Mixing gruesome graphics with fantasy, action, and horror elements, Elden Ring is one of the most anticipated games in the Dark Souls series. Expect this release to offer some incredibly challenging gameplay that will likely frustrate even the most experienced gamers. Elden Ring’s tagline of “prepare to die” has even led to rumors that the game is impossible to complete.
However, it would be a shame to let that reputation turn you off Elden Ring, which was co-developed with Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin. Here, we will dissect the top strategies of how to make it out alive in the world of Elden Ring.
Play through the Dark Souls series
It’s very helpful to play through previous FromSoftware games so that you are familiar with the developer’s brand of action RPG. In particular, the Dark Souls series — but also Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — share many game elements with Elden Ring. The Dark Souls legacy is a favorite for expert horror and fantasy gamers, but it’s often intimidating for those just starting out. By playing through previous titles, you can get a feel of what is to come with Elden Ring. There’s no consensus on which Dark Souls game is the easiest, but we recommend starting with either Dark Souls: Remastered or Dark Souls II.
Be aware that stats have changed with this new game; for instance, Vigor increases your HP while also increasing your resistance to poison and fire from your enemies. Strength is combined with Vitality into one stat unlike the separate skills of the first few games.
Don’t be distracted by your surroundings
Keep aware of your surroundings. Attacks can come from above and below as you traverse through your experience. It is easy to be distracted in an open-world game like Elden Ring, but in order to go further, you need to defeat your enemies. If you’re able to use the toggle feature, you can spot monsters from a distance. Try not to distract yourself from gameplay by looking around, as you can miss a potential target and lose your life in the game.
Constantly upgrade your weaponry
Upgrade your weapons periodically as you advance through the world of Elden Ring. While you’ll use your starter dagger to slay a beast at the start of the game, many stronger enemies will lurk around the corners in later levels when you’ll need more ammunition. Before you go off to fight a dragon or a major boss, try some different tactics such as switching your chosen blade to a stronger sword.
Be patient and conserve energy
Conserve your energy and endurance instead of rushing through the game. Utilize special gameplay including riding horseback to traverse the environment rather than walking. Your skills depend on your accuracy as well as your energy. Be sure to rest at special checkpoints such as bonfires, which we’ve seen in Dark Souls.
Embrace the learning process
Don’t get discouraged quickly while playing Elden Ring. Remember, this game’s title tells you to “prepare to die”, and this will likely happen to you a few times before you beat a level. Each playthrough will get easier as you become more familiar with the surroundings and vibe of the program.
Pick your battles, as some fight scenes do not require you to demolish every enemy before moving on to the next stage. This is a learning process that takes a few tries to succeed. It’s important in the gameplay to pause and save your progress before giving up.
Defeat the dark forces with Elden Ring
The exciting world of Elden Ring is expansive and interactive for those familiar with Dark Souls or newcomers who are ready to join the ranks of the popular series. George R. R. Martin and game designer/director Hidetaka Miyazaki have come together as a dream team to showcase stylish fantasy worlds and suspenseful action.