Elden Ring reviews are in, and perhaps crucially, scored Elden Ring reviews are in. Media had roughly a week to play through this 100-hour opus, so we’ve pumped the brakes on our score for the time being; it’s unlikely many review outlets have reached the credits of this release. That’s not stopping sites from declaring it one of the greatest games ever made, though. With that in mind, here’s an Elden Ring review round up, starting off with our own thoughts so far.
Push Square: Unscored
Elden Ring feels like the definitive FromSoftware game. With a refined combat system packing new ideas and an open world perfect for exploration, it sets a new benchmark for titles of this ilk to strive for. While its technical faults and underwhelming side content may be sources of disappointment, what the core experience offers is spectacular. It won't suddenly convert those turned off by previous entries into fans, but FromSoftware lovers should probably consider Elden Ring an essential playthrough. We just need a bit more time to confirm those thoughts.
The Guardian: 5/5
Video games can be all kinds of different things, representing all manner of artistic ambitions. Most, however, share a common goal: to conjure a compelling fictional reality, filled with beckoning mysteries, enchanting secrets, and enriching opportunities to compete and collaborate. They aim to provide a liminal space in which a determined player can fix that which is broken, order that which is chaotic. By this definition, at least, Elden Ring is the finest video game yet made. Its final gift is the assurance that, whatever monsters lurk in a broken world, with perseverance and cooperation, they too can be overcome – all without losing the mystery and wonder that makes our existence beguiling, infuriating, and fascinating.
All that said, Elden Ring remains a glorious game, one that established fans are going to savour for some time to come, and one that may just welcome new fans into the FromSoft fold. Sumptuous visual design, dark and detailed lore and a vast-but-intricate open world are reason enough to venture out into the Lands Between. Add to that FromSoftware's unforgiving and unforgettable gameplay loop and this is something truly special.
It is no exaggeration to say that Elden Ring is FromSoftware’s largest and most ambitious game yet, and that ambition has more than paid off. Even after 87 hours of blood, sweat, and tears that included some of the most challenging fights I’ve ever fought, and innumerable surprises, there are still bosses that I left on the table, secrets that I’ve yet to uncover, sidequests that I missed out on, tons of weapons, spells, and skills that I’ve never used. And this is all on top of PVP and cooperative play that I’ve barely been able to scratch the surface of.
Gamespot: 10/10 (Review in Progress)
In a genre that has become wrought with bloated and over-designed games, Elden Ring is defiantly contrarian in almost every way. Its commitment to design by subtraction and to placing the responsibility of charting a path through its world entirely on the player makes it stand head and shoulders above other open-world titles. Elden Ring takes the shards of what came before and forges them into something that will go down in history as one of the all-time greats: a triumph in design and creativity, and an open-world game that distinguishes itself for what it doesn't do as much as what it does.
Were you already aboard the Elden Ring hype train, or have you just booked a ticket in hurried anticipation? Don’t forget to check out our own Elden Ring review through the link, and let us know in the comments section below.
Booked off work next week to immerse myself in it. Threw in a day at the spa and museum to balance things out so I’m not playing too much 😜 regardless, beyond excited for a game I’ve been waiting to play since the first trailer. Let’s all “git gud” together fam!
@Enriesto I was hoping at least a couple comments would pop up before I saw "git gud" Lol
@TheRealist haha sorry, thought it best to break the phrase into the comments in a light-hearted manner. Not a fan of the saying myself 😅
The quantity of these "review in progress"es (with score) is really funny. reminds me of those "1st" comments.
How much of this is blinkered hype from the connection to George RR Martin? He is flavour of the month these days.
It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while a game will come out that is genre-defining, and will change the medium in a new way. Somehow, FromSoft is going to do this twice - the whole “Soulslike” practically became a genre of its own, and now with its open world design.
Additionally - this may be controversial - I feel like this game and its open world will be much more enjoyable to explore than Breath of the Wild. I simply could not get into that game. Yes, there are secrets abound everywhere; yes you could go anywhere you want at any given time; yes there were many way to solve problems; but exploration was boring to me when I always knew the only thing waiting for me is a shrine. The world also felt empty, although I understand why it was from a game design perspective (the world was in ruins for 100 years).
