Why you should skip Dark Souls and play Elden Ring instead

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Developer FromSoftware’s games may be set in separate worlds, but because of the DNA they share, fans group them together as the Soulsborne series. Elden Ring is the latest title to join that family, and like Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice before it, this monster-filled open-world RPG is a notoriously difficult game that even the most seasoned player will struggle to best. However, this reputation makes the Soulsborne games a divider: for some, it’s a badge of honor to complete them; for others, it’s a series to avoid. 

While the Soulsborne games are as demanding as veteran players claim, they’re also fair, and a game that punishes your mistakes isn’t the same as one that simply punishes you. Still, it can be deeply frustrating when someone on the internet tells you to “get good” without saying how. 

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