Elden Ring’s smartest trick is the ladder

There is a trap at the start of Elden Ring that I think a lot of new players fall into. In a puff of smoke, you are transported from the fields of Limgrave to a claustrophobic crystal cavern. The enemies here are brutal. Running past them to find the cave exit, you emerge into a hellscape of heavy metal – all lakes of blood and colossal skulls embedded in the mountainsides.

It’s easy to think you’ve been thrown around the world, an early high in Elden Ring’s nightmarish endgame. But in the full extent of The Lands Between, you’ve barely walked the road.

I can barely remember when the world was so small. (Image credit: From Software)