For me personally, Elden Ring seems to offer what Breath of the Wild did with its open world, but offer more rewarding incentives to do so, whether it be lore, mini boss fights, new weapons, or something. That is something I can’t wait for - the sense of mystery and awe around every corner, and knowing there will be something different. Bring it on, Friday.
I been saying for years elden ring was gonna be a masterpiece.and so it is.and one of the best games ever made.so elden ring is nas illmatic. And god of war will be wu tang clan enter the 36 chambers.word up son
I wasn't planning on buying it. Already have enough on my table. But I can't pass on a game that is universally considered to be a masterpiece.
Bandai Namco are complicit in the treatment of these reviewers. Giving them a week to play through a game of this size is insane, there’s no way anybody can critically assess a game of that size with that time pressure. Unfortunately due to the nature of games journalism, many reviews have scores already, because everyone wants to get theirs out first. Everybody should be doing what this site is doing, holding off the full review until the game is completed in a sensible timeframe, without pushing the reviewer to the brink of madness.
I hope its success doesn't affect HFW sales
Yeah, I question there may be a lack of comprehensive assessment in some of these early reviews. Nevertheless, it sounds impressive. Even if it’s possibly hyperbole to call it the greatest game of all time. That said, I’m closer to wanting to buy it now. Very tempting.
I'd like to get it in the future. Just started Forbidden West.
Watch a few reviewers give their spectacular 6 out of 10 reviews and it drops to 94.
@nessisonett From what I’ve seen on YouTube mainly, most critics have put in 50+ hours in a single week and if they are coming away with their views on the game based off that play time I think is very telling of the quality of the game. If this game wasn’t as genre defining as many are proclaiming, then most reviewers would have B-Lined an open world game of this scale to the ending. Reminds me exactly of Breath of the Wild, I’ve put in 85+ hours into that and haven’t “beat” the game
@2here2there Horizon will still sell better.
@nessisonett i agree 100%. Sure certain games can be gutted in a week for a final reeview verdict but a game of this length and scope, im doubtful. Im guessing that no one else encountered any of the issues Psquare encountered to get to their 10/10 scores. Also doubtful.
not a single review for ps4 yet. just how bad is the port?
Just waiting to grab my copy on the 25th. Very much looking forward to it.
@2here2there It might on the PlayStation side of things, it has definitely taken some buzz away from Horizon. We don't get 97% metacritic scored games too often, it looks like Fromsoft have put out their best yet. But Horizon 2 will be just fine and sell enough to make Sony execs happy, win win all around.
I love how the IGN review is like "yeah there was a ton of content I totally missed, anyway this game gets a 10" lol. Now I'm not one of those "werz da REEL game jurnalizm" types but reviews like that aren't very helpful to me. Not that a reviewer should always 100% a game, but if there's entire modes a reviewer hasn't tried, it doesn't feel right giving the game a score yet. Definitely the right decision from Push Square to give the game some more days before a final score.
@nessisonett 1000% Bandai Namco should have given reviewers more time. A week for a game of this scope is just completely bonkers, bordering on unethical.
@Enriesto Haha. All in good fun.
As if the wait wasn’t hard enough… I’m so excited to go on this journey. The time is near. Have fun all!
Beat me to it. I'm not even a fan of Soulslike games but this I'll play. I guess such is the burden of being a gamer 🙃
@RevGaming Yeah always them salty reviewers marking things down cause they didn't get a review copy, got it late or are just attention seeking.
@Porco Nothing wrong with the PS4's, they're all just reviewing the PS5 version.
I suck badly at these games but this looks brilliant. Bound to have lots of fun and frustration playing it tomorrow.
What's more impressive to me than all the crazy high review scores is that Elden Ring actually somehow managed to live up to the insane hype surrounding it. Most games crack under that kind of pressure I mean just look at Cyberpunk. But it just goes to show you can never count From Software out. And it looks like they have another masterpiece under their belt. Man, friday can't come soon enough
No hate or anything but declaring it the best game ever at this point is utterly ridiculous. 1) the game isn't even out 2) how much of the game did they play? and 3) what about technical issues/performance?
Thank you for not scoring it yet. I can't possibly take an incomplete Review of a game not fully played as a viable source of information. This is not to be taken seriously at this point.
@Porco its not a port though is it? I'm picking up that the game was developed side by side so thats not a port..if it launched on the ps4 months later then i'd consider that a port but this isnt..its a bona fide ps4 version built specifically for the ps4 tech..its going to be janky,30fps and maybe suffer a bit of frame pacing..still going to be bloody good for ps4,ps4 pro owners...
