Elden Ring: Souls Games Noobs, I’m here with you

Since becoming one of the privileged masses to own a PlayStation 5, I have felt compelled to play more challenging games than ever before. I’m a turn-based tactician. I like deck building, a dungeon crawler…something I can grind.

Souls games are part of a series that have always fascinated me, but I didn’t think I was gamer enough for the notoriously difficult series. Fit well. I learn. So I downloaded Ring of Elden, directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki and in collaboration with George RR Martin, and I’ve been getting killed by things for two days. It’s nice !

In Ring of Elden, you play as a Terni, someone who is exiled after losing his blessing given to him by the Elden Ring and the “Erdtree”, a magical tree that is the source of life. You choose a class and go on a journey to recover the remaining fragments of the titular, fractured Elden Ring to make the world whole again. Yay! There’s only one difficulty mode, and it’s hard enough if you’re new to Miyazaki games, like me.

At the start of the game, you choose a class: Hero, Bandit, Astrologer, Warrior, Prisoner, Confessor, Wretch, Wanderer, Prophet or Samurai. Each has its own starting stats, but throughout the game you can adjust them to your liking. Like a fool, I said to myself: “Let me start like a wretch!” After getting tired of watching my half-naked body die, I decided to go to an astrologer. Much better for me. You start at level 6 with a staff, a sword, and a small shield. Stabbing enemies to death is much easier and faster than bludgeoning them as a level 1 Wretch.

Death is a normal part of the game, and while constantly dying can be exhausting, playing underworld taught me to see every death as an opportunity to find new ways to kill my enemies. I’m learning from my mistakes and I’ve come to accept that it’s okay to do something other than follow the path of golden light right away. Learning to take your time is the hardest part because I immediately felt like I was doing something wrong by not going straight to the main objective, but it makes sense that you can’t kill a huge boss right away.

For those wondering what to do, it can seem overwhelming at first. Getting your Torrent horse and getting the ability to summon spirits are the most important things you should do right away at the start of the game. Abuse the crouch button. Abuse it. There’s nothing wrong with sneakily stabbing your opponents. They want to die. Also talk to anyone who doesn’t have the face of an evil ghoul. You never know if it’s an important NPC until you try. And don’t be discouraged.

I’m already invested in the mythology of the game, and I’m in it for the journey. I don’t think I’ll ever be great at games like this, but just turning it on and playing for hours straight was a joy. It’s worth learning, and if in doubt, there’s a whole video community of gamers to help you along the way.

Get up and absorb this tradition!

(image: Bandai)

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