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Put these foolish ambitions to rest: A Tiny Elden Ring Review

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Elden Ring main character riding torrent looking at the Erdtree

Jumping into Elden Ring, everyone meets Margit, the Fell Omen—the first real Soulsborne boss on the block. Margit's a tough cookie, no doubt about it, really putting everyone's skills to the test. Beating him is a win worth celebrating, but it's his parting words, „Put these foolish ambitions to rest,” that kind of stick with you. Just a taste of what this wild ride has in store for all of us.

Elden Ring reveals a perfect blend of fun and challenge. It's not a cakewalk, striking that sweet spot where you're hooked without the frustration. Encounter a tough boss or area? No worries — just venture elsewhere, power up, snag better gear, and return ready to take it on.

The quests can be a bit annoying if you're not paying close attention, but most convos are short and to the point. They've added markers for NPCs on the map in Patch 1.03, which helps a lot with those quests where you're not sure what's next.

The game offers fantastic flexibility with various character builds, and the best part is you're not locked into your choices for too long; you can re-specialize early on. Just be aware, there's no unlimited re-specializing, so choose wisely.

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Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon
„Ah... Thou... Is it thy wish to be born anew? To become a sweeting, reborn of my beloved egg?”

— Queen Rennala of the Full Moon

The world is massive, with different biomes and lots of places to explore. Most of them end with a boss waiting for you, and there are over 200 bosses in the game, from tougher soldiers to massive dragons. So, plenty to keep you busy!

Elden Ring has six different endings, so there's a good reason to play it again, not just for the different builds but also for the different endings.

This game got me into the Soulsborne Series. Since finishing Elden Ring, I've tackled Demon's Souls Remastered and Dark Souls Remastered, and Dark Souls 2 is just sitting there, waiting for me to dive in.

Elden Ring is hands down my Game of the Year 2022, probably the best game I've played since Divinity: Original Sin 2.

Taking everything into account, my rating for Elden Ring is: