8 Non-Souls Games to Play Before Elden Ring

Horizon: Zero Dawn

  • Developer: Guerilla Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4

Where Zelda offers a set of simple tools that offer infinite possibility, Horizon Zero Dawn is more systematically complex with fewer total options. Elden Ring, bound as it is by at least a few Souls conventions, looks to be of a similar stripe.

Even if some of the restraints are off, I doubt you’ll be catapulting yourself with a downed tree in Elden Ring. Playing Horizon will help familiarize you with complicated systems and a few optimal ways to use them.

For instance, the interplay between different weapons and how you use them to approach difficult enemies is central to both Horizon and Souls. There's rarely a one-size-fits-all approach, even if there are better strategies and setups.

There's also the need for optimal movement based on your knowledge of the machine you're fighting and how to best use your limited inventory in a fight.

Published Jul. 6th 2021
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