@RubyCarbuncle i understand what you are saying and i agree to a degree too but when push square have had review copys of other games in the past and have been bashing away at them for at least a couple of weeks and declare them essential purchases (just insert any other superlatives) before launch we dont ask the same question here as we are now..
I gotta say, I was looking forward to it a lot but it’s scored a bit higher overall than I anticipated.
Will definitely pick this up in the future but right now I've got HFW on PS5 and Breath of the Wild on Switch. I'll need to play some of my backlog that isn't open world then jump in. Maybe all these unfinished reviews are a nod to Mr Martin himself 😂
I dispise souls games and don't have time difficult games. This won't be an exception for me right?
@nessisonett Your right. Its a pretty crazy feat to ask of reviewers. I would rather wait to see a full review, then get half of it.
@Medic_Alert If we want to talk about conspiracies then we should probably mention that HFW is apparently getting "review bombed" on metacritic even though it's user score is sitting at an 8.1.
Apparently any sort of negative review of Horizon constitutes as review bombing. It can't be that some people simply don't like the game.
Too bad most people will be put off buying it due to its difficulty, won't get the sales it deserves
Already paid off just have to wait for its delivery on Friday
Eh, "Game of thrones" is a decent subhead, I suppose, but I would've gone with "One ring to rule them all" for this bit, myself.
Waiting for the postman to deliver it. Basically, I will be camping at the windowsill until he comes today, lol. I've never been this excited about a game I think.
@Medic_Alert I think it may have to do with the 10/10 for Elder Ring that some people don't support. In the case of Horizon, it has not been reviewed as a 10/10 in my experience. Could be wrong there. Personally I'm just glad to see two stellar games in quick succession and couldn't be bothered by which one is a true goty contender.
@Medic_Alert yeah have seem fan boys get annoyed when exclusives don't get goty. Oh well.
Edit: not implying fan boys in this context as I'm not a mind reader. Still think it is a case of some seeing 10/10 as a bit too high.
An early comparison said last gen version loading time is horrendous. I think loading time is the most annoying point to expect.
I really wish I liked the formula to these games. I tried so many times to get into Bloodborne but it just never clicked. I would like to try this so here's hoping From release a trial for it.
Clicked on metacritic and the first 10/10 review I see is from The Daily Star. Says it all.
@UltimateOtaku91 That problem is easily solved. But yeah fromsoft and the die hard fans don't want that. Its called adding accesibility features or an "easy mode". I know a lot of people, including me, who love the aesthetic of this game, are a fan of open world action games, but don't want to spend time dying over and over again, would buy this game if an easy mode was added on top of the "normal" difficulty
I'll get this eventually, but with FW and Cyberpunk.. what over 100hrs of gaming there alone, probably wise to hold off and then play just the one game. Haha
Can we stop pointing the finger at people because they love a certain exclusive game and derail the comments plz?
Jeez people go console war even with what’s going on the world 😔
@Lavalera Then play something else, not every game needs to be tailored to your needs. If Fromsoft wants to have their games be difficult let them. It's pretty clear that they don't care about sales in exchange for their vision.
Gonna have to skip this (at least for now) because it's too hard and I can't be bothered
No, really, with all other responsibilities in my life I just can't spend what little gaming time I have dying and not progressing. Which is a shame, because I love and respect the idea of FromSoftware games.
No game should ever be 10/10 tbh
It’s just a feeling and expressing love for a game from a reviewer point of view. Score are bs most of the time.
I’ve seen many reviews and the feeling is they all love it even with performance flaws.
@Nepp67 Oh i am playing something else and i know that the games how they are now aren't for me. I was just reacting to otaku who said this game doesn't get the sales it deserves and i posted a solution for that. I'm not saying they have to change.
@MrSensical they didn't have to publish their reviews already. If anything is unethical, it's releasing reviews early, when they know they haven't experienced the game well enough to reward it with a 10.
I knew within about 20 hours of playing AC Oddysey that while it was a decent game, it was going to be a long, frustrating slog to get to the end of it (not because of difficulty but because of the sheer bloat in AC Odyssey).
