Unless you have been living under a rock, you've probably heard of Elden Ring. The new “Dark-Souls like” game has been receiving a lot of attention and anticipation circling its release. With the game set to launch on February 25, 2022, the pre-reviews from major publishers are pouring in. And let me tell you, they have set the bar pretty high. Elden Ring is already being called a once-in-a-lifetime game, and even being hailed as one of the best games of all time.
I know pre-interviews can be hard to trust, and for this reason, I am worried about the game meeting its high expectations. With over 100 reviews, Elden Ring is already the highest-rated game of all time on OpenCritic. They aren't the exception either, as it appears that way for every major publisher. Even games that had similar notions in the past, such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Mario Odyssey, didn't come close to the same amount of pre-launch appraisal we are seeing with Elden Ring.
Just take a look at this post from Elden Ring's Twitter earlier today.
With this guidance in mind, undertake a new journey with us, Tarnished.
— ELDEN RING (@ELDENRING) February 24, 2022
The mass amount of excitement is understandable when you see a notorious game director like Hidetaka Miyazaki pair with legendary fantasy novelists, George R. R. Martin. The two great fantasists have come together to co-create the atmosphere for the action RPG.
The downside is that with all these positive reviews it leaves a huge window to disappoint. I mean if the game doesn't meet these same expectations from the community, FromSoftware might have to barricade its doors.
I guess we will know more about the true standing of the game in the coming weeks, but for right now I'm expecting this game to literally knock my socks off.