Title: Elden Ring.
Release date: 2022.
Console (player on): PlayStation 5.
Console (also available on): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Xbox Series X/s.
Mode(s): Single-Player with online features.
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy.
Publisher: Bandai Namo Entertainment.
Director(s): Hidetaka Miyazaki.
Producer(s): Yuzo Kojima.
Programmer(s): Takeshi Suzuki & Yuki Kido.
Writer(s): Hidetaka Miyazaki & George R. R. Martin.
Composer(s): Tsukasa Saitoh, Shoi Miyazawa, Tai Tomisawa, Yuka Kitamura & Yoshimi Kudo.
Voice Actor(s): Martha Mackintosh, Anthony Howell, Con O’Neill, Ramon Tikaram, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Pip Torrens, and many more!
My Overall Rating:
Demon’s Souls. Dark Souls. Bloodborne. Sekiro. Developer FromSoftware has effortlessly established its territory within the video game industry by bringing back a nostalgic and classic concept of trial and error within an unforgiving world with unforgettable boss battles. Making your way through dungeons only to face an overwhelming foe who requires you, the hero, to cautiously learn your enemy and strike only when the moment is right is a lost art in many video games nowadays but director Hidetaka Miyazaki embraces it with open arms and reminds gamers around the world the ever-so-satisfying feeling of conquering your fear, surmounting obstacles, and coming out victorious through perseverance, patience, and wisdom. In collaboration with renowned writer George R.R. Martin, director Hidetaka Miyazaki take the gaming world by storm with what will indubitably go down as one of the greatest video games of all time.
What is Elden Ring about? Set in the Lands Between, the story follows the Tarnished in this world born from the Shattering, a devastating event where the children of Marika, Demigods of the Lands Between, are assassinated, leading to the destruction of the Elden Ring, and creating chaos born from the shards, known as the Great Runes, scattered across the land, corrupting those in its possession with immense power. Although each demigod child is tainted with an evil inclination towards destruction and power, they all possess their own dominion on regions of the Lands Between, establishing a stalemate within the Lands Between. The Tarnished is thus tasked with retrieving these Great Runes and becoming the next Elden Lord in hopes of establishing a new order in this world.
Players familiar with the Soulsborne formula are in for a treat with this latest installment in a series of phenomenal and challenging games. Elden Ring draws upon the best of every past game and infuses it into a mesmerizing and immersive open-world fueled with complex and riveting lore, meticulously designed for players to explore and discover. From sinister crypts to merciless fortresses, the universe is a gorgeous, awe-inspiring, and never-before-seen ecosystem that hides a myriad of beautiful yet deadly secrets. Facilitated by a seamlessly integrated horseback riding feature (a Spirit Steed called Torrent) and a wonderful fast-travel system through discovered campfires (known as Sites of Grace), the game invites players to delve into the universe freely, offering complete agency in their journey, destiny, and faith. In fact, while some players might be convinced of the linearity of their progress, it is sometimes far wiser to pick your battles and return to a ruthless boss once other territories are explored, bosses are slain, and gear is obtained.
Similar to previous games developed by FromSoftware, Elden Ring encourages players to test countless gameplay styles while also urging them to develop a sense of adaptation as they face their adversaries. From magic to melee combat, the approach is entirely up to the player as they progress through this exquisite world filled with creatures of all kinds, sometimes quite impossible to imagine for yourself. The focus, however, remains on a strategy that often relies on split-second observation and analyses, dodge and block, to retreat and reflect. While it might seem much more natural and wise to keep your distance, the game pushes you into revisiting your understanding of combat, making you realize that sometimes getting closer, more aggressive, might in fact be the best way to slay the monster in front of you who is far too big or slow to react and counter you. This constant challenge integrated into each and every encounter is what makes this world so enticing, so exquisite, and so immersive. There’s simply never a dull moment as it challenges players to persevere, to do better.
Its staggering use of this generation’s technological advancement in graphics is also unquestionable and beyond reproach. Every step of the way into the Lands Between is a majestic and breathtaking artistic scenery. The world-building achieved by Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin is unbelievable, united together into flexing their creativity muscles with no one else to match their energy. The music in this game is also as epic as one could ever fancy, inviting players to not only channel their inner hero amidst all the trials they are to face but enveloping every boss in a veil of unparalleled threat and danger as if their design alone wasn’t enough to invite fear into the hearts of players. While the game does offer a cooperative gaming feature by inviting other players to join each other in their journey to defeat a region’s boss, it won’t stop these terrifying foes from wreaking havoc on those unprepared. If there’s anything to take away from this game it’s that we might have already gotten a game of the year contender and the year has only just begun.
Elden Ring (2022) is a wondrous and unequivocal masterpiece revolutionizing the Soulsborne formula and inviting players into a perilous yet sublime world in hopes of becoming the next Elden Lord.