The Dark Souls series made by From Software is famous for its high difficulty, with powerful bosses who can slay players over and over. The common mob is also pretty challenging as well, which can defeat event a high-level player if they are not careful. This difficulty makes the Souls series rather hard to get into.

Elden Ring, the latest entry of the Souls series, has fixed that issue with a number of new features. In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase the top 5 reasons why Elden Ring is the easiest Souls game to get into.

1. It is harder to get stuck

In earlier Souls games, it is pretty easy to get stuck on certain areas or bosses because of their high difficulty. For example, Dark Souls 1 has the Blighttown area which is a pitch dark sewer that is filled with dangerous ranged enemies that shot deadly poison at you. This is the first for a series of "swamp areas" that has been reappearing in all Dark Souls games to this day. Players can also get stuck on Ornstein & Smough, which is a 2 vs 1 boss unlike the usual 1 vs 1 battle.

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Players can just dodge hard enemies

Elden Ring, on the other hand, is an open-world game. Players can do whatever they want - if they run into a hard foe, it is possible to just disengage and explore in another direction.

2. Rewarding exploration

Similar to previous souls games or other RPGs in general, exploration in Elden Ring is very rewarding. Furthermore, the game gives you free reins to explore - there are no invisible walls or waist-high barriers. As long as players can dodge the various attacks and traps from enemies, they can go anywhere they want.

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Exploration can yield valuable items.

This is an excellent way to gather useful items such as the Golden Seeds, which increase the number of times players can heal. This makes hard fights more bearable.

3. No more "boss-rushing" runs

One of the worst design choices in previous dark souls games is the placement of save points (bonfires), as sometimes they are just too far from the bosses. Because of this, dying to a boss usually mean that you have to travel back to the boss area again... and deal with all the other enemies on the route. By the time you get back to the boss, you might have lost some of your healing potions.

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Save points in Elden Ring are closer.

In Elden Ring, most of the save sites and checkpoints are right before a boss encounter. You can try over and over again almost immediately without having to do the tedious "boss rushing".

4. Variety of builds

Unlike the other modern Souls spinoffs such as Sekiro or Bloodborne, Elden Ring allows you to use a huge variety of weapons, both melee and ranged. Players can choose to be a sorcerer, an archer, a tank-like knight, or anything in between. This makes the game easier as you can attack the enemy from afar or tank more hits.

In Bloodborne players are forced into aggressive builds that require fast reaction to pull off successfully.

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Magic builds in Elden Ring

5. Spirit summons

While players can summon friendly spirits to help them out in boss fights/normal exploration in Dark Souls, the system is fairly clunky. These spirits only appear at specific spots and disappear once the boss is defeated.

In Elden Ring, players can summon multiple AI-controlled warriors and creatures to assist them in hard challenges. They can also be leveled up.

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Summon Spirits in Elden Ring.

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