Elden Ring: First Tests & Ratings are Stunning - That's How Good the RPG Really is

Published: Feb. 24, 2022
Updated: Feb. 24, 2022

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Finally, the time has come: Elden Ring will soon be released, tomorrow, on February 25, 2022. From-Software fans can already find out whether the wait was worth it in various reviews from relevant magazines. We've taken a look at the current reviews and revealed what the testers agree on.

When can I finally get started with Elden Ring? The preload for From Software's role-playing game is already live. You can already download the game on all platforms. The download size varies between 30 and 50 gigabytes. The launch will take place punctually at 0:00 a.m. German time on February 25, 2022.

How good is Elden Ring really? This is what reviewers around the world say

If you get an initial overview of the general mood in the reviews for Elden Ring, you'll quickly notice: Rarely have testers been so unanimous that a game is an absolute masterpiece, as in the case of From Software's latest RPG.

On OpenCritic, Elden Ring has a rating average of 97 out of 100 points with 89 reviews from all over the world. This puts the game in second place among the best-rated games on the platform, which it shares with titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Red Dead Redemption 2. The tenor of the reviews: Elden Ring is From Software's best game so far - and convinces not only with its open game world but also with the excellent gameplay. Only technical weaknesses and minor bugs tarnish the otherwise overwhelmingly positive overall picture.


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Gamestar: "The second highest rating in GameStar history".

Gamestar awards 91 out of 100 points and writes (via gamestar.de):

"Elden Ring's world is full of surprises and tough battles with new, creative possibilities that make every decision significant."

PC Games: "A monumental action role-playing game in an open world that is second to none."

PC Games gives 10 out of 10 points and writes (via pcgames.de):

"It takes some time to get used to the new structure, even as a series veteran. But in return, the now quite routine Souls formula feels almost as fresh, exciting and mysterious as it did the first time around. And it would be a gross understatement to say that Elden Ring is full of secrets. [...] Nevertheless, you'll still need good nerves, a certain level of responsiveness, and, even more than before, time and patience. But if you bring all that, you'll find Elden Ring one of the best RPG and open-world experiences in a long time."

IGN.com: "Elden Ring pushes the genre forward"

IGN gives 10 out of 10 points and writes (via IGN.com):

"It's no exaggeration to say that Elden Ring is From Software's biggest and most ambitious project ever, and those ambitions have more than paid off. Even after 87 hours of blood, sweat and tears, there are still bosses I've left out, secrets I've yet to discover, side quests I've missed, tons of weapons, spells and abilities I've never used. [...] All the while, the huge variance in enemies and brutal but defeatable bosses took combat to a new level [...]. Like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Elden Ring will be a game we look back on as one that advanced the genre."

Eurogamer: "Bombastic, mysterious, but more inviting".

Eurogamer awards the Eurogamer Essentials Award and writes (via eurogamer.net):

"[Despite minor flaws] Elden Ring remains a great game, one that diehard fans will love for a long time, and one that could equally welcome new fans to the FromSoft fold. The gorgeous visual design, the dark and detailed lore, and a desolate but tangled open game world are reason enough to head to the interlands. Add to that FromSoftware's relentless and unforgettable gameplay loop, and this game becomes something very special."

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Who is Elden Ring worth it for?

The editors of PC Gamer call Elden Ring junk food for From Software fans - and that pretty much sums it up. It delivers exactly what typical Souls games do and stays true to the From Software formula. At the same time, it scores with more accessibility than the Souls series.

In particular, the gameplay and the variety of the open game world, which invites you to explore at every turn, appealed to the testers. If you feel exactly attracted by this and don't shy away from the still challenging gameplay experience, you'll get one of the best games in years.

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