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Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 7 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Elden Ring is a role-play game set in a fictional world created by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, with a focus on combat similar to Demon's Souls and an open world with real time and weather like Zelda Breath of the Wild.

The game is set In The Lands Between, ruled by Queen Marika. The Elden Ring, the source of the Erdtree and natural order of life, has been shattered. Marika's offspring have claimed its six shards. The shift of power has triggered a war, but an endless war where no one dies. For years this has raged on, destroying the planet and any sense of humanity. Your task is to hunt down these demigods, reclaim the shards and restore order to the world.

You pick a character class and venture out into the now harsh open world. Exploring on foot or on horseback you discover dungeon-like ruins, catacombs, castles and fortresses. The stylised environments and impressive beasts you take on give the game a similar feel to Shadow of the Colossus.

The world is split into six areas, each of which has a large demigod to defeat. You need to be ready to take on each one through developing your skills and equipment, but you can choose in which order you fight them. You can upgrade abilities as you progress through the world either purchased from stores or acquired from characters you meet.

The world is full of characters to meet each with their own motivations for helping or hindering your progress. How you deal with these inhabitants, and how you dispatch the demigods will affect the fate of the cursed land and unravel its secrets.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Elden Ring (@EldenRing)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 90 hours to complete. As a difficult open world game the time to see everything can be substantially longer and varies greatly for different players.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. Online play is not cross-platform, but you can play PlayStation 4 with PlayStation 5 or Xbox One with Xbox Series X|S. In online play, you can see other players in the same location and bloodstains here they have died. You can leave messages for other players. You also see their white-outlined ghosts asynchronously along with red-outlined ghosts to depict their death.
  • In co-operative play you can summon other players into your game creating teams of up to four. You can password protect your game so that only people you know can appear.
  • In competitive play you enter another players game if they accept your challenge and then fight to the death.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has received a PEGI 16 because it features strong violence. This game features realistic violence, involving human and fantasy characters. Characters can be knocked backwards and stunned by attacks, with large blood effects being used. When defeated, characters fall to the ground where their bodies remain. There is a scene in which a monster with multiple arms severs one of this arms with an axe.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although this is more approachable than other From Software "Souls" games, it still requires resilience, patience and the willingness to lose some progress when you die.

Account Rating

Account required for online play that has 20 years old as minimum age. Players under 20-years-old must obtain the consent of their parents or other persons who have parental authority.
 
You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
 

CostsCosts

Elden Ring usually costs £49.99.
 

Elden Ring

Steam Store PC £49.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Elden Ring Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:
There are no difficulty settings in Elden Ring. However there are some aspects that are useful to aid progress:
  • Along with healing at Sites of Grace bonfires you can use Flasks of Crimson Tears to restore some health (without re-spawning enemies like bonfires) up to four times, and increase this number by collecting Golden Seeds.
  • You can recharge Crimson Tears charges by killing groups of enemies and can also choose to balance between attacking and health flask capacity at Sites of Grace.
  • You can collect a map by finding fragments. The map can be used to aid navigation by placing markers. An update lets you add an icon and name of characters you meet to the map.
  • You can fast travel to places once you have activated the related Sites of Grace bonfire. This lets you save before boss encounters rather than having to trawl through stacked challenges before getting back to them after dying. You can also choose to re-spawn at Stakes of Marika (helpfully placed near sites with lots of enemies) to reduce the distance you are from where you died and make recovering equipment easier.
  • You can pause Elden Ring on console by pressing the PlayStation or Xbox button (if the console powers down while in this mode you will lose progress). You can also open Menu Explanation on the Inventory screen and the game pauses.

You are signposted to the game's critical path (shortest route through the game) with golden streaks from Sites of Grace and on the map. This will lead you to the early Sites of Grace and introduce key elements. You are not tied to this though, and can choose the order to take on each challenge, returning to harder elements when you are ready. Your horse enables you to out run enemies if you don't want to engage.

You can also place Markers and Beacons on the map. Markers are an icon you can choose. So if there’s an area with enemies you want to avoid, you could put a skull marker. If there’s an area you know has treasure, you put a diamond marker. Beacons are placeable waypoints that then appear on a compass on the screen.

Along with calling in other players to help, you can summon a computer controlled warrior spirits that you find and level up in the game. The timing to achieve a parry is more generous than previous Souls games because you execute them after attacks rather than as they happen.

You can toggle Auto Lock-on for new targets when the current one dies and Auto Target an enemy when they are nearby. You can adjust the level of controller vibration. When playing with mouse there are contextual pop-up menus that can speed navigation. You can also press the Help button in menus to read a detail explanation of weapons and stats.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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