy RPG produced by the game developer studio FromSoftware, the people behind the iconic Soulslike genre, named after the globally acclaimed game Dark Souls and its two sequels. They were also responsible for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Bloodborne, and Demon Souls. You know the whole “git gud” saying online? That was basically FromSoftware’s whole gimmick.

Elden Ring is tough. Really tough. You play a character called a Tarnished, which you can customize to various degrees- from the physical appearance, to their name, to their class, and so on. Your character can choose different classes such as the Samurai, a swift fighter, to an Astrologer, a mystical spellcaster.

The game centers around traversing through a strange realm known as the Lands Between to reforge, well, the Elden Ring to restore balance. The Elden Ring is not an actual ring, but rather a sacred magic bind that keeps the world in order, though through a great siege, the pieces shattered and various different monsters and creatures known as Shardbearers. These Shardbearers are powerful boss enemies you have to defeat, and take back the Elden Ring pieces. The bosses vary in art and design. George R.R. Martin (instead of focusing on his next book!) was actually working on Elden Ring’s story! Little is known about his actual contribution, but a lot of elements (such as character concepts and monsters) can be traced back to his sort of style.

The game by nature is very unforgiving. Just like every Soulslike game, Death is part of the experience. When you die, you drop all your runes (basically your currency, gathered by killing and looting enemies and whatnot) in the spot you died. You will need to venture back from your site of grace (which is your checkpoint) and reclaim them. Note that if you die a second time, you’ll lose all your runes permanently. It’s hard, but as hard as it could be if the game didn’t allow you to play co-op with a friend!

Elden Ring, despite a lot of games released this year, is polished and nearly perfect. It takes a lot of patience and skill to truly beat the challenges Elden Ring throws at you, and its breathtaking beauty and graphics will make your jaw hit the floor. With over 13 million copies sold worldwide, it’s safe to say that it was a smash hit in the gaming community.

Various new *unconfirmed* DLC has recently been leaked online via a now-deleted tweet that a list of games coming next year from the studio Bandai Namco (the parent company of FromSoftware) featured a DLC labeled “Barbarians of the Badlands”, teasing that new features and potential enemies, areas and bosses will be added, alongside changes to character creation and items. A lot of patches have been rolled out by FromSoftware, so the game development is definitely still active post-release.

Did you like the game? Hit me up and let me know.

 

By Ezan Charo, Junior, ChiArts

Twitter: @digitalwarlock8

Written by Ezan Charo

Your friendly neighborhood Asian-African nerd! Avid Tetris player, Dungeon Master, and creative writer.

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