So you played Elden Ring for more than a month. After sinking for 50 – heck, maybe 100 hours into The Lands Between, burnout begins to set in. FromSoftware games require experience, both in skill and time. You are finally ready to take a break and move on to a game of comedy. The question is: What game could follow up with something as great as Elden Ring?
What makes that question particularly difficult is that there are so many to choose from. Although the open world game has been the center of attention since its launch, March has been a month for many gamers. Now, Elden Ring players may find themselves burdened with a daunting backlog that doesn’t know where to begin.
I am here to help. There are a number of March releases that function as a natural palette cleaner for Elden Ring. It’s just a matter of whether you want to eat cold turkey or wean the Souls formula slowly. Thankfully, there is a good option for any player’s need.
180: Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Elden Ring is a great experience in every sense of the word, so no one can blame you for wanting your next game to be as different as possible. Because of that, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the obvious choice. Say goodbye to the dull deserts of Caelid and say hello to Waddle Dee Town!
Kirby’s latest adventure is a cool aircraft carrier pilot whose sole goal is to elicit fun. Its visuals are colorful and playful. Its levels are simple, featuring simple combat and intuitive puzzles. Above all, it introduces the player Mouthful mode, is a funny tour. Perhaps the most fascinating: This is a very easy game. Even on its “harder” difficulty, there is little challenge until the end of the game. Usually that can be a drawback, but for those who need to go far Starscourge Radahn the better, that’s part of the game’s immediate appeal.
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The Soulslite: Ao Dai
It can be hard to completely reverse after a game like Elden Ring. Its language is very different from most video games, which can make it hard to go straight to a game like Kirby. You may find yourself looking for something that naturally bridges the gap between FromSoftware’s specific philosophy and classic game design.
If that’s the case, Dress is the game for you. Adventure game starring a lovable fox is a praise classic Zelda games like Wake up link. But it also pulls in some modern tricks from the Souls series, including stamina-based combat, hidden true secrets, and reduced currency upon death. Although its features are familiar to Elden Ring players, it’s a much more pleasant experience, focused on exploration rather than combat. Players can even activate the deathless mode to turn it into a completely chilling adventure. Call it a “Soulslite.”
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Gearshift: Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
When I’m done Elden Ring, I found myself in need of something fast-paced. FromSoftware games can be labor-intensive, with slow combat and movement speeds. I find myself wanting something with a splashier, instantly satisfying action. If you’re in the same boat, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is the way to go.
The Borderlands spinoff is one of the biggest surprises of 2022 so far. It’s a fast and fun shooter with a lovely story. What I like about it is how intense its gunfights are. By the end of the game, I felt as if I had really broken it. Between my legendary guns fully equipped with perks and skills from two different classes, I blew bosses away in seconds. It’s especially something I need after some time Elden Ringlong, arduous encounters.
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Chaos Choice: Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is a strange thing. In a way, it’s a terrible follower. It’s inspired by the Souls games, with similar boss battles and a bonfire-like inspection system, but it’s not nearly as refined as FromSoftware’s games. Battles are a bit messy at times, lacking the weight and impact of the Elden Ring.
Despite those criticisms, I still recommend using it as a palette cleaner. Origin of Final Fantasy almost like a satire on modern game design. It throws everything players love about Final Fantasy RPGs out the window and tries to imagine the original game will look like in 2022. Its battles are an unpleasant sensory overload, and the gear drops at a rate that can’t be kept up. It all feels like a poke at the ways developers these days try to chase the hype of hot games like Elden Ring. If that kind of chaos sounds appealing, push it to the top of your backlog.
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