A review roundup shows: Elden Ring could be the best game of the year, possibly even one of the best titles in video game history. The embargo has fallen, and the first games portals are publishing their tests for the Elden Ring in large numbers. From Software's open-world action role-playing game is doing pretty well so far. 

From February 25th, everyone can get involved and master some tough adventure challenges in the Elden Ring. With the lockdown falling, many tests are already suggesting that fans will actually enjoy the Elden Ring. Have fun. No: great fun.

Elden Ring: Lots of maxed tests

Many critics had already suspected in advance that Elden Ring would be good. Due to the proximity to the Dark Souls series, it was easy to assess how the action role-playing game with the connected open game world would feel in terms of gameplay and its challenges. In the meantime, it is becoming increasingly clear that the expectations were apparently set too low. Elden Ring is currently achieving dream ratings worldwide. Various portals and media, including VGC, Game Rant and The Guardian, each gave their top rating to the From Software game, which is distributed by Bandai Namco.

Despite the young year, Elden Ring could already secure the top spot in 2022 and go down in history as the best video game of the year. Maybe even more is possible: In the all-time best list on Metacritic, the action role-playing game ranked 15th at the start, ahead of classics like Metroid Prime, Perfect Dark or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. So far, all signs point to success, the Metascore, i.e. the average rating from the reviews published to date, is 97 for the Playstation 5 version.

However, becoming the best-rated video game of all time on Metacritic will also be difficult for Elden Ring: The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time is the best part of the Zelda series from 1998 (N64) with an almost perfect average rating of 99 the top spot, followed by Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3/Xbox 360) and SoulCalibur. However, it should also be noted that Elden Ring has already been rated by 45 portals. For comparison: Ocarina of Time only had 22 reviews back then. From Software's open-world action role-playing game can easily keep up with the other top titles in terms of the number of grandiose ratings.

There are no user ratings yet, this is not possible before the official launch. From February 25 at the earliest, the players themselves will also enter their ratings on Metacritic, only then will it also become clear whether the praise from the gaming portals is confirmed. With such hyped triple-A productions, there is often a risk that players will criticize a title for even small errors. The critics' initial ratings for Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red were also great, but quite a few players were disappointed.

However, this is not to be expected with Elden Ring. The game will have to be measured against the Dark Souls series and apparently the developers were able to significantly increase the high quality of the at least ideal genre predecessors. For comparison, 360's Dark Souls II for Xbox 2014 had a Metacritic score of 91, while the rest of Dark Souls' ratings were somewhere in the region of 85. From Software and Bandai Namco can already be proud of each other beat.

Elden Ring is coming February 25th for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.

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