So I have just passed the 100-hour mark for Elden Ring. And I still have plenty more to go. I have beaten the Fire Giant, but I have been exploring the Lands Between for grinding and finding new toys. This has led to an interesting position when I am playing.
On one hand, I am exploring areas again that I completely forgot about. It’s not often you can walk around in Elden Ring and be completely overpowered. This has let me find a few ‘bosses’ that I am almost two hitting at the moment.
This has let me find a few new items and some spells and such that I can never use as I have put minimal points in magic use.
Elden Ring then lets me get lulled into a false sense of security. I started exploring the Mountaintop of the Giants and managed to walk into a new area. Initially, I thought that was cool. Something new to find!
Well, what I found was an area with one of the optional bosses. Without delving into spoilers, there are only a few ‘shardbearers’ in Elden Ring you need to fight. Everyone else you need to find first. I knew this in general, and I have fought one of these bosses already.
What I didn’t realise I was walking into was another of these bosses. The enemies in the area were tougher than what I had been fighting (took more than one hit), and then I found an elevator up. Cue the cutscene, followed by the infamous You Died screen.
Another trophy boss down and some new toys at least! This has been my Elden Ring experience for most of the last couple of weeks. I think I am getting right to the end of what I can find on my own though. Well, and still enjoy the game.
I ended up making a spreadsheet of the items needed for 4 trophies and marking off what I had found. I am surprisingly close on the majority of them. Why is this important? Because I am trying to work out if I should just finish Elden Ring, or if I want to do a trophy run.
The decision isn’t made yet, but it is where I am leaning. It will be interesting to see which way I go. That’s for next week’s entry though!