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  • Summary: A New World Created By Hidetaka Miyazaki And George R. R. Martin. ELDEN RING, developed by FromSoftware, Inc. and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., is a fantasy action-RPG adventure set within a world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki creator of the influential DARK SOULS video game series; andA New World Created By Hidetaka Miyazaki And George R. R. Martin. ELDEN RING, developed by FromSoftware, Inc. and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., is a fantasy action-RPG adventure set within a world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki creator of the influential DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Danger and discovery lurk around every corner in FromSoftware's largest game to-date. Hidetaka Miyazaki, President and Game Director of FromSoftware Inc. Known for directing critically-acclaimed games in beloved franchises including Armored Core, Dark Souls, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. George R.R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire - A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast For Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. As a writer-producer, he has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Feb 23, 2022
    100
    Naysayers will point to reused assets, a lowering of the difficulty in Spirit Summons, but these people miss the point. Elden Ring is the definitive Souls experience, introducing a class-leading open-world design and mechanics that will draw more people to the franchise. And that’s nothing but a good thing.
  2. Feb 23, 2022
    100
    Elden Ring is a massive iteration on what FromSoftware began with the Souls series, bringing its relentlessly challenging combat to an incredible open world that gives us the freedom to choose our own path.
  3. Mar 14, 2022
    100
    Elden Ring is a walking example of a 10 out of 10 game that isn’t perfect. No game can be perfect but there is just so much in here to love that it becomes hard to pay attention to its mistakes. Every handful of hours had the game open up more and, every time, I was desperate to keep searching, exploring, conquering. Now, over 100 hours later and two playthroughs, all I want is to discover more of what Elden Ring has in store for me. This isn’t just one of the best From Software titles but one of the best games I’ve ever played and I would be shocked if this didn’t have reverberations on the entire games industry.
  4. Feb 24, 2022
    95
    Elden Ring is everything we dream of and much more. It is the natural evolution of a franchise that has captivated several generations and is now ready to capture many more. Elden Ring will be the most talked about game of the next decade. It's proof that FromSoftware is a master of its craft and a testament that it dominates the genre it has created. Those who try to do something similar will remain mere imitators: they will never reach the level of sophistication achieved in Elden Ring.
  5. Feb 23, 2022
    93
    Elden Ring is a superb take on the soulslike genre, an astonishing evolution and a decisive step forward for From Software's scale of ambition. Elden Ring is a dream come true for every fan of Miyazaki's works.
  6. Feb 23, 2022
    90
    FromSoftware returns with all of its traditional offerings in Elden Ring, but the real star of the show is its exceptional open world.
  7. Feb 28, 2022
    70
    Elden Ring is a potentially great game that is hindered by massive performance issues. It doesn’t do anything particularly genre-defining, as it mostly sticks to what FromSoftware always does. It will no doubt please fans of the Dark Souls series. But its lack of accessibility options and somewhat restrictive multiplayer may leave some wanting. Ultimately, I think it will potentially offer a better experience down the line, as the day-one patch has already changed some fundamentals of the game. With no real improvement regarding its performance on PC, Elden Ring is a hard game to recommend until a more stable version is available.

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  1. Apr 3, 2022
    10
    137 hours played so far on Steam. The next highest on there for me are Crusader Kings II (69 hrs), No Man's Sky (51 hrs), Factorio (46 hrs),137 hours played so far on Steam. The next highest on there for me are Crusader Kings II (69 hrs), No Man's Sky (51 hrs), Factorio (46 hrs), Fallout 4 (44 hrs). The last game I played this much was Breath of the Wild.

    It is definitely not an easy game. And, you need to become more comfortable with dying. But, once you get the hang of it, it's an addicting game with plenty to do. The world is absolutely huge, and there are dungeons and bosses and other secrets littered all over the place. It would be a nightmare to get 100% completion.

    The leveling system is a little whacky. You lose your runes (which are needed to level and buy things) every time you die, and you're given one chance to collect them. If you die again before returning to the place you died initially to collect them, they're lost forever. It can make the game incredibly frustrating. But, now I basically level by rune-farming a certain area, and ignore my lost runes when I die. Coupled with use of multiplayer where applicable, the game became 10x easier, and more like BoTW.

    I did experience the stuttering some PC folks complain about, and this is on a brand-new system with a GTX3070. After fiddling with the graphics, as well as the recent patch, I'm not experiencing much of that anymore.

