It’s kind of unfair how Elden Ring is just filled with great moments both big and small.
Here are some of my favorites that range from fun little surprises to whole-ass sequences that leave me stunned or laughing with glee.
Finally meeting the Two Fingers and realizing that, no, that’s not just a fancy title for a pair of wise old folks that will impart wisdom to help you on your journey to become Elden Lord. It’s literally two fingers!
Crashing these worshippers doing some kind of ritual fire sacrifice in Agheel Lake in the middle of the night and then actual Agheel crashing the party by swooping in and killing everybody as he lands, transitioning smoothly into a dragon boss fight in the open world.
Stumbling into this unassuming building in Mistwood that only has an elevator that goes down, and then taking that enclosed elevator that just keeps. going. down… until the walls give way to an underground sky that somehow impossibly is full of stars. Also, it’s a whole new area that’s home to ancient civilizations and dark secrets!
The entire Radahn boss fight, from the lead-up of entering Redmane Castle to the post-fight cutscene. Special shout-outs to Radahn leaping into space halfway through his health bar with the music cutting out and then after a couple of seconds comes crash landing back down like a meteorite trailblazing through the night sky to instantly kill anyone that’s in the impact zone and trigger the second phase music, and to Patches getting summoned only to peace out one comedy beat later after seeing Radahn lay waste to your NPC squad.
Finding the Beast Clergyman, this mysterious hulking, robed figure that you’ve been feeding Deathroot to for the entire game, as the boss fight of Crumbling Farum Azula. And then you get his health down to half where he reveals himself to be Maliketh, the Black Blade, Marika’s shadow-bound beast, Bearer of the Rune of Death, feared by all demigods, whose power was stolen and used to kill Godwyn the Golden, setting off the chain of events that led to the game. Also, his flowing white mane, black gold-trimmed berserker armor, and crimson flame-wrapped black stone greatsword make for such a sick fucking character design.
The entire final boss fight. The twist is you think you’re going to fight Marika the Eternal, the one responsible for shattering the Elden Ring, when she breaks out of her rune arc crucifixion and picks up her hammer. But then you see her golden locks turn fiery red, the mark of a demigod born from Marika’s union with her other half as seen with Radahn, Malenia, and Ranni’s old body, and it turns out you’re actually going to be fighting Radagon, leal hound of the Golden Order. It was such a great moment for me, especially because I had done Goldmask’s quest all on my own and called it before Radagon’s name appeared with his health bar. And to top it all off, From Software pulls out the trope of playing a grand reprise of the opening theme for the final battle, as the camera slowly zooms out of the shot showing Radagon with his back to the player, one arm raising Marika’s hammer and the Elden Ring suddenly lighting up from inside his hollowed body.
Here’s a time-stamped video of me reacting to it the first time just to remind folks! I would have put literally any other no-commentary video on here, but all of them frustratingly have a hard cut in the music when it shifts from the cutscene to the battle instead of the music smoothly transitioning from cutscene to gameplay as stylistically intended.
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Also, I really enjoyed the aesthetic spectacle of the Elden Beast fight!
I could seriously rattle off way more unforgettable moments, but I think this is enough to make the case for Elden Ring.