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Elden Ring (2022) is a role-play game set in a fictional world created by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, with a focus on combat similar to Demon's Souls and an open world with real time and weather like Zelda Breath of the Wild.

The game is set In The Lands Between, ruled by Queen Marika. The Elden Ring, the source of the Erdtree and natural order of life, has been shattered. Marika's offspring have claimed its six shards. The shift of power has triggered a war, but an endless war where no one dies. For years this has raged on, destroying the planet and any sense of humanity. Your task is to hunt down these demigods, reclaim the shards and restore order to the world.

You pick a character class and venture out into the now harsh open world. Exploring on foot or on horseback you discover dungeon-like ruins, catacombs, castles and fortresses. The stylised environments and impressive beasts you take on give the game a similar feel to Shadow of the Colossus.

The world is split into six areas, each of which has a large demigod to defeat. You need to be ready to take on each one through developing your skills and equipment, but you can choose in which order you fight them. You can upgrade abilities as you progress through the world either purchased from stores or acquired from characters you meet.

The world is full of characters to meet each with their own motivations for helping or hindering your progress. How you deal with these inhabitants, and how you dispatch the demigods will affect the fate of the cursed land and unravel its secrets.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Elden Ring 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Role-Play game with Action, Adventure, Collecting and Simulation elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. Online play is not cross-platform, but you can play PlayStation 4 with PlayStation 5 or Xbox One with Xbox Series X|S. In online play, you can see other players in the same location and bloodstains here they have died. You can leave messages for other players. You also see their white-outlined ghosts asynchronously along with red-outlined ghosts to depict their death.
  • In co-operative play you can summon other players into your game creating teams of up to four. You can password protect your game so that only people you know can appear.
  • In competitive play you enter another players game if they accept your challenge and then fight to the death.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 90 hours to complete. As a difficult open world game the time to see everything can be substantially longer and varies greatly for different players.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has received a PEGI 16 because it features strong violence. This game features realistic violence, involving human and fantasy characters. Characters can be knocked backwards and stunned by attacks, with large blood effects being used. When defeated, characters fall to the ground where their bodies remain. There is a scene in which a monster with multiple arms severs one of this arms with an axe.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although this is more approachable than other From Software "Souls" games because it is open world, it still requires resilience, patience and the willingness to lose some progress when you die.

Account Rating

Account required for online play that has 20 years old as minimum age. Players under 20-years-old must obtain the consent of their parents or other persons who have parental authority.
 
  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

CostsCosts

Elden Ring usually costs £32.99 to £64.99.
 

Elden Ring

XBox Store Xbox X|S £49.99
XBox Store Xbox One £49.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £32.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £32.99
Steam Store PC £49.99

Elden Ring Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £64.99
XBox Store Xbox One £64.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £42.89
PlayStation Store PS4 £42.89
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Fighting, Role-Play (Action, Adventure, Collecting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Developer: Elden Ring (@EldenRing)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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