About halfway through last week, I came to a realisation about my break. I was looking forward to dedicating some time to Elden Ring (among other games), but I have been playing on PC. By itself, this isn’t a bad thing, but I want to spend time away from my PC on my break.
So I restarted Elden Ring, but this time on PS5. I started with a Ronin class this time, as I was flipping between Ronin and Bandit when I first started playing. I was expecting pain as I was starting fresh, but to quickly make progress as I had started learning the ropes.
What I didn’t expect was to dominate compared to my first run through. I don’t know if it’s the DualSense controller, the Ronin starting class, or being more relaxed as I play. But I have managed to get further than I have on PC, and I have explored more in different areas. I think I was supposed to explore a lot of these areas the first time, as I have found a few things that have helped. This includes an ‘old friend’.
Patches is a From Software staple, and I had heard he was in Elden Ring. That cave also introduced me to a new mechanic – tripwire alarms. That was unexpected. As was Patches coming out as a boss. The fight wasn’t as epic as I expected, but now Patches is another merchant for me.
I have a feeling I found Patches the ‘wrong’ way though. I say this more because I went from the end of the river towards the lake, rather than the other way around. I found my first bloody finger invader and managed to find another cave that made my heart stop.
During the descent, I used all my health flasks, but I couldn’t find a way back up because I dropped in the dark. Then I came across the boss’s room. Not what I wanted with no health and over 6000 runes waiting to level up.
But I managed to beat it the first time! I lucked out, it was a giant with red weak points – the ankles! The fight ended up being like the huge archer fight, so I wasn’t too surprised by the mechanics. This was super helpful. Sometimes Elden Ring throws you a softball.
Emboldened, I then set out to take on Margit. I had my lone wolves, and Sorcerer Rogier was on hand to help. I had a couple of new weapons to play with as well. A couple of tries, and I thought I could get the fight sorted.
I managed to surprise myself. After the belting I got on PC, I managed to end Margit on PS5 first go! I think I am getting the hang of Elden Ring!
Some will say that using the summons is doing the fight in easy mode. I say I am using the tools the developer gave me. The important part of any game is enjoying it your way. If your way of enjoying Elden Ring is finishing the entire game without levelling up with only a club. The skill of such players is amazing. I am learning, so I am using all the tools Elden Ring gives me!
Pushing on, I have started exploring Stormviel Castle. And met my death quite a few times. I knew I was getting too tired when I tried to jump on a ledge, and completely missed and plunged to my death. Twice.
So during the week, I may switch up to days of LEGO Star Wars (because reflecting sun and dark games don’t mix), with Elden Ring at night. One thing is for sure – I am enjoying it so far, and I can’t wait to see how far in I can go.