With the latest release of FromSoftware, Elden Ring, more gamers than ever before have ventured into the world of Dark Souls (in everything but the name). Although the game is based on previous challenges and challenges, it is not for everyone. Elden Ring quickly became a major success, break sales of previous Souls games in just a few days. With so many players and countless stories of how each approached it, Elden Ring Unlocked the memory of a bygone era where gaming secrets were found through word of mouth and the name of the game was discovered continuously.
Unlike previous Souls titles, Elden Ring took a big page from the book about the open world game – more specifically, a critically acclaimed hit you may have heard of called The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Like Zelda, Elden Ring takes players into its world and gives them the freedom to control to play exactly the way they want. There is no set path and no rules of progression other than going into different areas and defeating the main bosses, but how you get to those goals is entirely up to the individual player.
This gameplay philosophy gives every player a game’s own identity, minus their ridiculous custom characters. I recall a conversation I had with a friend where we talked about what we’ve done so far in the game. He told me how he went under the lake and found a certain mystical area (which I have yet to go through) and how he stormed into Castle Stormveil and found an area of zombies respawning to infiltrate. Basically, he was everywhere. northwest of the map can provide.
Meanwhile, I’ll head southeast, deal with the likes of Castle Morne to find a pumpkin helmet, grind levels by taking down a giant in the third church, and find a turtle shell shield to complete my Ninja Turtle Samurai build.
This difference in gameplay persisted when he went to my realm and asked me, “Did you do anything near Castle Stormveil?” I replied that “I mainly explore the lower areas.” He showed me his map and it looked nothing like mine. That’s when I realized this game really captures the magical essence of the pre-internet gaming days, even though the internet can play a big part in the experience.
The best part is that not even Twitter and other social media break this magic. I regularly see posts from different players with completely different experiences. Their conversations and questions around what they were doing were an absolute blast from the past, reminding me of old secret Internet forums that I was too young to join. It took me back to a time when it was just me, my siblings and cousins - and internet usage was minimal. All we needed to find the secret in the game was the curiosity to explore and the rare game magazine.
This is one of the reasons that Elden Ring is one of the first Souls games that I can even recommend to those who haven’t loved the series in the past. I still don’t think the controls are the best for everyone, the game still feels mechanically aged as always and the frustration certain bosses can cause makes the numbers players change. However, the exploratory design, test-driven gameplay, sometimes fun community aspect, and the “smells of old games” I spoke of really make me believe that even those who hate Souls games can can find a little fun in this game.
For gamers like me, who have long missed the innocence and emotion of a bygone era, Elden Ring Feels like a breath of fresh air. There is nothing obvious in the in-game world of The Lands Between and the call for adventure is strong. Much as Breath of the Wild, there is no one right way to solve a problem. I see people sharing their tactics, as if we were playing an old Apple II role-playing game and saying things like, “Oh, you did it that way? Instead, I just dodged and knocked him down. “It’s done Elden Ring one of the most repulsive games in a long time and I can’t wait to experience more.
Elden Ring currently available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.