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Elden Ring brings new experiences to the gaming community

Has the gaming community been a little dry lately with no new games worthwhile? Well, don’t worry, this new game will be just the thing to satisfy your needs for entertainment.

Elden Ring, released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on Feb. 25, is an action multiplayer role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is among the highest-reviewed of all time. On live streaming platform Twitch, it drew nearly 900,000 viewers within 24 hours of release, making it the third-largest Twitch debut of all time after Lost Ark and Cyberpunk 2077.

The game costs a whopping $59.99, but is it really worth the money?

With the freedom of exploring a large fantasy world and the sheer amount of attention and skill that you need to master in this game, if this doesn’t capture your attention, then I do not know what will.

First, let’s talk about the complicated combat mechanics in the game. As a part of the popular third-person action role-playing game Dark Souls franchise, Elden Ring lives up to expectations with its intricate combat system. Even the simplest tutorial enemies can leave you defeated for hours if you don’t know the proper ways to defeat the monster. Beyond that, there are several aspects you have to master first: your stance, magic, block and parry timings.  

Combat is unbelievably hard, but that’s the essence of what makes Dark Souls games so great. There is a lot of give-and-take involved. For instance, performing successful parries will help in lowering or breaking your enemies’ stance greatly, but failing an attempt of parrying will cost you a lot, including your life. A lot of experienced players, who played this game nonstop since release, still have trouble parrying enemies sometimes. 

But, while combat is similar, Elden Ring also presents a brand new formula for fighting monsters—fighting them in groups. Lots of enemy groups just stand around with their backs conspicuously vulnerable to attack. It’s great because stealth is a factor, and the feeling of going up behind an unsuspecting enemy and sticking your blade through for a crunchy, satisfying critical hit never gets old. 

Once you get used to all the combat, the fun begins. Players can start to progress with character builds, farming mobs for items and gear for their character, which offers many boosts including health. The game’s quests and dungeons are also content-driven so that you can also play with your friends. 

Overall, the game is definitely worth the money spent and will provide you with more than enough fun to last you for a long time. 

You’re still reading? Go get the game already. It’s not only worth every penny you spend to buy it – it’s a steal that Bandai Namco is giving us this game for the price of a regular video game. Buy the game, and buy a copy for all of your friends who want to play the game but can’t afford to purchase it. That’s just how good Elden Ring is, and it’s the kind of experience that you’d have to share with your best buddies.

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