As someone who doesn’t like Souls, why am I superpower hyping up the Elden Ring?

I think I’ve fallen for the hype.

I admit that this feeling came quite suddenly. Tell me the name of a boss of Souls and I might think it’s a character from The Lord of the Rings or some crappy sci-fi play like The Expanse. Elden Ring could also be the next Peppa Pig game I think. In fact, when the Elden Ring was announced, I probably bought that game for my son. More self-inflicted pain “git gud”? Not for me. I was outside.

My overwritten memory of Dark Souls is no different from the hot dog in the chip shop. I was battered. Ironically, it was a large armored boar that brought me in. Maybe if he’d known that most of the sausages I’ve eaten were made from horses or something, he’d have been a little less violent. Anyway, I haven’t eaten much meat these days, maybe we should reconnect.

Bloodborne, I have more time, largely because its setting is so dark and epic. I admit I’ve watched it played more than I’ve played it, but I can feel the frustration emanating from some of the battles. Note: repeatedly hitting a musical triangle is not the best way to bring calm to such a situation.

Dark Souls 2 and 3, I can’t really say if I’ve played. I suspect I did, for a short while, in the hope that I somehow changed my ways and became more intuitive with the style of gameplay the players demanded. Then, without a doubt, I went straight to Twitter to say things like: “Dark Souls 3… Bored Souls, like that. Amirite?” and get 5 million RT.


The PS5-exclusive title, Demon’s Souls, tempts me with its ridiculously beautiful visuals. But I seem to have picked the wrong layer to make it good (or something), and taking screenshots is too distracting I didn’t get far, before a dragon (Smaug?) got in my way and I gave up. Life is too short, and all of that.. is what I told myself, ignoring the amount of time I’ve spent guessing five-letter words over the past two months.

That brings me neatly to the Elden Ring. I seem to have been immune to the hype, since I don’t like the Souls game. The terms Soulslike immediately brought my attention to any game with that bumper sticker, so why am I getting closer and closer to pre-ordering the Elden Ring?

A bus shouldn’t have had such an impact on me. I see them all the time. I see ads plastered all over them… all the time. Not yet Elden Ring bus hit me differently. This game, practically a legend for many years, told in whispers and through blurry gif videos, is indeed real. Moreover, it will release very soon. What am I doing?

Previews like Alex’s here, of course, show that Elden Ring will become the greatest ring of all timeand he feels the same way when he plays it as when he plays Breath of the Wild, let’s add to the mix. But really, it’s the bus. It was a great promotional ending they had there, and made me feel like I needed to be a part of the Elden Ring experience at launch. I usually get FOMO when someone says they’re eating Twix or something, but I’ve understood that fits the Elden Ring.

In terms of actual exposure to the game, I see very little. But the open world nature appeals to me for a number of reasons. I feel like I’m safer in the Elden Ring than in the other Souls games, because I’ll have more places to run to.

But in the end, let’s not forget the horse. Elden Ring has a horse that can double jump. Drop the microphone.

Elden Ring launches on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC on February 25, 2022. As someone who doesn’t like Souls, why am I superpower hyping up the Elden Ring?

Fry Electronics Team

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