I wish I could somehow start Elden Ring fresh. I don’t mean simply begin another playthrough; I want a repeat of the first time I experienced this magical game. I want to rediscover how everything works all over again. Get lost in its open word without knowing what’s around every corner. I wish I could forget all the minute details that kept me hooked so I can come across them again for the first time.
But I can’t do any of that. The only thing I can think of is to put enough distance between me and Elden Ring, just long enough that I can forget most of it, in the hopes that when I return, I could maybe re-create those magical first few hours.
The last time this happened to me was – surprise, surprise! – with another FromSoft game: Sekiro. Once I was done with that one, I went looking for something that could provide even a hint of it. I didn’t really find anything that fit the bill, so I just stumbled from one game to another until I eventually caved and played Sekiro again start to finish (and again).