Elden Ring: Wildly popular souls game

Across the fog, to the Lands Between to stand before the Elden Ring. This game has sold over 12 million copies already and even Pewdiepie has played it!

Elden ring is an action-roleplaying game released in February 2022 and developed by none other than Fromsoftware. They are a Japan-based company that is known for their Armored core and Souls series. Some other popular titles of theirs include Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, King’s field, etc. Elden ring, like some of the other games from this studio, follows the Souls formula. Another interesting fact, the writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin worked with Fromsoftware in collaboration, providing material for the setting of this videogame.

The main premise of the game is to return the possessed shards of the Elden Ring and become the Elden Lord. It is set in The Lands Between, sometimes after the destruction of the ring. As a player, you can roam around the vast world, fight, loot different items, interact with NPC’s, level up your character, etc. 

What is the Souls formula?

Games that follow the Souls formula are known for their difficulty and environmental storytelling. As we previously stated, Fromsoftware and its Souls series are the origins of this subgenre. It all started with the game Demon’s Souls but gained popularity with the release of Dark Souls. These games are usually set in a dark fantasy world that lacks the traditional sense of storytelling, but makes it up with unmatchable world-building. Even though the term ‘’soulslike’’ is often thrown around to describe games with only a few vague similarities, Elden Ring truly falls into this subgenre. So, what makes the game stand out?

First, we have to take into consideration the sheer size of the game, it’s almost three times bigger than Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. As an experienced studio, regarding this subgenre of games, Fromsoftware definitely used all the knowledge they have gained during all those years of developing. Magic, which didn’t have the spotlight in previous games, now took the throne and we can see various spell alterations such as summoning spirits, AoE, pyromancy, etc.

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World of Elden Ring

Whenever you play a videogame with an open-world element, new locations on the map always seem disorienting at first. However, after a little, you should be able to easily get around. That is because games like Witcher 3, Assasins Creed Vallhalla, and others have a world that internalizes certain rules to the player. For example, where the different treasure is typically hidden. With Elden Ring, that is not the case. The Lands Between are specifically designed to never let you get close to understanding the scheme of the world. 

Combat in Elden Ring

Elden RIng

At the start of the game, you will have to make your own character. We have to say that there are many options to choose from which is rare for these types of games. There are 10 starting classes to choose from: Wretch, Confessor, Prisoner, Samurai, Prophet, Astrologer, Bandit, Hero, Warrior, and Vagabond. Each of them carries its own set of perks and cons. For players that are playing a Fromsoftware title for the first time, we suggest Vagabond.

Magic, like we previously stated, plays a big part in the game. Chances are, whatever build you pick, you will encounter spells in your abilities. A lot of different bosses in dungeons and in the open world will grant you spells as a reward. Also, NPC’s and items hidden all over the map are a good source of spells. The game is fairly new, so we cannot know yet what builds will be the best. One thing is for sure though, summon spells will find their way into every player’s arsenal. Certain AI companions can withstand even the toughest bosses on their own.


Remarkable world-building truly makes Elden Ring stand out from others. This game will make every fan of this subgenre happy, but it also brought a change regarding not-so-hardcore gamers. With help of summoning spells and magic in general, even those who aren’t that experienced with these kinds of games will certainly enjoy the experience as well.

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