Elden Ring

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that now, three days before the launch of Elden Ring, you already know if you’re going to like the game or not. If you find the Dark Souls games to be off-putting, maybe you’ll be swayed by Elden Ring‘s more open design and slightly more accessible gameplay. But even if you do manage to fall into this category, Elden Ring wasn’t really made for you.

I’m not saying that to be exclusionary — the more people who learn to appreciate the brilliance of FromSoftware, the better — but that these games don’t really pander to the broader gaming audience. That’s part of the appeal for the hardcore crowd (this is a much broader topic than just difficulty, but this is neither the time nor the place for opening that can of worms).

And Elden Ring appears to be a Souls game in all but name; the addition of a horse doesn’t really change that. You can still expect a gothic medieval fantasy world that’s filled with grime, gore, and misery — a world of twisted corridors and twisted characters — a world of oppressive darkness. And, with the brilliant George R.R. Martin helping out with the lore, you know this is going to be an evil, evil game. (If you’re interested in reading GRRM but you don’t want to slog through 5,000 pages of a medieval epic that might never be finished, I highly recommend “Sandkings,” which most people can read in an evening.)

This is a game for those of us who can never have enough Dark Souls in our lives.

Elden Ring

The final pre-release trailer for Elden Ring has been revealed, and while a lot of sites are focusing on that trailer specifically, I wanted to paint with a broader brush and revisit all of the trailers we’ve seen so far. There’s a lot to marvel at in these trailers, from beautifully demonic vistas to grisly bits of storytelling. In fact, these trailers are some of the most compelling video game trailers I’ve seen in a long time.

So here’s every Elden Ring trailer in chronological order. I hope this tides over my fellow Souls fans until the game’s February 25 launch date. Note that many of these trailers are age-gated, so you’ll have to be over 18 to watch them. Sorry, kids!

E3 2019 Trailer (June 9, 2019)

Summer Game Fest 2021 – Official Gameplay Trailer (June 10, 2021)

Closed Network Test Announcement (October 18, 2021)

Collector’s Edition Reveal (November 4, 2021)

Gameplay Preview (November 4, 2021)

Pre-Order Now Trailer (November 4, 2021)

The Game Awards 2021 Story Trailer (December 10, 2021)

Overview Trailer (February 19, 2022)

Japanese TV Spot 1 (February 19, 2022)

Japanese TV Spot 2 (February 19, 2022)

Rise, Tarnished – Official Launch Trailer (February 22, 2022)

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