Critics have nothing but positive things to say about Elden Ring

It appears that FromSoftware scored yet another homerun in its first new game in years with Elden Ring.

Praise the sun, Elden Ring's embargo has finally been lifted. FromSoftware's latest title is just the studio's second non-Soulsborne IP in years, which is why it's easy to understand the excitement surrounding the game. Not only that, but Elden Ring also boasts an all-star cast led by Hidetaka Miyazaki along with George R.R. Martin, the famed novelist behind the now-iconic Game of Thrones. This combination of factors all but guarantees that Elden Ring will be met with sky-high expectations at launch. But, it appears that FromSoftware was more than up for it - Elden Ring isn't just a great game, critics are saying that it's easily one of the best of all time.

Three years after it was first announced, Elden Ring is a critical hit that further cements FromSoftware's legacy as a studio that churns out genre-defining games.

As GamesRadar puts it, Elden Ring is "both a refinement and evolution of the Dark Souls formula, presenting an expansive world that's as hostile as it is inviting," an apt description after giving the game a rare but well-deserved 5/5 rating. IGN echoed the same thoughts, describing Elden Ring as "FromSoftware’s largest and most ambitious game yet" and "a game that moved a genre forward." Polygon also drives the same point home, describing Elden Ring as the "natural next step for FromSoftware", detailing how the game "plucks the best from "Bloodborne, with its compact, puzzle-like mini-dungeons, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which offered new levels of mobility and faster action."

It also appears that Miyazaki wasn't lying in an earlier statement when he mentioned that Elden Ring will be far more accessible compared to the studio's previous games. According to NME, "Though Elden Ring's boss fights and dungeons may not be outright easier, there are more ways for players to tackle their challenges."

Elden Ring is an early contender for GOTY 2022.

If we're being honest, it's difficult to look for a review that tells of what FromSoftware did wrong with Elden Ring, which is a testament to the game's quality.

Here's a round-up of all the other notable critic reviews of Elden Ring ahead of its February 25 launch.

It's very rare for a game to exceed all the hype that preceded it, but that's exactly what Elden Ring has accomplished. It's as close to perfect as a game can get, or at least, that's what all the critics are saying. Of course, being that it is still by FromSoftware, the game likely isn't going to be a walk in the park. However, the game's "accessibility" is a promising feature that should make gamers who usually wouldn't be caught within a mile from a Soulsborne game give it a try.

Plus, the fact that Elden Ring is a true open-world game that eschews convention by actually being filled with stuff to see and do and not just your typical fetch quests should make it easier for most gamers to gravitate towards it.

TLDR; after all the delays, Elden Ring was well worth waiting for.

Given how FromSoftware does things, we shouldn't expect an Elden Ring sequel to come anytime soon if at all.
Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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