    At the end of the day, any game that has me playing as much as this one does deserves a 10/10. Is it perfect? No. But if we reserved 10/10 for perfect games, I'm not sure if we'd ever use it.
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  2. Mar 6, 2022
    10
    I remember playing Morrowind for a year and a half back in 2003. I loved exploring that world. It felt like there was something new behindI remember playing Morrowind for a year and a half back in 2003. I loved exploring that world. It felt like there was something new behind every corner and it kept me really invested. Then, after Oblivion was announced I patiently waited for almost 3 years for a new great adventure. When it was finally released in 2006, I woke up early and rushed to the store to buy it. After coming home and installing it, I was beyond excited. About 30 minutes later, when I exited the starting dungeon and got to the open world, it felt fantastic. That's exactly how Elden Ring felt after Dark Souls III.

    So far, it's everything I expected and even more. The open world exceeded my expectations by a lot. Insane variety of locations, enemies, spells, weapons and so on. At the moment of this review I'm 30 hours in, but I already feel like I experienced the density of 3 modern open-world games. The only game I can remember that had such a wonderful open world was Red Dead Redemption 2. So, that's definitely says something.

    I see a lot of reviews comparing it to the modern open world RPGs like Horizon Forbidden West and Assassin's Creed Valhalla. I don't think that's a fair comparison at all. Both of them are fine, but they're using the same open world formula that was around for years. They have insane amount of handholding that takes away your freedom in favor of smooth and painless experience. FromSoftware games are simply not like that. They designed to give you all much freedom as possible. Including adjusting the difficulty and discovering the story by yourself. In my opinion, this kind of approach is the golden standard that puts "open" in the "open world".

    However, there are 2 reasons why it currently has 6.4 average user score:

    1. The game suffers from frame drops and stuttering. Not a deal breaker, but can be annoying if you're sensitive to it. I'm sure it will be patched eventually, but currently it isn't.
    2. Elden Ring had the heaviest marketing campaign of any FromSoftware game. As a result, a lot of new people came around and some of them are not really understanding what is it all about. That includes Ubisoft and EA fans.
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  3. Feb 26, 2022
    10
    Masterpiece. I was not sure if Souls formula was going to work in open-world but From absolutely nailed it. Exploration is super rewardingMasterpiece. I was not sure if Souls formula was going to work in open-world but From absolutely nailed it. Exploration is super rewarding with secrets and bosses almost everywhere. Expand
  4. Apr 7, 2022
    9
    Its a improvement from Dark souls 3 in every way. The only Problem is that the hardware requirement is a bit to heavy. And the open worldIts a improvement from Dark souls 3 in every way. The only Problem is that the hardware requirement is a bit to heavy. And the open world mechanics are improving the franchise a lot for me to.

    If you like Souls games, you will love it. If dont or, you are new to the series keep in mind that you will die a lot. And that you need to engage in the mechanics. Its a bit work and you cant just turn of your brain. Its still not a "mainstreamed" Game, so you should really think about what kind of game you want to play.

    The Story is really good but again told in a to cryptic way for me. You wont get everything until you played it 100h+ or watched some Youtube. But you can say that the beautiful world itself tells a Story to.
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  5. Mar 9, 2022
    6
    2012 graphics + YOU DIED + blind fanboi = best game ever ???
    This is the most overrated game ever. if Ubisoft or EA release this game it
    2012 graphics + YOU DIED + blind fanboi = best game ever ???
    This is the most overrated game ever. if Ubisoft or EA release this game it would be 7/10 or 8/10 maximum
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  6. Jun 18, 2022
    2
    its not bad game with no quest guide but why enemies spamming attack ? i feel like they are playing they have to enjoy the game not me. betterits not bad game with no quest guide but why enemies spamming attack ? i feel like they are playing they have to enjoy the game not me. better next game they let players enjoy the game. its so cringe because literally they are spamming and its annoying too much Expand
  7. Mar 24, 2022
    0
    In 2011 I was respecting people who play this game because I thought souls are hard. But now I know those games just have iritating swordIn 2011 I was respecting people who play this game because I thought souls are hard. But now I know those games just have iritating sword swing mechanics for last 11years. If you learn to roll you are almost immortal. Game getting easy. League, CS are WAY harder. Souls are ez singleplayer de-stressing dancing with bunnies on the meadow games. ps its true. As exploring game it's 7/10. Plot and gameplay 0/10 boring almost not existing. Fine game to relax for +/-50hours not gonna lie. Not worth the price. Expand

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