Elden Ring Difficulty Poll

Good news everyone, the difficulty discourse is back! It's a topic that seems to explode into life pretty much every time FromSoftware releases something new, and it's happening yet again with the launch of Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree.

In case you don't already know, there's currently a heated debate going on that revolves around the DLC's overall difficulty level. Some believe that it's just too damn high, while others claim that this is simply the Souls formula at work. Even FromSoftware boss Hidetaka Miyazaki has felt the need to wade into the conversation, stating that the studio's games simply must push players to overcome often brutal challenges, because that's just how they're designed.

But we're not here to ask whether you think Shadow of the Erdtree is too hard. Instead, we want to take a broader approach, and ask if you genuinely enjoy intentionally difficult video games. So, vote in our poll, and then take all the time you need to explain yourself in the comments section below.

Generally speaking, are you put off playing intentionally difficult games? (3,193 votes)

  1. Yes, I just don't enjoy difficult games23%
  2. Yeah, high difficulty can be a problem overall14%
  3. Yep, my free time is limited and I'd rather make clear progress27%
  4. Kind of, I prefer having difficulty settings15%
  5. Nah, I tend to embrace the challenge15%
  6. No, I love difficult games7%