On Elden Ring's first 50 levels

John and Stace discuss their experiences of Elden Ring's first 50 levels and how the game presents itself in such a way as to offer challenge, spectacle and the opportunity to experiment in a way that feels both grand and intimate.

Discussion covers class builds, exploration, how information is presented to players, boss fights and the general difficulty curve.


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Music by Ben Prunty.