The music in Elden Ring is excellent, and each boss fight track gives the battle its own vibe. Ambient sounds help to make the open world feel more alive, and what voice acting there is in the game is very high quality.
Elden Ring’s art direction is absolutely stunning, and the steep cliffs, golden trees, and misty lakes of the game’s open world are wonderful to behold. Unfortunately, some technical problems hold the game back, with particle effects like fire not loading into view until you’re extremely close to them.
Elden Ring takes the combat of Dark Souls and expands upon it in interesting and worthwhile ways. Stealth is a welcome addition, combat atop your steed Torrent feels epic, and the vast array of magic spells and weapon abilities mean there’s plenty of ways to take down your foes.
Elden Ring’s open world is a joy to explore, with something new to discover around every corner, and it offers a ton of verticality, as well as wide open areas. The more linear dungeons are really well made, but progression can be a little bit confusing at times. Loading times are far too long, as well.
The vast majority of the list will reward you for defeating the many bosses in the game, which is very welcome, but there’s not much variety. Additionally, you’ll need to beat the game at least three times, it seems, in order to get the three different endings needed to collect all of the achievements, which could easily prove frustrating.