You don't have to 100% a game to be able to review it fairly and frankly. Sure, there might be some BS ending that none of the reviewers have got to yet, but if 40+ hours of gameplay is already holding up well enough to get the reviews it's getting, it's unlikely that the rest of the game is going to knock more than 1 out of 10 off the score
Guys, play now while you can, cause Russia is already in Ucraine. When they start attacking Romania and Poland, it's war time for whole Europe.
Although I really want to play it, I just have to wait... I have so many titles in my backlog it would just be disgusting to buy a full price game right now.
For anyone else prepared to wait, I'm guessing it will be down to around $40 in 10 months time, based on other From titles.
hell yeahhh! so excited for tomorrow man
Might try it later on but still not sure I'd enjoy based on dloodbourne which I didn't like at all.
@Medic_Alert how can I not be feared, I leave in Romania, right next to the war.
Yep this weekend sorted with Elden Ring!
Not to be a hater but I am allowed a view, how can a game get 10/10 when it hasn't been finished and even more importantly not everyone will like it, myself included? I played bloodborne and didn't like it so my view is based on that. Surely if a game is rated 10/10 it is perfect and has no fault to it and as such, everyone should love it, that is just not possible. Appreciate people have different tastes, but to score a game a perfect 10 is being disengenerous
I guess i'll be reviewing this myself. These guys have not had enough sleep to do their jobs properly.
I'm almost (as usual) getting sucked in by the hype here but it's not one for me.
I've tried Demons Souls (original), Dark Souls and Bloodborne and I've not gotten along with any of them. But still I read the hype and comments and feel like I should get this.
But I won't. Glad the reviews are looking top notch and have fun if your getting it, look great
Pre ordered my copy and looking forward to getting round to it, I won't be dropping HFW anytime soon and GT7 will be played alongside HFW so could be April before I get around to it.
10/10 doesn't mean "everyone will love it". That's just unrealistic. The rating will reflect how good/essential a game is for the audience that enjoys that genre of game, not it's appeal to audiences in general who might not be a fan of the genre.
Personally I can't stand football games, and I'm not particularly bothered about racing games either - but I don't insist that everyone knock FIFA down to 2/10 and Gran Tourismo 7 down to 5/10, just because neither of them are particularly my cup of tea. I don't even insist that players like myself should be accounted for in the review score, because that's just madness. There are tons of people who just think video games are a complete waste of time (and to be fair they're not entirely wrong, particularly given the number of games that have zero respect for players' time - but here I am, still playing video games), should reviews also account for all of their opinions and make 5/10 the maximum score that a game can possibly achieve? I think you'll agree that that's ludicrous, so don't insist on your personal taste being accounted for in reviews for games that aren't to your taste anyway
@2here2there if Zelda botw didn’t I don’t see why this will especially because it doesn’t have the broad appeal of Zelda
@ApostateMage Bloodborne is one of my favourites of all time. There was a high sense of achievement with every step you took. I loved the art style and theme, loved the sound, everything was so unique. People talk about the difficulty, yeah it's hard, but yet I platinumed Bloodborne and still haven't beaten MHWorld.
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@Emperor_Rusty fromsoft gets held up like Rockstar does for example so even though it’s doing the same thing other open world games do just with it’s own little spin reviewers act like it’s revolutionary and never been done before and overhype it. I’m sorry I’ve played the technical test and can’t wait for this game but I just don’t see how this game has a 96 opencritic score and it’s being called one of the best open world games of all time. It’s literally the souls formula in a open world but here we are with the hyperbole.
