Verdict: An astonishing feat in game design.
What is it?
Elden Ring is an expansive fantasy action-RPG game developed by FromSoftware, Inc. under the direction of Hidetaka Miyazaki and created in collaboration with famed ‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin, who provided details and background for the game’s mystical and magical setting.
The third-person game focuses on combat and exploration; players start with a linear opening but eventually progress to freely explore the Lands Between, including its six main areas. These are interconnected through a central hub that players can access later in the game›s progression and are explorable using the character›s mount as the main mode of transport. Combat relies heavily on character-building elements such as calculated and close-ranged melee-based combat with the use of skills, magic abilities, as well as blocking and dodging mechanics.
The thing that’s most impressive about Elden Ring is the variety in its brilliant open world design. There are gigantic castles, forts, manors, underground labyrinths and more to explore, packed with secret areas, challenging bosses, and multiple paths that are linked via one-way shortcut doors.
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