Mango author Max craft was allowed to let off steam for a few hours in Elder Ring. The trip became the emotional roller coaster ride from enthusiasm, motivation, fear, frustration and pride. Here you get a first insight into the game.

Somewhere between Dubai and how horny is that? — That s how my first reaction fell out, as it was said that I should go a few steps in Elder Ring to write a small report.

This conflict is quite simple:

On the one hand, I love fantasy settings and open worlds. I have games like Skyrim, Witcher or Breath of the Wild. Besides, George R.R. Martin involved at Elder Ring, which is not the worst announcement, And The gameplay video shown briefly before the test has realized me. In this respect: How horny is that?. But…
… what souls-moderate games are concerned — I was careful. My previous experiences looked like this: Dark Souls I bought myself for the Xbox 360 before eternal years. I still remember how I mastered the beginning of the game, but then born somewhere, just to be disassembled again and again of skeletons. Then I lost the orientation and pushed so much frustration that I gave up.
Similarly, it ran with Blood borne, to whom I like a lot of enthusiasm of other players, but just did not have access.
At Senior I found Grandiose from Setting, or the Demons Souls-Remaster as an exciting title to the PS5 start — I did not trust myself anymore. The only game that some would describe some with much benevolence as souls-like that I ve ever packed was Jedi: Fall Order.

So you can imagine: I went with properly respect for Elder Ring Ran. Nevertheless, I was damn curious what would expect me.

Getting started and first successes

The journey starts: The test starts with the selection of own class. The options were:

Enchanted knight
Bloody wolf

Also, if the Bloody Wolf ate me purely from the design, I decided for the enchanted knight. He seemed to deliver the perfect combo from magic and melee — so perfect for a fantasy trip.

Equipped with a spear, a wand and a shield, I set off. Starting point: It s all this other than lousy and friendly grave of a border people.

The dark cave acts oppressive and unruly, but at least is not chopped directly from enemies. And: you are not all alone. Because on the ground are always jalousies of other players who provide information on it when something interesting could be hidden somewhere. In addition, their spirits sometimes run through the area and serve as an orientation point. In addition, you can see in the form of red blood spur guests, where they have blessed the temporal — also helpful if you want to handle.

Thanks to this assistance, one feels equal only left. In addition, the entry into the Cave of Knowledge is facilitated, which we can achieve right at the beginning by a brief jump into a deep hole. This does not lead to the fall damage beyond, but in a real tutorial.

The cave pretty much everything you need on basics: From the boundless enemy, which you are secretly done (yes, Stealth is an option in Elder Ring) to a few simple soldiers that you can defeat wonderfully in melee. I am literally learned how I make opponents with magic to the devil, as well as the jump attack and the block counter-mechanics.

Finally, you even meet Soldier God ricks — and to my personally horror has a lifeline that extends over the entire lower screen. Now the time has come, I think: the infamous Dark Souls death trap grabs. But no: a few counterattacks and the colleague bites into the grass.

That came unexpected, but also boosted self-confidence. Ha, I thought, if I even turned this boss without problems, then the rest will hardly cause any bigger problems.

At that time, I could hardly be more motivated. But I could not have been wrong.


After the tutorial I land again at the beginning of the tomb, but which is quite fast. Friendly teammates such as no death ahead let the first fears dwindle, and it does not take long until my enchanted knight kicks the light of improve for the first time.

And yes: The first look at the open game world with this huge energy tree in the background — which is already majestic Find obviously the players: Nice view ahead, or Ah, Elder Ring write there on some. The ground. The gameplay video from a few days ago is because a good impression:

I reach the first place of grace in which I charge me again and which serves as a reset point if I should actually even die. Because I first waste no thought, running everything. Even the NPC, which points out to me cheerful words that I would die here somewhere alone and forgotten, does not spoil the good mood for now.

So I wander off, and in fact a feeling like Zelda comes: Breath of the game to grow into. Since nasty looking but fascinating creatures wander about the ways eagle rising from a rock into the air and over again one finds small pockets of enemies that can be challenging. Man looks into the distance, sees a mountaintop and thinks: I should hinwandern absolutely times when time is.

But time is not for now. We want to see how hard the game is.

The first real fights — and the first death

I arrived at a knight over, I send to the afterlife with the newly learned stealth capabilities, or fighting aviation, but which turn out to be a bit crisper, feasible. All this is a total unexpected loosely from his hand.

A Magical First Playthrough of ELDEN RING
Then I get to a first outpost. Encouraged by my previous experience, I go head-to to the police station and attacker with my spear. But: The colleague defends itself.

