Best Game of 2022 and Top Rated “Souls” Title

Ring Elden, the new open world RPG created by FromSoftware with a little help from George RR Martin, is now the highest rated game of 2022.

The review embargo was lifted this morning and reviewers are almost universally enthusiastic about PS5 (97% score on Metacritic based on 44 reviews), Xbox Series X (95% based on 8 reviews) and CP (95% based on 35 reviews).

It makes the action-RPG dark the highest rated video game of 2022and the 15th highest rated game of all time (although it’s tied with many other games at 97, and the only higher scores are four games with a score of 98 and one with a 99—The ocarina of time). It’s also FromSoftware’s highest-rated title, topping transmitted by blood and Demon’s Souls (PS5) who both achieved overall scores of 92% and sekiro at 90%. None of dark souls games exceeded 90%.

Before I get to what the reviews are saying, I’ll give you a quick rundown of my own impressions. My review isn’t ready yet and won’t be until I’ve had time to test the multiplayer features when the servers go live for everyone, so look for it this weekend after the game launches February 25.

Believe me: you don’t even have to read the reviews, including mine. This game is worth your time and money and sweat and tears if you like dark souls or action RPGs or the wider fantasy genre.

Brief impressions

Ring of Elden is FromSoftware’s vision The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo opened up the Zelda games and created a unique open-world experience and FromSoftware has done exactly that here – right down to cooking, crafting and riding – although I think From does it better.

The world is vast and mysterious. Open-world areas are dotted with mini-dungeons, fortresses, and cathedrals that walk around on legs ringing mysterious bells. These open areas are surrounded by huge dungeons. The first you’ll encounter is Stormveil Castle, and it’s easily one of the best-designed levels in any FromSoftware game, with branching paths, shortcuts, platforms, and a myriad of deadly enemies.

The game is not easy. There are tools at your disposal to make it more manageable, but anyone worried that Ring of Elden was going to be easy should rest comfortable. It’s a brutally difficult game, though summoning and co-op should take the edge off the more intense combat.

There are countless ways to create your character to suit your preferred playstyle. contrary to Sekiro, which was a straight action game, it’s more along the lines of dark souls, with magic and healing, ranged and melee builds, and countless gear and item combinations.

The game never holds your hand. Any side quests you find will simply be mentioned in snippets of dialogue or item notes. There are no quest markers, nothing to guide you (except the orientation of grace which indicates a site of grace to rest). This is not a game for anyone who wants an open world dotted with Ubisoft-style markers (if only CDPR had done the same with The Witcher 3!)

It’s one of the best games I’ve ever played and it’s become one of my favorite FromSoftware games, blending and building on this studio’s many strengths, creating an experience that’s both familiar and entirely new. Don’t make me pick a favorite, I love them all.

One thing to note: I’m on PC and usually play games on my wonderful Asus Predator ultrawide monitor. Elden Ring’s The PC port is so simple that it doesn’t include support for ultra-wide monitors. I’m willing to bet some friendly neighborhood modder will make this possible in hours of release, but I can’t help but wiggle my finger a little. It’s 2022. Hire a modder to at least get in and check the port before release!

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What the critics say

Other reviewers seem to agree with me.

Polygon’s Michael McWhertor writes:

“FromSoftware has done more than just remix its previous games and layer open world influence with Ring of Elden. The studio’s conversation with the player is going in fascinating new directions, and there are some big surprises here for long-time fans of Souls games; From clearly knows what we expect from his castles, boss encounters, random ambushes out of nowhere, and he plays to those expectations. Sometimes that means I die unexpectedly. And sometimes it makes me smile. »

Calls from Eurogamer’s Aoife Wilson Ring of Elden a “glorious game” and “a game that established fans will savor for some time to come, and one that just might welcome new fans into FromSoft’s fold. Gorgeous visual design, dark and detailed lore, and an expansive open world but complex are reason enough to venture into the Middle Lands.Add to that FromSoftware’s unforgiving and unforgiving gameplay loop and it’s something truly special.

my companion souls fanatic Daniel Tack (who has helped me in the past with some of these games) springs from his experience with the PC version:

“Every once in a while a game comes along that seamlessly combines flawless gameplay, a wonderful world, incredible music, and unparalleled art direction. That game is From Software’s Elden Ring, an action RPG that channels the best aspects of the studio’s last decade of work into a massive package. This absurdly ambitious open world captivated my curiosity, enticed me with puzzles, secrets, and mysteries, and served up some incredibly satisfying moments as I lived one of the most extraordinary adventures of all time. From my first foray into the world to the final moments, every step of the journey is a note in a personalized epic that has kept me coming back for more. This trek through a fantasy dark and twisted is an endless exploration, continually delivering sensational vistas that only become more thrilling and fantastical as the journey progresses.

I must say that I pretty much agree with everything Tack has just written. Really, souls fans should praise the sun and prepare for joyful cooperation because Ring of Elden is everything you hoped for.

I scoured the internet for a more critical review and found it with ZTGD’s Jae Lee, who rightfully and rightly complains about the lackluster PC port of the game:

“Step away from the game itself, my biggest issue with this release is actually the rudimentary port of the PC version. Not only does it not offer any advanced PC options like Ultrawide resolution, DLSS support and FSR but it didn’t even have basic settings like frame rate caps and vertical sync which seems to be on by default not allowing me to use Adaptive Sync and when I tried to using my desktop graphics settings, it was not working properly in full screen mode.

“There is also the inclusion of the anti-cheat client which was enabled whether I was playing online or offline, which prevented me from using simple hex changes to enable certain options like ultrawide.

“However, the worst offender was the performance issues where there were frequent stutters in the game where everything froze momentarily and it could happen anytime from a heated boss fight where one hit could mean death for me just sitting in the corner going through my inventory. I went through extensive troubleshooting with my actual professional skills and know-how and nothing came of it. I also recorded four hard crashes during my game.

Technical bugs/crashes are something I haven’t really experienced.

I’m playing on a brand new Falcon Northwest Tiki Gaming Computer running Windows 11 equipped with an Intel i7-12700K (3.61 Ghz) processor, Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti GPU, 32 GB of RAM and a Seagate FireCuda 520 M.2 NVMe SSD. Suffice it to say, this PC is a glorious beast of a machine that can game just about anything at astonishing frame rates despite its small size.

So far, in terms of performance, Ring of Elden has been fine. It’s those other technical shortcomings that are frustrating.

Still, frustrating (and unexpected) PC porting issues aside, Ring of Elden is a thoroughly challenging, unwaveringly engaging, and incredibly well-crafted game set in a truly unique fantasy open world full of locations to explore, treasures to dig up, and enemies to defeat. It’s damn awesome. I can’t wait for you to play it!

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