Elden Ring, the highly anticipated action role-playing game from developer FromSoftware, is finally here. Fans of the developer’s previous titles, such as Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, will find elements familiar to them in Elden Ring.
Players will explore an open world filled with six main areas, ranging from grassy plains to wastelands, and encounter a variety of NPCs and enemies, including boss demigods. In addition to the open world, Elden Ring also includes hidden dungeons filled with powerful bosses and helpful items.
At the start of the game, players will choose a character class, which determines their spells, equipment, and attributes. In combat, players can engage in melee or ranged combat, use spells and shields, and apply “Ashes of War” to their weapons to grant them special abilities. Players can also use stealth to target enemies with critical hits or avoid them entirely.
Checkpoints called “Sites of Grace” are scattered throughout the game, allowing players to increase their attributes, change spells, swap Ashes of War, and fast travel. Upon death, players can respawn at the last Site of Grace where they rested, or at a “Stake of Marika” if they died nearby. Players can use runes, obtained by defeating enemies, to increase their attributes, buy items, and improve weapons and armor, but they will lose all collected runes upon death and risk losing them forever if they die again before retrieving them.
Elden Ring also includes crafting mechanics, which require recipes and materials that can be found in collectibles or obtained from enemies or merchant NPCs. These mechanics allow players to create items such as poison darts and consumables. Players can also summon friendly NPCs called spirits to fight enemies using “Spirit Ashes” found in the game world, which can only be summoned near “Rebirth Monuments” found in large areas and boss arenas.
For those looking for a multiplayer experience, Elden Ring has you covered. Players can be summoned for co-op and PvP play over the Internet, or play with friends through password matchmaking.
The story of Elden Ring follows the player character’s journey to restore the shattered Elden Ring and the world’s balance, aided by a companion character named Lothian. Players can choose to either accept or reject certain choices made by Lothian, which will affect the story and ending. The game includes multiple endings based on the player’s choices and actions.
And for those looking to experience the game again, Elden Ring also has a New Game Plus mode, which allows players to start a new game with their current character, retaining their attributes and items.
Overall, Elden Ring looks to be a thrilling and immersive experience for fans of action role-playing games. With its open world, hidden dungeons, challenging bosses, and deep character customization, it’s sure to keep players engaged for hours on end. So, get ready to explore the Lands Between and restore the shattered Elden Ring!