For more than: Dark medieval fantasy, open world exploration
Notable differences: Customizable protagonist, significantly higher base difficulty, more mysterious story
Availablity: The Windows (Steam bridge OK), PS4PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X/S-Series
In its hardest difficulty, The Witcher 3 is no exception. But if Geralt’s high-fantasy adventure against fearsome foes inspires you for a bigger and tougher fantasy challenge, look no further than Ring of Elden. Set in an open world that offers a level of freedom, exploration, and choice that previous FromSoft games do not; you’ll explore dungeons, battle epic bosses, and roam a haunting world on your trusty spirit steed, Torrent.
Learn more: Ring of Elden: THE Kotaku Review
Ring of Eldenthe much higher difficulty level of is one of the most noticeable differences from The Witcher 3. As it’s set in an open world, however, you have a bit more freedom in determining where you want to spend your time grinding and against which enemies, choosing to wait for the biggest challenges once you (or your build ) are ready. It’s kind of like an invisible difficulty slider (shh, don’t let the purists know that).
There’s a lot more flexibility in how you can specify a character in Ring of Elden Also. Whether you prefer steel or spells, there’s plenty of fun figuring out where you want to take your build as you travel through The Lands Between.
A key difference is in how Ring of Elden tells his story. The Witcher 3 is certainly more traditional in the way it conveys the saga of the world and its characters, with cutscenes and moments of still dialogue. Ring of Elden is more cryptic, some might say austere, in the way it introduces you to its world, but if you like a good fantasy story, Ring of Elden sure is a world to remember.
Also as the witcher has its narrative roots in a wonderful body of written fiction, much like Ring of Elden draws its material directly from the work of one of the great contemporary fantasy authors. George RR Martin built the foundation of Ring of Eldenwhich director Hidetaka Miyazaki designed the game.
Ring of EldenThe open world of and the choice of where you want to go certainly makes it more resonant for The Witcher 3 that, say, any of the souls Games. But you might want to consider them if you’re a bit exhausted by a vast open world.