@dark_knightmare2 you're right. Just checked the release date of those and found out the gap for them was also 1 week. Thanks
@Medic_Alert I just want all reviewers to be consistent. Since you brought up horizon indirectly I’ll say I don’t see how that was only worthy of an 89 which don’t get me wrong is great while this has a 96 when Horizon FW has one of the best open worlds to explore in the last few years. Like Horizon is doing plenty better than elden ring which itself is doing stuff better than horizon but the score discrepancy isn’t insignificant and I fail to see how Elden is so much better than FW supposedly to warrant that difference
@dark_knightmare2 I'm looking forward to Elden Ring - I didn't take part in the network test, because at that point I wasn't convinced I was going to buy it at launch, but I've pre-ordered in the last month
Obviously time (and gameplay) will tell, but I like what I'm hearing about the way they've done the open world, as it sounds a lot like the way zelda: BOTW did it. Yes, there's a big open world, but it's not littered with icons telling you "there's something to do here", prompting you to 100% the whole map (I've been ignoring these promptings for a while now in Open World games, it's just too much stuff). What I like about BOTW is that there's a lot of optional content but there's nothing saying "here's something you have to do!". Die hard completionists can still do absolutely everything if they want, but the rest of us don't have to look at a map full of "stuff I haven't done" whenever we open it up. It sounds like Elden Ring is taking a similar approach to the map, at least
@dark_knightmare2 Yeah because there are other games EXACTLY like Rockstar games. I can get the same level of detail on a horse from RDR2 in other games... pfft let's be serious. As for FromSoft I acknowledge they offer unique experiences and art style and there's a level of addiction to them when it clicks. I agree with you though on HFW, it deserves to be standing at 90+ but then again it's only a few reviewers who actually can't get into it that drag it down, so we well know it's still a 90+ game.
Don’t be too put off by the difficulty. Honestly I’m not skilled at all. DS games are more approachable (than Sekiro Bloodborne ) because there’s a lot of different approach you can have and ER goes way beyond regarding the choice you have.
You need to keep in mind reviewers have to make progress even if they feel underleveled or even if they had a wrong strategy from the beginning. DS needs patience and strategy and take time to see what works best for you. Guides also help.
@danlk1ng I was very careful not to give the game a rating, firstly as I haven't played it but more importantly because if I don't like it, doesn't mean it isn't a good game. However, I do disagree agree with you implying that if it isn't to players taste that shouldn't come into the games rating as there must be reasons why I don't like it and for that reason the game can't be perfect. If the game was rated 8/10 with a statement somewhat like 'best game in a generation but may not be to everyone's taste' , I wouldn't have a problem with that, but to give it a perfect score is not possible
Can't keep up with the releases or backlog. I suspect I'll be playing Horizon for a few weeks yet, but looking forward to getting this in time. However FromSoft games have often launched a bit janky (remember those ridiculous bloodborne load times before they were fixed?) waiting for a patch or three is probably a good idea.
@Emperor_Rusty but not everyone agrees as to what "a perfect game" is. If "a perfect game" to you is something that absolutely everyone will enjoy, then no game will be "a perfect game", there'll always be someone who dislikes the game, so you may as well just cap review scores at 8/10 (or lower if you want to account for people who just don't like video games at all, for whatever reason)
A much more reasonable interpretation of "perfect", in review scores anyway, is that a game is as good as it possibly could be, within the genre that it inhabits. Racing games don't need to appeal to soulsborne fans, soulsborne games don't need to appeal to fans of turn-based RPGs, FIFA doesn't have to appeal anyone who doesn't like FIFA. FIFA gets a lot of criticism at times, but it's never "this game just doesn't appeal to X" - it's to do with the lack of innovation between titles and the peristence of predatory microtransactions.
You're free to think that a 10/10 game is one that must be loved by absolutely every player who tries it regardless of their personal tastes, but that's just not how they're rated.
@Northern_munkey Valid point I definitely can't argue with that.
The game unlocks at midnight but i gotta work tomorrow so what I'm gonna do is to create my ashen one first, I mean tarnished😜😜before going to bed. That way I can jump straight into the action once I get home👌👌👍👍
Brilliant reviews. The only thing stopping me from getting it right away is that I've never played a Souls-like game before. If I start with the latest and greatest, then that could make the others seem bad by comparison. So instead, I'm thinking about starting Dark Souls or something soon, then Elden Ring can be a bit further down the line.
Whilst I am sure it is an excellent title my faith in review scores was shaken somewhat by the love for Outer Wilds, one of the worst videogames I have ever played.
Gonna be hard finishing Horizon FW with this looming overhead.
For years now, I've been waiting for a game that can stand beside Breath of the Wild, or even surpass it. I had begun to think only its sequel stood a chance, but now it looks like FromSoft has provided a new challenger. I hope it lives up to the acclaim.
Elden Ring? Never heard of it?
Sounds like it's an open world game for people that don't like open world games, a bit like BotW.
I sincerely doubt ER is better than ether RDR2 or The Witcher 3 but we live in an age of hyperbole, gotta generate those clicks.
@Perturbator got it for £31 from the Turkish PSN store, no need to wait for a 'sale' with that kind of price for Day 1!
