Elden Ring (Xbox Series X)

Developer FromSoftware inadvertently created a new kind of game when it released Demon’s Souls on PS3 over a decade ago.

The game has created a tough challenge for action RPG fans by providing cool boss fights and challenging gameplay.

Since the release of Demon’s Souls, FromSoftware has released other games in the genre like Dark Souls, Bloodborne and now Elden Ring. Elden Ring is FromSoftware’s latest game, although it still shares the same gameplay style as other Souls-style games.

Before starting the game, you are greeted by a brief introductory cinematic. After watching the cutscene, you’re prompted to make the all-important decision of choosing your preferred class type. There are 10 classes in the game, and they include the following: Hero, Bandit, Astrologer, Warrior, Prisoner, Confessor, Wretch, Wanderer, Prophet, and Samurai.

Choosing the right class is important because you can struggle with combat if you choose the wrong one. For example, I remember my friend recommended me to choose the Samurai class because it was good for melee combat.

Unfortunately, I realized early on that I was no good with samurai because I would easily be killed by enemies. Fortunately, I restarted the game as an astrologer, and it was better because this type of class can attack from afar using magic spells.

There’s an easy-to-miss combat tutorial section when you start the game that teaches you some of the basic Elden Ring mechanics. Combat is similar to the Souls series as you must dodge, roll, or block enemy attacks to avoid getting killed. However, the combat is much slower than that of Nioh or Sekiro.

Although you can sprint for a long time, the stamina bar decreases as you enter combat. This is because you can’t spam the attack button all the time or your character will get tired. You’ll also need to think about when you want to dodge the roll, because you can’t spam that button either.

In my experience, melee attack builds like samurai made the game harder to play. This is because you have to move forward with the enemies and you are always open to their attacks. Long-range combat is easier because you can attack enemies cheaply without taking too many hits. That being said, ranged combat hits a limit since you might run out of magic or ammo.

You also get a shield for certain class types where you can block or counterattack enemies. The counter attack is great because you can hit enemies with one hit if you are able to execute it.

Players playing Elden Ring will need to collect runes throughout the game if they want to upgrade their character. Runes are only collected if you are able to kill a lot of enemies and can reach a save point without dying.

If you die in Elden Ring, you will lose all your runes. You will need to recover the runes you lost if you manage to visit the location of your corpse. If you don’t reach your corpse, the runes you collected are lost forever!

Collecting runes is important because you can increase your stats and improve your skills. You will have to level up significantly in this game because you will die a lot of bosses if you are not skilled. Leveling up is highly recommended as staying strong allows you to easily beat bosses.

In terms of game design, Elden Ring is a unique and beautiful video game. Boss and creature design is excellent as they look unorthodox and no two boss battles are the same. There’s even a boss in the game that can kill you by mimicking a meteor strike!

The game is open world and there is no grip to guide the player to the next area. The whole game is pretty much open from the start, so you can explore wherever you want. There are tons of bosses and mini-bosses that can block a path, but they open up once you are able to defeat them.

To make exploration much less tedious, Elden Ring allows you to use a mount. Horse mount is not just for traveling far as you can also beat bosses and enemies using mount too. There was a dragon boss where I stayed on my horse and it made the fight more bearable.

Although Elden Ring is a fun and challenging video game, not everyone will like it. Elden Ring is similar to Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls, and the game doesn’t offer too many new features. If you don’t like Souls games, you’re not going to like this game either.

The game also lacks difficulty levels, so beginners may also want to avoid this game. The default difficulty of the game is hard and there is no way to make it easier. Not to mention, the game doesn’t tell you where to go, so you might have to watch a guide on YouTube to figure out what to do next.

Graphically, Elden Ring looks decent on Xbox Series X, and the framerate was stable most of the time. That being said, the game doesn’t feel as next-gen as other titles such as Forza Horizon 5 or the recent Gran Turismo 7.

Overall, Elden Ring is still a great action RPG with an enjoyable combat system and tons of awesome boss battles. The only people who might hate this game are casual gamers and people who aren’t good at the Souls genre.

Verdict: 9.0/10

A code was given to us for review.