Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree is close to good – however this is what I might change | Gaming | Entertainment | EUROtoday

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After 50+ hours of exploring the Realm of Shadow, I’ve lastly bested the ultimate boss and (for now, a minimum of) completed Elden Ring’s chic Shadow of the Erdtree enlargement. While I used to be initially taken again by the seemingly excessive worth of the DLC (£34.99 within the UK), I can now confidently say that Shadow of the Erdtree is price each penny. The Elden Ring enlargement is an absolute masterpiece, that includes a number of the greatest boss fights in FromSoftware program historical past, to not point out an enormous and completely beautiful world to discover. When the DLC launched, there was quite a lot of speak in regards to the problem of the sport, however for me personally, this wasn’t a problem within the slightest. Is it robust? Yes, after all, however it is a FromSoftware program recreation, so what did you count on? Elden Ring provides gamers the instruments they should succeed, whether or not it is the power to respec your character, or name upon Spirit Ashes to help you in battle. If you are prepared to grind and totally discover the world, chances are high you will be sturdy sufficient to beat any problem, particularly in case you’re affected person and spend the time studying assault patterns and alternatives to punish. However, whereas I cherished each minute of my time within the Realm of Shadow, there are some things I feel FromSoftware program may have executed to enhance the expertise, which I’ll speak about beneath.

Warning – Minor Shadow of the Erdtree spoilers to observe.

1. Give me yet another Legacy Dungeon

This one is arguably extra about me being grasping reasonably than one thing you possibly can maintain towards FromSoftware program. There is, nevertheless, an outdated saying about leaving folks wanting extra, and I feel this is applicable to Shadow of the Erdtree (it additionally ties into my subsequent level).

Shadow of the Erdtree accommodates two main Legacy Dungeons, that are each bit as expansive and intricately designed as something present in previous FromSoftware program releases. Shadow Keep, particularly, is among the greatest “dungeons” they’ve ever created.

Sure, there are a couple of smaller dungeons, caves and gaols which you can discover, however I actually want there was only one extra main location within the DLC, full with all of the shortcuts, secrets and techniques and distinctive enemy encounters that we have come to count on from the masters of degree design.

Still, for lower than the value of a full triple-A blockbuster, I can not complain an excessive amount of in regards to the lack of sizeable dungeons, however there’s nonetheless part of me that may’t assist wanting extra.

2. Make higher use of Shadow of the Erdtree’s spectacular map

This ties into my earlier level, however for my part, is a a lot greater downside. From the dazzling Cerulean Coast to the ominous Abyssal Woods and spectacular Jagged Peaks, Shadow of the Erdtree’s surprisingly huge map is jam-packed with beautiful places to find.

However, in case you have been to easily observe the primary questline, your journey could be restricted to the northern a part of the map. This means you’d miss out on a number of the greatest places the DLC has to supply.

I’m all for hidden areas that fill in lore blanks and comprise new and helpful objects, however I feel there is a disproportionate variety of these elective areas in Shadow of the Erdtree.

Abyssal Woods, for instance, is the proper hidden space, and I might argue that the identical goes for Jagged Peaks. Abyssal Woods, particularly, has a singular gameplay gimmick, which culminates in a implausible minor dungeon with a superb boss battle. If by some small likelihood I missed this space throughout my first playthrough, I might have been straight again into the DLC to search out it and put issues proper.

Personally, I feel Cerculean Coast ought to have contained a legacy dungeon that was necessary for ending the primary questline. While I realise that there’s a nice location with some main lore implications that is straightforward to overlook, I feel FromSoftware program ought to have taken the search down south, maybe to search out an merchandise or NPC vital to complete the primary story.

Not solely would this have given gamers a larger incentive to discover this lovely space, however it might have made the search really feel that rather more epic.

3. Too many recycled property and enemy encounters

Admittedly, I’m form of torn about this one, though it’s a downside that carries over from the primary recreation.

Elden Ring options the very best open-world of any recreation, rivalled solely maybe by heavyweights reminiscent of Skyrim, The Witcher 3 and GTA 5. Crafting a singular and compelling world is not any straightforward feat, and I genuinely consider that FromSoftware program has executed nearly as good a job as anyone relating to designing a world that you just wish to get misplaced in.

Even so, there are fairly a couple of areas which might be copy and pasted, significantly mausoleums, caves and gaols. While it does form of make logical sense for these places to function related enemies and executives, it does additionally really feel a bit like filler.

Likewise, whenever you encounter a earlier boss a number of occasions within the wild (just like the Hippopotamus, for instance), it takes away and diminishes the affect of that preliminary boss encounter.

4. We need Bloodborne on PC, or higher but, Bloodborne 2

OK, this one has completely nothing to do with Elden Ring, however come on FromSoftware program and Sony, give the followers what they need!