Amazing how well it's reviewing! Hope you all have a blast with it tomorrow!!
@JJ2 I think the 10s are rounded up. Some outlets give 7, 8, 9 or 10. Maybe the game is a 9.6 but they gave it a 10 because they don't give decimals.
@AchievingGamer Tales of Arise is my 2021 goty. Such a shame mainstream games were highlighted.
I'm sure that it is a really good game for Soulsborne fans, despite some of the PR though I doubt it's 'easy' enough for newcomers to enjoy.
We live in an age where more games are finding ways to be more accessible to as wide a range of gamers as possible. For some reason though, adding difficulty levels to these types of games is asking for too much. Is that fair? Does it even matter?
No need to just say GG, people game for different reasons one of which is for entertainment and relaxation. Being stuck on the same boss for hours even days (depending on your available play time) isn't my idea of entertainment or relaxation!
@Col_McCafferty As a fellow RDR2, Horizon and most open worlds fan, I'll advise you to give this a chance. Don't know if you ever tried Bloodborne but what a spectacular game it was/is. I still keep humming some of its music till this day. Never really checked out DS but I was close to getting Sekiro when I heard about ER. Kept tabs on it when I realized it's open world with a bit of Bloodborne art and DS style. There's a high sense of achievement in these games, every little progression you make feels incredibly satisfying.
@Porco The comparison videos i seen actually said the PS4 version is the most stable framerate-wise. Although 30fps obviously It runs really well (also without day one patch)
@TheArt I do trust your judgement but on this one I'm not sure, I struggle with games that are Souls lite (Jedi Fallen Order, Kena!) but at least with these you do have the option to lower the difficulty.
Someone bought me Demon's Souls as a gift, not sure why tbh, and maybe I'll have to give that an honest try first and see how I get on. If it's not a complete disaster then maybe I might be tempted to give ER a go as well but that won't be for many months.
I have HFW and Cyberpunk on the go, GT7 out next week and games like GotG and Judgement in my backlog. I'm in no rush to get my arse handed to me on a plate time after time after time after....
Although i agree that a week is a bit tight, the majority of the scored reviews DID finish the game. I don't understand why people get so annoyed if a game gets rated well. Contrarian human nature? That goes for a lot of you on here. I'm sure the unscored reviews will be mainly 9s when all is said and done.
The technical issues will be fixed i hope.
It's funny how scores seem to mean more than the actual content of the review. I wish we could just dispense of them.
@danlk1ng I'm sure your right, I mean it is a game with perfect graphics, game play, performance, storey line and ability to choose difficulty level so nothing to be improved on, oh wait...
You are obviously a fan, and for that I am happy for you that it is has come out and you can have many happy hours of gaming but if you can't conceded that a game to get 10 /10 it must be perfect, then I don't know. I wonder how you would feel if a game you didn't like got full marks, would you still be so passionate in your view that your opinion of the game has no relevance?
For the game and the fans sake, I hope it lives up to expectations and I hope that players give honest ratings (unlike the bombing of Horizon recently)
Already downloaded and just waiting for it to unlock, so excited.
@Emperor_Rusty with regards your question "I wonder how you would feel if a game you didn't like got full marks, would you still be so passionate in your view that your opinion of the game has no relevance?"
Absolutely. For example, for all I care FIFA can get 10/10. I don't care what it gets, and I won't be playing it even if it's declared "the perfect football game", not even if it would be accurate to call it that, because I don't like sports games generally. That rating isn't for me, it's for the people who actually play those games. FIFA can be declared game of the year for all I'm bothered. Maybe the people enjoying FIFA genuinely enjoy it more than I enjoy the games I enjoy - it doesn't mean I'm going to suddenly enjoy FIFA
This isn't even about me defending Elden ring's status as "perfect" or "10/10". People can rate it how they like - I just think games should be rated (by publications anyway - not by individiuals) in line with their target audience (and generally this is how they are rated - to the point that people complain bitterly if a game is rated low because the reviewer just isn't a fan of that type of game), rather than whether or not they're perfect for everyone, because they're not going to be
@Col_McCafferty I'll race you online on GT7 and you'll get arse handed to you time after...etc etc to the max 🤣🤣😉
@Col_McCafferty Mmkay I've spent 100s of hours in GT Sport and I feel 7 is more of the same, like a complete package of Sport and all it's updates and add-ons since 2017 and then some, so not really looking forward to it. I don't think you're gonna get whooped time after after time if you take time with ER. I was also following the "hard" narrative of FromSoft games and avoiding them till I tried Bloodborne and realized I was wiping a tough boss' face on the floor on the FIRST TIME OF MEETING, no retry.
