On February 25th, we were graced with a new game that has completely stomped the market with its brilliance and quality. Elden Ring can be considered the magnum opus of FromSoftware simply because of its fantastic design, scale, and difficulty which is a defining characteristic of this company. This is a game where you play as a Tarnished warrior who is drawn to grace, the life force of the world.

Your quest is to become the Elden Lord but to do that you need to traverse the land and gain experience killing enemies and bosses alike. If you’re a fan of the series and are accustomed to the gameplay already, you have no worries. However, new players to the genre might find themselves wondering if they should play other FromSoftware games before tackling Elden Ring, most notably Dark Souls. We’re here to provide you with the answers.

Should I Play Dark Souls Before Elden Ring?

The short answer is no. The game teaches you the basics of how to play very early on, so you have the controls down at the beginning. From there, you basically have to adapt to everything thrown at you so you can get used to the gameplay dynamic. Playing previous FromSoftware games can help with this if you want to have some prior knowledge of the gameplay in general. If you want to get acclimated to the unforgiving gameplay, play Dark Souls 3.

Should I Play Dark Souls?

Dark Souls is one of those game series that comes and goes but leaves a lasting impression on the Internet and gaming in general. The games are brutal, unforgiving, and very difficult. However, while they are difficult, they are not impossible. The joy of playing these games comes from learning the mechanics and dealing with obstacles in your own way, eventually leading to victory.

The feeling you get when you finally understand the boss’ moveset and defeat it is incredible, especially for new players. The story of Dark Souls is quite grim, telling stories of ages and civilizations that have fallen to ruin, with only the ashes remaining. Each of the three games tells us a different story, but there is one key aspect linking all of the games together — the player.

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You are the main character, the underdog that has to deal with all of the monstrous challenges set for you. If you’re a fan of dark fantasy RPGs and want a real challenge, the best thing you can do is to play any of the Soulsborne games and you won’t be disappointed.

Should I Play Elden Ring?

As we mentioned previously, Elden Ring is the magnum opus of FromSoftware and it has proven to be a titan when it comes to RPGs, effectively redefining the genre. The developers have taken all of the best aspects of previous games and added them to this one so the user experience is one of a kind. Something that is still present is the high difficulty level, which is what new players usually complain about when they just start playing.

When it comes to the story, it is an epic tale co-written by George R.R. Martin and the director, Hidetaka Miyazaki. The scope of the game is so grand that its story includes gods and demigods, all quarreling over the power over death and immortality, to the point of actually starting a war that tears reality asunder. There is a tremendous amount of content in this game to discover, and it is a real adventure, trying to piece every bit of information together to create a cohesive story.

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However, just because the difficulty is high does not mean that the game is unplayable. Adapting to your situations and finding new ways to defeat bosses is what makes games like this appealing. Since the game is targeted to a much wider audience than just Souls veterans, there are many aspects of the game that allow it to be less difficult, like new mechanics and builds that new players can use to have a more forgiving first experience.

Of course, the game is not perfect as there are some problems that plague it like performance issues on PC. Also, the NPC questlines can be a bit confusing, prompting you to get a notepad and write down all of your dialogue with them so you can see it through. Other than that, this game is more than worth it if you want to have a fresh experience in the RPG genre.

How Are They Connected?

Quite simply, the only thing connecting the Dark Souls series and Elden Ring is the fundamental gameplay mechanics, other than that, they are completely different stories that do not correlate with one another.

Wrapping Up

We sincerely hope that you have found the answers you were looking for, soon-to-be Tarnished! On a serious note though, you should really get into these games if they exude any sort of appeal since they are in a league of their own and deserve a play through. or ten. While it is not mandatory to play the games released before Elden Ring, it could be a wise decision if you want a more complete experience.

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