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Elden Ring Review: A Deep Dive into the Lands Between
Glory to Gaming: Elden Ring is a Ballad of Blood and Betrayal
I dreamt for so long. My flesh was dull gold… and my blood, rotted. Corpse after corpse, left in my wake. As I awaited… his return. Heed my words. I am Malenia. Blade of Miquella. And I have never known defeat — Malenia, Elden Ring
Perspective into Review:
Elden Ring is the type of game that totally consumes you. Well, at least, it did for me, and not just my time but my very mind. It’s not that I just played and called it a day, it’s all I could think about.
The journey through Elden Ring became a mental palace, where every door I explored had reason for treason yet the temptations for treasure was ever present. You never know what you’ll find around any corner that you just want to explore it all, and maybe just once again in case the game fooled you like it did with me. It’s almost overwhelming and unbelievable with its tricks and treats with how its takes Hidetaka Miyazaki’s game design philosophies, storytelling techniques and ties it with George R. R. Marin’s character biographies, worldly atrocities — truly a never ending spicy take of hide and seek between Tom and Jerry.
The game begins with telling you to take the plunge, and if you’re an avid FromSoftware you know you don’t want to trust that. So I went more than half the game without knowing there was a tutorial.
Normally, we skip the instructions because we think we know better, but in the case of Elden Ring, a lot of us skipped the introduction because we do know better.
Aside from a few tool tips like how to dual wield, the true introduction to the game lies in when we soak in the breathing wild of the Lands Between. Just how awesome is that name, it’s vague enough to keep you wondering what it means, yet it’s clear enough to guide you in whatever direction you want to go.
The fact that there are no quest markers or character logs is what allows this game to offer you a truly fresh open world experience.