Elden Ring - Shadow of the Erdtree, our review of the DLC

Published by Julie de Sortiraparis, Laurent de Sortiraparis · Published on June 24th, 2024 at 06:21 p.m.
More news from Elden Ring! FromSoftware unveiled a trailer for its flagship game's DLC during a YouTube live broadcast on February 21. Entitled Shadow of the Erdtree, this DLC is now available on PC and consoles as of June 21, 2024.

We certainly weren't expecting it anymore... On May 21, FromSoftware and Bandai Namco unveiled a trailer for the DLC for one of the latest GOTY releases, Elden Ring. Entitled Shadow of the Erdtree, this promises to bring you back to the heart of the Between Earth, and will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series from June 21, 2024.

Trailer for Elden Ring - Shadow of the Erdtree :

So, what will we be eating? As you'll have noticed, this DLC promises epic battles against new enemies, as well as new bosses, each more difficult than the last! Miquella, Malenia's twin brother, will be at the heart of the story. In terms of gameplay, everything that has made this Souls-like game such a success since its release, with particularly difficult battles and mechanics to be relearned for those who are no longer with the game.

You'll just have to be patient... But there's no doubt that Shadow of the Erdtree (remember, the DLC is not free, and you'll need Elden Ring to play it...) will delight fans of the original game. In any case, the various trailers are very appealing and remind us of many sequences from the main game, promising an equally fantastic experience. In the meantime, let's get back into the swing of things with Elden Ring... To your joysticks!

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Our review of Elden Ring - Shadow of the Erdtree:

Elden Ring returns with its long-awaited DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, and once again, FromSoftware amazes us with the richness of its scenery and the complexity of its gameplay.

True to the tradition of the franchise, Shadow of the Erdtree plunges us into sumptuous and varied landscapes. The DLC features a new region, the Shadow Kingdom, which is a veritable visual feast. From fields of blue flowers to the ruins of imposing castles, every corner of the world is filled with details and secrets to discover. The developers have succeeded in creating an atmosphere that is both magnificent and oppressive, enhanced by exceptional art direction.

The plot of Shadow of the Erdtree takes place in a forgotten land veiled by the shadow of the occult tree. After defeating Mohg, the Lord of Blood, and approaching the cocoon in the mausoleum of the Mohgwyn dynasty, you are greeted by the enigmatic Leda. She invites you to follow in the footsteps of Miquella - Malenia 's twin brother - across the Shadow Realm in the hope of discovering the fate of the missing god. This quest leads you to explore a world ravaged by the remnants of an ancient war between the Golden Order and the inhabitants of the Shadow Realm. You'll meet a variety of characters who will offer their help or reveal secrets crucial to understanding the mysteries of this land.

Challenge seekers are in for a real treat. FromSoftware doesn't disappoint, maintaining the high level of difficulty characteristic of the series. The bosses, in particular, are designed to test the skills of even the most experienced players. New enemies include horned knights and half-spider/half-scorpion hybrid beasts, each requiring specific strategies to defeat.

Shadow of the Erdtree doesn't just expand the map of the original game; it also refines the gameplay experience. The DLC introduces new weapons, spells and skills that considerably enrich the gameplay. Among these new features, certain weapons stand out for their maneuverability and combat efficiency. Venerated occult tree splinters and spiritual ashes offer new ways to progress and strengthen your character, making every exploration even more rewarding.

Indeed, the DLC introduces a new progression system based on occult tree splinters and venerated spiritual ashes. By exploring the Shadow Realm, players can find these rare items. Once collected in sufficient quantity, these items significantly increase a character's attack and defense stats, making battles against enemies and bosses more affordable. However, these benefits are only active as long as the player remains within the DLC zone. As soon as he leaves the Shadow Realm, the bonuses are deactivated until he returns to that specific region.

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree is an essential expansion for any fan of the franchise. With its sumptuous environments, tough challenges and many new features, this DLC pushes the boundaries of the original game even further. To access this new adventure, it is necessary to have defeated Radhan and Miquella, two major bosses from the base game, ensuring that only players with a certain amount of experience will be able to venture in. So get ready for an extra challenge, and be amazed by this high-quality additional content.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts June 21th, 2024

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