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Eldest Souls

Fallen Flag Studio, United Label, CI Games
Jul 29, 2021 - Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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Critics Recommend

8 / 10
Game Informer
8.3 / 10
6 / 10
Tom's Guide
4 / 5
70 / 100
3.5 / 5
72 / 100
PlayStation Universe
6 / 10
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Eldest Souls - Gameplay Launch Trailer (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC)

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Critic Reviews for Eldest Souls

While it wears its obvious influences on its sleeve, Eldest Souls is an incredibly satisfying boss rush that still manages to set itself apart.

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Eldest Souls' punishing difficulty may turn off some, but this entertaining and rewarding combat system made me look forward to every titanic face-off

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As a game Eldest Souls does not hide the fact it is a tough game but it is trying to outshine in a genre that has had better examples, and better bosses over the years. Eldest Souls is by no means a bad game but it does rely on players having luck on their side a little bit too much, and that can make it a frustrating experience rather than a fun or engaging one.

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Eldest Souls is not a game for the faint of heart. It is a brutal boss rush challenge that will push you to your limit. But its "one more try" hook is seriously addicting.

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While the overall world-building and customization options leave a lot to be desired, Eldest Souls is still a worthy game for Souls' fanatics despite its blatant flaws.

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Eldest Souls is one of the most beautiful indie games out there but the hurdle to get into it is far too high. The skill points handed out to upgrade your character do little to help while there is no room to learn the mechanics. The notorious Souls difficulty is only amplified in the boss-rush genre, which makes this a near-impossible entry-level game. For anyone who enjoys Dark Souls’ most difficult segments emphatically because of the challenge, Eldest Souls has a lot to love. But that’s just it - Eldest Souls is one for the die-hard fans and no one else.

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For the Dark Souls fan who sees every From Software game as a validation of the “git gud” mentality, Eldest Souls will probably scratch a persistent itch. For everyone else, especially those who appreciate Souls-like games for their journeys and not their boss destinations, Eldest Souls may seem too focused on doing one thing, no matter how well it succeeds. Eldest Souls is designed around frustration and challenge, and if that’s your idea of a good time, then this game is for you.

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Eldest Souls wears its inspiration on its sleeve, though in the end that counts for very little. The boss fights are often unbalanced and tedious, which only contributes to a frustration that deters you from wanting to pick the controller back up.

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