Elden Ring Reviews

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7 / 10
Aug 27, 2022

Elden Ring is an experience that will not be forgotten in a hurry. It's a tremendous, hulking, massive achievement but because it is tremendous, hulking and massive, it is one that comes with many caveats. The shelves in CeX and conversations with people who stopped playing at Stormveil castle can certainly attest to some of those caveats. Much like any FromSoftware title, it's not going to be for everybody, but paradoxically it is one of their hardest and one of their most accessible to date. It offers huge value in one package, and perhaps is a little too much value, only becoming clearer when nearing the endgame. Don't be mistaken by the criticism, though. This is a phenomenal achievement with a moment-to-moment that is incredibly engaging and immersive. No doubt it will be deserving of the end-of-year accolades it will inevitably receive. One pushes through Elden Ring as one pushes through life, with all the highs and the lows that it brings.

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10 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2022

The final question: does Elden Ring hold up after nearly half a year? Yes. Is it still the best game of 2022, after the barrage of titles we’ve seen from March to July? Absolutely. That initial buzz may have died out a bit, but I’d have to be insane not to call it one of the most impressive games I’ve played in years, and most importantly, FromSoftware’s greatest title of all time. It’s as special now as it was back when it dropped onto the world like a nuke.

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Jul 1, 2022

It’s been thirteen years since the gaming world first encountered Demon Souls. This hard-core RPG from Armored Core developer FromSoftware was the unknowing precursor to the whole “Soulsborne” genre. Even with its relentless assault on its player base’s sanity, those who experienced the initial PlayStation 3 release were instantly hooked. Not only was this due to its punishing yet rewarding difficulty, but also the vast amount of lore and deep RPG elements that hid underneath.

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May 25, 2022

Elden Ring is FromSoftware taming the monster they created, not by filing down its teeth and claws, but by giving players the weapons and armor to endure it. It’s the first of their games to not feel like a brick wall but a doorway, with allies in every direction all reaching out to help you tread carefully to the other side. The result is a paradigm shift, a seemingly once-in-a-generation recalibration of old ideas and taking them to the next level.

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Paul Tassi
Top Critic
10 / 10.0
May 12, 2022

Elden Ring is a gaming achievement the likes of which we rarely seen, and you will be remiss to not pick it up and see what the hype is about for yourself.

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9.5 / 10.0
May 1, 2022

Elden Ring is perhaps the best Fram Software Game to date. By offering a large and mysterious world, challenging combat - as always - and a story that you have to navigate through to turn its question marks into dots, Fram Software has managed to create one of the best games of the last few years. 2022 has already known as its best game of the year, and it is not very likely that a title will be able to compete with Fram Software's masterpiece in the award season.

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4.5 / 5.0
Apr 13, 2022

While clearly a continuation of the Dark Souls games, Elden Ring is a natural evolution of that style but delivered in a package that is bigger and more breathtaking than anything the company has done before.

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10 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2022

I think that there are many opportunities to feel something powerful in Elden Ring.

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10 / 10
Apr 12, 2022
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95%
Apr 10, 2022

Elden Ring handled the transition of the Soulsborne genre to the open-world with flying colors and even though it has some issues, it represents a monumental success for FromSoftware.

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Essential
Apr 3, 2022

Within my first thirty minutes of stepping into the George R.R. Martin-inspired world of Elden Ring, I opened up a booby-trapped treasure chest that flung me to—what I thought at the time was—the far corner of the map. I had no horse yet, nor a way to level up, and was surrounded by enemies that could kill me in one hit. Even so, I spent the next hour or so pushing onwards into this area I clearly wasn’t supposed to be in yet, in constant fear of a swift death at any moment. And I was loving every moment of it.

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6 / 10
Apr 1, 2022
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10 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2022

With all that said, 80 hours of gameplay has been the bare minimum to complete this massive escapade. I’ve still yet to complete an abundance of sidequests which I’m looking forward to. Knowingly taking my time through this task, will seemingly demand another hundred hours but I’m willing to give this game my undivided attention, as FromSoftware has carved out quite possibly their most ambitious project and have unequivocally sacrificed hundreds of their own in development.

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10 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2022

I can't praise Elden Ring enough. However, beyond the praise, you should know that Elden Ring is probably the best game I've had the chance to play, nothing less. Yes I know, we will have to take a step back in order to weigh the words well in the coming months, even the next few years. What we can say with certainty is that Elden Ring and FromSoftware have just set the bar very high for games of the genre. We talk about Elden Ring as we have talked about Super Mario 64, Metal Gear Solid or Half-Life through the years. This is the apotheosis of “Souls-like” and who knows, maybe an “Elden-like” genre has just emerged. The game is just that good.

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9.8 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2022

Elden Ring surprised us a lot thanks to the massive dose of content built with maniacal care and with a focus on exploration. The mistakes that could be made were many, but From Software has managed to deliver a complete game, enjoyable and extremely interesting from several points of view.

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9.5 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2022

Brilliant combination of open world and souls formula.

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Kotaku
Top Critic
Unscored
Mar 24, 2022

Like most great works, Elden Ring is magnificently flawed, equal parts beautiful and ostentatious. In this age of cookie-cutter, paint-by-numbers, triple-A development, what more can you ask for than something wholly confident in its bullshit? Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m only about one-third of the way through the game and would love to see at least one of its multiple endings sometime this year.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2022

There’s no question in my mind that Elden Ring is a great game, and an early leading contender for game of the year. The pertinent question may be "how great?", and that’s a little tougher to answer.

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10 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2022

Elden Ring is one the the best games ever released, raising quickly to our personal top of favorite games of all time. The game manages to evolve the Souls-style combat formula, while introducing an immaculate open world whose exploration is a first-minute to last-minute pleasure. Truly an experience accessible to new players, but without losing sight of the world famous "punishing game" label. Those who will invest their time and patience in learning its deep mechanics, find here an experience nothing short of perfection and that deserves all and any praise.

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10 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2022

Elden Ring, with its enchanting world full of secrets, explorations, elaborate and varied gameplay, is the most thought-provoking game and certainly the epitome of Fromsoftware's expertise.

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