@KingPev I expect you will but even if I finish last I'll still be making some sort of progress!
@TheArt Well, I haven't played Sport so I am looking forward to it.
I'll see how I get on with Demon's Souls first before making a judgement call on ER. All I'm saying is that I have plenty to play as it is and have no need nor desire to play ER asap despite the stellar reviews.
@dark_knightmare2 Let's not put the cart before the horse. None of us have actually sat down with ER ourselves yet. The gap between ER and HFW metacritic scores could be completely justified, or not. We simply don't know yet one way or the other
@Lavalera All fair points about lack of accessibility modes, but personally I'm against several difficulty settings in all games.
First, the game will be much harder to balance, and inevitably it will show in some encounters. The overall balance quality will suffer as the result, unless the game is developed and tested with one core mode all the way through, and additional modes are added later. But that's not how games are designed. Many modes? Design and test them all with the same size QA team. Adjusting difficulty in one of them leads to shifting neighbouring difficulties etc.
Second, as a player every time I have to somehow predict what difficulty is the right for me. Granted, I can switch it later, but then the nagging feeling that I didn't pass some part of the game on the same difficulty stays. When there's no difficulty I know I can accept the challenge.
@Tchunga yeah that’s true I was just going by the reviews I’ve read. I’m excited regardless that I’m playing horizon and tonight at midnight I’ll be playing elden ring ps owners are feasting
@TheArt yeah exactly playing horizon no way it isn’t 90 plus and you’re right without those like four or five ridiculous 6 scores from no name sites it would be over 90. In no universe is FW a freaking 6 idc how they try to justify it it’s just not. My comment about rockstar was more their games can be amazing but I don’t think 97 or 98 metacritic score amazing it’s that rockstar name that bumps them a little higher than is justified
@dark_knightmare2 That's the awful downside to Critic Aggregators like MC. A single site can singlehandedly dock a game by a few significant points if they decide to give it 3/10 or 4/10 just for attention, that just gives it too much power and I feel there's gotta be some checks by MC before scores like that are added. However I just take the original score, if a game was 98 and got dropped to 95 just by a single ridiculous attention seeking score, to me it's still 98. HFW is a 92-93 to me right now.
@TheArt I agree that’s exactly the metascore I would give it. It’s truly one of the best open world games in years. The sidequests are Witcher 3 tier just without being able to change the outcomes,the world is so fun to explore and you’re always rewarded for exploring,main story is great, probably the best combat ever in a open world game,soundtrack is phenomenal,there’s so much reactive dialogue it’s crazy and helps the world feel even more alive,the machines are meticulously detailed and their animations are crazy,the towns feel so alive and don’t even have to say anything about the graphics lol.
You literally can't review a FromSoft game poorly because you'll be seen as a filthy casual. Any flaw
an just be chalked up to another challenge to overcome for the hardcore.Not like souls fans even need a review to tell them to buy this, they made their minds up the second it was announced.
While I'm happy Elden Ring is reviewing very well, I know I will suck at playing it.
So I shall be waiting for it to drop down to $25 New during November/December 2022 sales.
I have watched a few gameplay videos of it on YouTube and it looks er erm ok??? (the co-op looks cool. I wouldlike to play it like that) But a 10 out of 10 from everyone??? Hmm, ok Luckily it wasn't a PlayStation Exclusive then it wouldn't of got 10 out of 10 from everyone I bet.
@Emperor_Rusty I had to create an account just to respond to this, because it is truly one of the most insane takes I have ever seen. I was going to rate your opinion 0/10, meaning absolutely everyone hates it, but then I remembered that I need to account for you personally, so I guess I give it a 1/10.
@Emperor_Rusty a ten doesn't mean a game is perfect, as what would constitute perfect anyway? That's entirely subjective.
Breath of the Wild is a ten in my eyes as it took the open world genre in a new direction and combined it with a brilliant feeling of exploration, great mechanics with a wonderful art style, great audio and an interesting story.
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