Elden Ring gave me the confidence I needed to try Dark Souls again

Before Ring of the Elden, I had played less than two hours on any other FromSoftware title. At home in the world of FPS, the mechanics of Dark Souls or Bloodborne were too specific and too merciless for my often nervous reactions. The promise that Elden Ring would be more accessible than the Dark Souls games that scared me (thanks to its open world and flexible fast travel system) was the only thing that convinced me to try the latest game from FromSoftware as well.

I have now recorded nearly 75 hours of gameplay with Elden Ring and am taking my sweet time making my way through The Lands Between. I wrote about how I am using summons to get through the game with the help of friends and strangers alike, and I’ve created a build so focused on magic that I can make my way through almost any encounter. But what is it like when an Elden Ring player tries another FromSoftware title? Have I really learned anything that will help me get through a franchise that I’ve notoriously had tantrums for? Turns out Elden Ring gently molded me into (pause for effect) a FromSoftware fan.

Become Elden Lord

Ring of the Elden

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