After a brief skirmish, which pushed me in between the missile and cost me my life potions, the knight is defeated. Just stupid that the camp has noticed obvious that someone has knocked unfriendly. And against the next three fighters who oppose me, I have no chance.

I experience my first Elder Ring death. The first of many.

Again and again I try at the camp. Two more frontal attacks fail, so I change the tactics. How slow I eliminate in Assassin s Creed me through the tents and fences to enemies in secret. However, on an open road midst of the camp is around the Dermot, which can not simply assassinate. He survived my attack and then dodges even my spells. I had not seen, I did not expect. Again, I departed this life.

I ll spare you further detail. After several attempts, I thought: Oh, outposts. We run times continue, we want to also see what of the rest of the beginning.

But turns out: The camp was a good taste of what should follow.

My encounter with Margin — Between ambition, frustration and pride

The further I was progressing, the more the death pile. I get a mount that carried me noticeably faster through the open world than my simple boots. With him, I get a rock on which I highly jump simple — to top then a series of giant found. The result looks the way of like when you attacked in Skyrim giant. So, back to the place of grace.

To advance in the story, am I a kind of mountain path to climb up. The will, however, guarded by archers and another giant. Turns out: Again, I do not see how I can get at the whole in combat.

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Fortunately, I can cruise around on my mount and easy rocket past at all. I race up and let the enemies simply on the side stand. And when I look at the amount of opponents, I suppose that that was even thought so by the developers.

But on the next challenge, there is no blow-Dash or crawl. Because after I entered the fortress at the end of the path, I come across a stone bridge first, right boss of the game. And I tell you, Margin, the cruel times has absolutely nothing to do with the ridiculous soldiers God ricks from the cave of knowledge.

Margin does not wait until you attack. Margin takes his huge rod, jumping in the air and hits you in the damn helmet clumping. Margin can not just meet, but rolled to the side or turns elegantly out of the way. And if you think you have Margins Movement out, then astray summons a monstrous thunder hammer or conjures up a sword in the other hand, which then makes with your head acquaintance.

Margin also has a livestock, the bemerksenwesen a lot, in contrast to mine, which was usually empty after three hits. In order to come in between a healing potion, you have to get a little time and place space, so you will not be done when drinking. Especially if you press how I press the wrong buttons in all the hustle and bustle. Honestly, that rarely worked.

I died. Often. And every time the death ended with Margins saying: Burn this foolish ambitions.

But my ambition was packed. Git God and so.

I always stepped through the fog to challenge Margin. And again and again the guy broke me. Incidentally, the loading times of the PS5 are praised here. If the distances between the struggles had loaded longer, the controller would have landed in the corner with certainty.

From time to time, I thought I was finally out — just to crop again. So similar to Dr. Strange in the fight against Dormant felt if you know the movie. Unfortunately, Margin did not start to bore.

And so from Git God honestly Git Help.

Rescue by support

In Elder Ring there are several multiplayer possibilities. One can penetrate into the worlds of other players to add them. Or you support each other in the fight. That was what I needed.

So I called me help, and I got answers to my joy. Again and again players came to my world to join me in the fight against Margin. But also in two the boss seemed invincible — until he suddenly was no longer.

I caught a teammate who apparently knew what he did. He consistently attacked Margin, without racing in his death — and I witch with my magic sticks, which kept the stuff. And when the life bark continued to fall, I realized: this time it will be something.

It was actually something.

Margin was defeated and I could hardly believe it. I was actually allowed to progress! I was really damn proud — with a small beauty spot. Because somehow, I thought, felt a bit like cheating. Isn t it exactly this challenge that makes Souls-Like Games?

However, I do not really know if, and if yes, when, I had packed this beast alone.

Does this weigh too much?

After the big Margin duel, it continues in the castle, where you meet numerous other, smaller enemies. They are easier again, but can still be quite beautiful when you get careless. That s how it should be: not unfair, but a challenge.

The notes on the floor of the players save one but always before falling, if you want that. A cropping bid that broke with his scythe by a few thoroughly potted barrels to share me in two halves, I had come to see thanks to a warning. On the other hand, I did not expect a stupid knight that shot on explosives with fire rows.

What I want to say: Who plays carefully and attentively, comes well here. Whoever becomes careless, lands quickly at the last memory point. And that can be partly quite far away.

For me personally, the journey ended on a strong opponent, to which there was a warning that you had to defeat. He then sent me back to the last place of grace that I let it good first.

But: I will definitely come back as soon as Elder Ring appears next year.